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...
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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?!

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With love,

Gabrielle x