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Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, Ontario L7T 4H4, Canada
+1 905-527-1158
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more than we thought. Lovely layout. smallish but big too - make sure you have 6 hours at least including snack/lunch

Although it is divided in 3 sections that you have to drive to. It is easy to spend 1 - 1.5 hours... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Toronto, Canada
Well worth a visit!

We visited the rock garden and had lunch in the new cafeteria that opened in 2016. This was very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Hastings, United Kingdom
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Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is the largest botanical garden in Canada, a National Historic Site, and registered charitable organization with a mandate to bring together people, plants and nature. Royal Botanical Gardens is located at the western tip of Lake Ontario. Four distinct formal gardens are contained with 1100 hectares of nature reserve, nestled into the slopes of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve. The ever changing seasons, blooms, and natural phenomenon make each visit a new experience. Explore and enjoy the many historical plant collections, the Mediterranean Greenhouse, 27 km of nature trails and special events such as art and music in the gardens, blooms festivals and more.
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  • Average6%
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“tea house” (30 reviews)
“laking garden” (23 reviews)
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680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, Ontario L7T 4H4, Canada
+1 905-527-1158
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Although it is divided in 3 sections that you have to drive to. It is easy to spend 1 - 1.5 hours walking around taking photos and relaxing in each section. We only made it to 2 sections plus lunch. There are trails too but...More

Thank unagiichi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the rock garden and had lunch in the new cafeteria that opened in 2016. This was very good. The garden was well laid out and although not the best month to visit was very enjoyable. There was plenty to see and strolling through...More

Thank DP1066
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a wonderful tour of the gardens although there was a major re-construction effort underway of the rose garden. It was a bit noisy with construction noise - so not as relaxing as could've been. Will be beautiful when completed. Lovely grasses and creative...More

Thank fortitudeX4
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tranquil Setting: listen to piped gentle music as you follow the winding paths through beautiful & rare plants, trees that border waterfalls & ponds. Guaranteed to lower your blood pressure as you share nature in this 'quiet' setting so close, yet 'so far' from the...More

Thank Rosemary P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff were very pleasant and chatty, the shop extensive, the Med garden was OK, but unfortunately the rose garden was gone, and yes there was a lot of construction. We didn't see anymore as it was the only day in 10 that it rained.

Thank Margaret G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Looking at the other reviews I can't believe that we were in the same place. We started at the RGB centre, an empty cavern of a place with no life or soul. The mediterranean garden was OK if a little dull, the cacti and succulents...More

Thank Old007
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

incredible variety of all types of plantings, grouped in numerous areas of the main campus, both inside and out, rock garden a spectacular location as well.

Thank michaelbQ168AO
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What an incredible place! So many different locations and beautiful settings. I recommend this to anyone., We took visiting relatives from the UK who are used to RHS Kew in London and they found it stunning too.

Thank Jenny K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For the record, I grew up near Hamilton and visited the RBG Rock Gardens every summer. I was very young and enjoyed running among numerous paths and steps that flanked and overlooked beautiful floral and water displays situated at the bottom of the rock garden....More

1  Thank Steven B
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

Always something of interest to see on the trails and as it was our first visit to the "new" rock garden " we really enjoyed showing it to our 10 year old granddaughter.

Thank Pam G
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Response from oulo | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is.
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Response from ugh-lomi | Reviewed this property |
Print the RBG Visitor Guide provided on the RBG's website. Park at the RBG Centre, visit Hendrie Park via the tunnel under Plains Drive. If you still have time, visit the new Rock Garden about 1.75 km west on Plains Rd/York... More
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Response from Guy G | Reviewed this property |
Hi, sorry for the long delay, I hope you have found what you are looking for, if not please let me know