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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

6 Of The Best Glasshouses To Visit In The UK

Travel Blog List of the Best Glasshouses in the UKOh hey, would you look at that!  I've managed to find a way to get glasshouses back on A Glass Of Ice.  Surprise, surprise.  At what point do we consider this an obsession?  If, like me, you find yourself drawn to the clean lines and bright light of glasshouses, then you're in luck!  I've delved into my glasshouse-memory (it's a thing), as well as those still on my glasshouse-wishlist (it's definitely a thing), to put together a list of 6 of the best glasshouses in the UK.  So, jot down the addresses, get your cameras ready and start exploring...
Travel Blogger Cambridge University Botanical Gardens
Cambridge Botanical Gardens The Glasshouse Range
Some of the most spectacular, fresh and light-filled glasshouses found in the UK, open to the public and listed in no particular order...

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As shown in this post, The Glasshouse Range is a striking feature found within the Cambridge University Botanical Gardens, having been restored and transformed over the past five years.

Perfect for: combining with a walk through the gardens


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The Palm House was constructed in 1844 and recreates a rainforest climate.  The site is now famous for being the world's most important surviving Victorian glass and iron structure.
 (throwing it waaaay back to 2015 - Illuminated Trail at Kew Gardens)

Perfect for: adding to your itinerary when visiting the capital, thanks to its Southwest London location


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Covering the area of 10 tennis courts, the environment and climate changes as you follow the path and move through different segments.  There are three climatic zones to discover: dry temperate, moist temperate and tropical (my favourite!)

Perfect for: visiting in December to see festive displays including Poinsettias and Cyclamen 


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The Eden Project boasts the largest indoor rainforest in the world as well as other interesting features such as the Rainforest Canopy Walkway and Giant Bee.  But it's simply the biome structures that have really pushed it to the top of my list of glasshouses to visit!

Perfect for: visiting with a group and making a day out of it


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Scientific centre for the study of plants, boasting 25 different glasshouses both built and restored at varying times in history.  However, it's The Tropical Palmhouse (built in 1834) that steals the show with its Victorian appearance!

Perfect for: Instagramming (sorry)


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Located in the Carmarthenshire countryside, alongside the world's largest single-span glasshouse you'll find themed gardens and tropical Butterfly house.

Perfect for: architectural enthusiasts - and feeling small in a very, very spacious structure


Cambridge Botanical Gardens Autumn Visit Travel Blog
Cambridge Botanical gardens The Glasshouse Range in Autumn
I hope this list has been of some help for those of you interested in glasshouses, or perhaps those curious about what the fuss is all about!  It really is a case of needing to experience them for yourself to truly appreciate the appeal.  Let me know in the comments below whether you've visited any of these 6 UK glasshouses before, or if you plan on checking any of them out for yourself?!

Cambridge University Botanical Gardens
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With love,

Gabrielle x



  1. I can’t believe how many greenhouses you’re spoilt with while I’m pretty sure we have zero public ones in Perth. The last time I was in a greenhouse was in Thailand! I really need to save this list & plan a trip to the UK asap! haha


  2. Wow this place is stunning!! Love how many greenhouses there are near you. Totally makes me want to go to one soon!



  3. Glass houses are so beautiful, especially old ones. I love the dichotomy between vibrant plants and older metal and glass. There don't seem to be too many glasshouses in Los Angeles due to the warmer climate, so I'm due to visit one. I'll keep these in mind!

  4. I had no idea that England had so many beautiful glass houses until I kept seeing them on your blog! I'd love to visit some of these gorgeous spots next time I'm back in the UK.

    Rachel xx

  5. I want to visit England so bad! you look lovely Gabrielle.

  6. To be honest, I never thought much about glass houses until I started reading your blog. Now I keep thinking about where I might find one in Germany.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  7. Lovely pictures as always. I love rainforests so the Eden project in Cornwall sounds perfect for me> I would love to visit it one day. Have a beautiful day. xoxo Cris

  8. Well, glasshouses are magical. They make me think of fairy tales. You have lovely photos with glasshouses in the background.

    Jasmine x
    Jas Claire

  9. I never though about visiting glass houses when I travel, thank you for such a great list, they are all breathtaking

  10. Glasshouses are just gorgeous - I had no idea we had so many here in the UK. Love visiting the Palm House in Kew Gardens!

    Miriam x

  11. Oh I want to visit all of them! Such a cozy and gorgeous environment too. Kew Gardens is definitely first on my list, have had it as a "must-see" for the longest time now. Have a lovely day, Xx

  12. You always feature the best places babe...a glass, I wonder if I could find any in CT :) xx

  13. I love this - I've been to Kew Gardens but I need to add the others to my list! x

  14. Out of all these, I've only visited the Kew Gardens glasshouse, which is very beautiful indeed! The Cambridge one in particular looks wonderful after its restoration.

  15. Such a great post! I have never visited any of these but would love to! Gemma x

  16. I so wish I could visit UK! I don't think we have any in my city. And you look lovely like always! xx

  17. It’s official! I’m adding Cambridge to my bucket list! Ha! Great photos!


  18. Bookmarking this post! Not sure when will I ever visit the UK but when I do, this will come in handy.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  19. You can never share too much about glass houses, they're just so relaxing! Loved this post, and have added all of these to my list. Will have to visit them someday! Gorgeous, calming photos as always too. - Tasha

  20. You've become quite the expert in glasshouses haha! I've been to the Edinburgh botanical gardens are there glasshouses were indeed beautiful. I really want to go to Kew next year, that's on my list!

    Julia x
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  21. Your posts about places just always makes me wanna pack my things and travel around the UK. I love it Gabrielle. I need to start visiting these places.

  22. Love these suggestions for such unique locations to visit! The Palm House sounds amazing, a rainforest climate would be fantastic to see in person!

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

  23. Ohhh wow!!! I haven't been to a glasshouse in so long, but have such good memories from visiting some when I was younger.

  24. love glass houses they are super pretty! would love to visit these
    Isabelle x
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  25. Ohmygosh they are all so beautiful!

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

  26. great post - i like so much glassgarden - we have one here in Poznań where I live too :-)
    Like always so stunning pictures dear xx

  27. Ah I love this post, I wish there were some nearer me! (there probably are and I just haven't looked haha)
    Amy xx

  28. Oh, wow! Thank you so much for sharing with us :) Good to know!

    I am going to London soon, btw :)


  29. I must say, I havent visited any of the glasshouses that you have mentioned but I may try and visit the one in Edinburgh! Such a great post :) and beautiful pics!
    x x

  30. Love the idea of visiting different glashouses!! I have never been to any of those! The closest to this I have seen before was in Madrid! There is this huge glashouse called El Palacio De Cristal, but it doesn't have any plants inside haha
    Anyway it's extremely pretty! :)

    Happy Friday!!


    Seize your Style

  31. I love the glasshouses you have shared here!
    They look stunning!
    Have a great weekend!
    Xx Caroline

  32. I visited a greenhouse in Iceland last year and it was such a great experience, would love to visit some of these, thanks for sharing xx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  33. What a cool and unique post! Definitely added one of these to my bucket list!

    Thanks so much for sharing :)

    Amber |

  34. Beautiful pictures and a great list that I will definitely be looking into - thank you!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  35. I would looove to visit all of these! I'm absolutely in love with glass houses.

    Heidi ✨ | Heidi’s Planner

  36. How neat! I didn't really realize this was a thing.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  37. Beautiful photos! Glasshouses can be quite nice but I didnt know visiting them was a thing!

  38. These places are phenomenal. You're lucky you live close to so many greenhouse.

    Jessica |

  39. We're visiting a botanical garden this weekend! Kew and Cambridge are two of my faves

  40. Love them too so much, i have visited Cambridge, Kew Gardens and Edinburgh!

  41. These photos look magical! I was just in Edinburgh and regret not seeing the botanical garden there! We didn't have enough time.


  42. Totally keeping this in my bookmarks. Informative and cool. Thanks for the tips!


  43. I've actually never been to a glasshouse before, but your photos make them look so pretty! I definitely will need to one day now. :)


  44. Beautiful photographs, I'm assuming the title of your blog is inspired by your love of glasshouses? I haven't actually visited one in a very long time, and I certainly didn't realise there was one at Cambridge University, I did visit a friend there years ago but didn't see it.

    I think out of all of these Cambridge is the one to put on my must visit list :)

    Lovely suggestions and photographs!

    I hope you're having a lovely weekend so far Gabrielle :)


    Laura xo

    1. Haha, funnily enough the two aren't connected - although when I came up with the name, perhaps subconsciously... they were?!

      Gabrielle x

  45. Great that there are so many glasshouses in the UK. I am living in Vienna and we have also some here, that are really lovely. Wishing you a great weekend Gabrielle. xoxo

  46. We LOVE glasshouses! We have the Botanic Gardens in Denver, and they have HUGE ones. So much to look at! Being around plants is Ben's heaven haha. I love it too! These look beautiful!

    Susie |

  47. I should definitely check out glass houses next time I travel, what an interesting read! xx

    Naya //

  48. Thanks for putting this list together Gabrielle. I always find glasshouses so magical.

  49. So happy that you share this one!
    I just added it to my list when visit UK ♥♥♥

  50. un post precioso y un lugar con mucho encanto

  51. We've visited Kew & Eden and loved it so thanks for the other recommendations... Beautiful photos btw!


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