Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Glasgow Botanic Gardens, located in the West End of Glasgow and managed by Glasgow City Council is arguably the finest Garden in Glasgow, and is dominated by the recently restored Kibble Palace.

Nearest Railway Station

Glasgow Central is the nearest main station and an easy cycle ride to the Botanic Gardens.

Cycle Hire

NextBike cycle hire is available outside Central and Queen Street stations as well as many other locations across the city. Use it with our cycle directions below.

Arriving by Foot

For a medium-distance (3 mile) walk, follow the cycle route below. Otherwise, make your way to the St Enoch subway station. To get there, exit Glasgow Central onto Argyle Street by following signs to the Low Level station. Turn left on Argyle Street and walk a short distance until St Enoch subway station is on your right. Frequent trains run from here to Hillhead underground station (9 min. journey). From Hillhead station, take a right onto Byres Road. It is a short walk to the junction with the Great Western Road. The entrance to the Botanic Gardens is on the corner opposite.

Arriving by Bike

This route leaves from Glasgow Central. Even though it is not the closest station, it is served by the most trains and given the distance, it is more convenient to cycle from here than change trains. The first part of the route makes use of the segregated cycle path that runs between Glasgow Central Rail Station and Kelvingrove Park. The route then turns north to follow the Kelvin Walkway, a wide traffic free path that runs alongside the River Kelvin all the way to the Botanic Gardens. Bicycles will need to be wheeled or carried up a short stretch of wide steps between the river and a side entrance to the Gardens on arrival.

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Nearest cycle parking

There are no cycle racks at the Botanic Gardens but cycles can be fastened to the low rail that runs along the lawn edge at the Kibble Palace Glasshouse.

Cycle carriage on trains

Glasgow central is served by local, regional, and intercity ScotRail trains which usually have four cycle spaces. Some electric trains have no or only two spaces but allow cycles to be stored in the doorways (on the right side of the train). Bicycles do not require reservations on ScotRail services to Waverley except for trains from Inverness and Aberdeen. Bicycle reservations for these services can be made by contacting ScotRail telesales on 0330 303 0111 or visiting a station ticket office. Full details are contained in the ScotRail Connections Guide.

Glasgow Central is also served by long-distance trains operated by CrossCountry, TransPennine Express, Virgin Trains East Coast, and Virgin Trains West Coast. These operators carry between two and six bicycles and require a reservation, which can be made by contacting the train company or visiting a ticket office.

Arriving by Bus

Several buses pass the Gardens including 6, 6A, 6B, 8, 19, 90 operated by First Bus.

Directions to the Bus Stop

From the ticket gates at Glasgow Central station, walk forward and then look for the Union Street Exit on your right. Cross over Union Street and then turn right. Walk down the pavement until you get to the bus stops.

This information was believed to be correct at the date of publication of this website, 23 June 2015. We would encourage users of the site to check the public transport information presented above before setting off.