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Benmore Botanic Garden

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Address: Botanic Gardens Cowal Peninsula, Benmore PA23 8QU, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1369 706261
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10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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In a magnificent mountainside setting on the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll lies...

In a magnificent mountainside setting on the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll lies Benmore, an enchanting Garden steeped in history and surrounded by dramatic scenery.

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Beautifully Maintained Gardens

Have visited this place many times over the years, always when the season is closed and barely a bloom left on the trees and bushes, however even on a cold crisp day it is a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Carnoustie, United Kingdom

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Carnoustie, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have visited this place many times over the years, always when the season is closed and barely a bloom left on the trees and bushes, however even on a cold crisp day it is a wonder to stroll through the gardens with your dogs and enjoy the scenery and peace and serenity. On our recent visit we finished up at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely amazing place. The Autumn colours were stunning. So much to see. Great view points. Photos do not do it justice.

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Barrie, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My cousin had been before, and is much more a plant person than I am, but I'm game for anything, especially just getting outside and walking for a bit. There were wonderful displays, even into September. The variety of trees were great. I'm very fond of the tall Douglas Firs. We had a lovely lunch in their restaurant after.

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Thank CanadianJane1957
Rainhill, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

My wife and I visited with my sister-in-law and niece, who have just moved to nearby Dunoon. We were only able to spend a couple of hours but could easily have made a full day of it as the gardens are much bigger than we expected. We were lucky with the weather, which allowed us to enjoy the glorious autumn... More 

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Stockport
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We had quite an enjoyable day at Benmore Gardens the high spot being tea and cakes in the cafe where we were spoilt for choice. Some parts were easily accessible and others were less so and would not be very good if you have mobility problems. The more interesting parts seemed to be the least accessible. One criticism is that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

What a wonderful place, the giant trees are truly magnificent, the walk to the view point is a must. The fernery a jem, there jus is so much to see it is definitely inspiring

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Motherwell, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Hidden away in a beautiful valley we found a welcoming oasis. Parking was perfect. The booking in was indoors, The cafe had good variety and service was excellent.The grounds were well kept, signage brilliant, sets to rest awhile were everywhere Very customer friendly!! The whole are of gardens are extremely well kept and the signage on plants was readily available.... More 

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North Carolina Mountains, North Carolina
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

It's a big boring park. Puck's Glen down the road is BETTER and free. Don't waste your time here... I have NO idea what people like about this. There are more ... MUCH MORE beautiful areas that are free to explore. Worst day in Scotland.

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SCOTLAND
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Had small dog but apart from Fern House could access everywhere else. Steep climb to view point but well worth it. If wet it would be a bit of a struggle. Signage could be clearer. Overall well worth a visit especially the coffee shop/cafe. Friendly staff.

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Aberdeen
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

This was much better than i anticipated. It has great diversity in the gardens, lots of different areas to explore and a lot more space to walk around than i expected. I really enjoyed walking up to the view point near the rhododendron collections and the fernery.

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