Weekend Trip from London to Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses
Whilst London, undeniably, has lots of fantastic green space, nature lovers often crave for new places to explore. Birmingham Botanical Gardens, is an ideal place to take a little time out from the big smoke and truly relax in beautiful surroundings. Located in the Edgbaston area of the city, the gardens were founded in 1829 by the local heritage society and designed by Scottish gardener planner J.C. Louden. With stunning grounds, covering 15 acres, you can unwind in this tranquil setting and admire thousands of plant species at one place. Without doubt, the highlight of the gardens is in the collection of glasshouses. There are four glasshouses in total, mimicking tropical, subtropical, Arid and Mediterranean climates. Educational tours and a variety of audio guides are available and there is a large information center, on site tea room and shop, to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
The gardens are a popular choice for budding photographers, with photography courses running all year round, to help you take the best nature pictures possible. Check out the website for the latest events, ranging from Mad Hatter’s Tea Parties and outdoor theater productions. There are many events and art festivals, outside of the gardens too, with Art Rocks and the Black Creek Arts Festival being the most popular.
If you want to see more of Birmingham, there is plenty to see in this growing city. If you are still in the mood for being green fingered, Winterborne Gardens is well worth a visit, as is Birmingham’s Wildlife Conservation Park. If you are travelling with your family, a trip to Cadbury’s world will delight. To unwind of an evening, book a concert at the impressive Symphony Hall. For dinner, book a table at Adam’s or Purnell’s for a splash out meal or Annexe for a more laid back evening.
How to Reach Birmingham
Birmingham is just over a 2 hour drive from London. You can catch a National express coach from Victoria Coach station or a direct train from Euston to Birmingham New Street. There are regular buses from the city center to the botanical gardens, taking around 20 minutes.
Where to Stay in Birmingham
Hotel Le Tour offers 4 star luxury hotel, just outside the city center itself but a great spot for visiting the Bullring, if you are planning on shopping. The Blue Piano is a stylish B&B, situated just outside the city center, that offers great value for money. If you are looking for a city center stay, that is more affordable, The Emerald Suite is a luxury suite where you can relax and unwind after a long day walking around the gardens.