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Inverness Botanic Gardens

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Inverness Botanic Gardens

624 Reviews
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CLReviews wrote a review Nov 2020
Scotland, United Kingdom34 contributions70 helpful votes
The botanic gardens were lovely although in comparison to the likes of Edinburgh Botanics there wasn't as much to see here. Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic some of the area was inaccessible which of course can't be helped. It is still worth the visit as it is free and what is there is nice to look at and the soup & paninis were delicious from the cafe!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from InvBotanicGardens, Manager at Inverness Botanic Gardens
Responded 9 Nov 2020
Hi There, Thanks for taking the time to let us know about your visit. I'm really pleased you enjoyed the cafe it's recently been refurbished. We are much smaller than Edinburgh Botanic Gardens and younger we are only 26 years old verses 350! We are working on ways to open the tropical house but it is difficult to remain Covid compliant and protect the health of the plants. Thanks for coming. Ewan Mackintosh Manager.
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Sheila Cumming wrote a review Oct 2020
Helensburgh, United Kingdom8 contributions
Half of it is closed and the rest of it you can see in five minutes! Not worth the effort unless you want a good slice of cake.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from InvBotanicGardens, Manager at Inverness Botanic Gardens
Responded 2 Nov 2020
Hi There, Thanks for visiting our gardens and taking the time to feedback. Sadly our Tropical house is closed due to Covid restrictions but the Cactus house and all of the external areas are open. I'm glad you like the cake. We have recently refurbished the cafe and created a new covered decking area. If you would like to provide more feedback I'd be happy to listen. Please don't hesitate to contact me directly at ewan.mackintosh@highlifehighland. Kind regards Ewan Manger.
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WendyLou03 wrote a review Oct 2020
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom164 contributions36 helpful votes
There is only 1 disabled parking space outside the Botanic Gardens, however there is a large car park across the road that has several disabled parking spaces. Most of the place is on the one level, including the gardens outside, which are really interesting and well presented. A recent review states that the Botanic gardens are not disabled friendly, I would disagree, I'm a wheelchair user and I managed to get around very well even in the pouring rain. Yes there are 2 levels to the cactus house, however, you can still take photos of all the plants from the top level. There are ramps purpose built for both disabled and able bodied people to use. The cafè is lovely and well managed, the food is excellent and not very expensive. The staff are more than willing to help if necessary and are always cheerful. The only real criticism I have is the disabled toilet, it's got far too much things in it, which then restricts a wheelchair and the disabled person who is trying to use the toilet. It needs rearranging and a little more thought on how it is accessible to wheelchair users. Thank you to all the staff for being open in these difficult times and for committing to all the regulations in place at this time. Our waitress even had gloves on as well as a mask all the time we were there.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from InvBotanicGardens, Manager at Inverness Botanic Gardens
Responded 3 Nov 2020
Hi There, Thanks for the feedback. I'm really pleased you enjoyed the visit to the gardens. We have recently refurbished the cafe and it's great to hear you enjoyed the food and were well looked after. If you would like to provide more feedback I'd be happy to listen. Please don't hesitate to contact me directly at ewan.mackintosh@highlifehighland. Kind regards Ewan Manger.
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Cathy R wrote a review Oct 2020
Southampton, United Kingdom1 contribution
Only one disabled parking space suitable for wheelchair users. Staff were very pleasant and the cafe food was good value for money. We only managed to spend 5/10 minutes in whe first tropical greenhouse because there was only about 20 feet on that level, the rest was downstairs. Overall, very pretty plants, but not a suitable trip out for wheelchair users.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from InvBotanicGardens, Manager at Inverness Botanic Gardens
Responded 2 Nov 2020
Hi There, Thanks for visiting our gardens and taking the time to feedback. I'm pleased you found the staff pleasant and the food good value. We have recently refurbished the cafe, with new menu, a new covered decking area with wheelchair ramp. Last year we installed 2 sets of automatic doors to ease access for wheelchairs. Sadly our Tropical House is closed due to Covid restrictions but the Cactus House and all of the external areas are open. We do have more work to do to improve access and I would be happy to listen to any suggestion you have. Please don't hesitate to contact me directly at ewan.mackintosh@highlifehighland I'd very much apricate your feedback. Kind regards Ewan Manger.
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GlorianaRed wrote a review Oct 2020
131 contributions10 helpful votes
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I usually love botanic gardens. Even if there's not much there (like in winter) just being out and about in the fresh air and scenery is really relaxing. However, I was disappointed with this place. Im glad it was free to enter. There is an option to pay a donation at the entrance. The sign on it says that the cost of the upkeep of the gardens works out at just over £10 per visitor. I would not be happy if I had paid £10 per person to get in here! There really wasn't much to see. I dont even think I can blame the pandemic for that, as i have visited other gardens during this time, and not been disappointed. The indoor areas (tropical and cactus) were closed, (although a small part of the cactus house was open) which surprised me. I imagined a one way system and control of numbers inside would be doable, just like other gardens. But no, totally shut. The rest of the garden really wasn't very big. Paths were quite narrow, muddy in places, and not that well kept. We headed for a "pond" which was labelled on the map, only to find it was less than 3ft in size. We were just rather underwhelmed, which is a shame.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from InvBotanicGardens, Manager at Inverness Botanic Gardens
Responded 3 Nov 2020
Hi There, Thanks for visiting our gardens and taking the time to feedback. Sadly our Tropical house is closed due to Covid restrictions but the Cactus house and all of the external areas are open. The paths are narrow in places and it's an ongoing job keeping them mud free. There are 4 ponds in the gardens two are small ornamental ponds and two are larger ponds designed to promote wildlife. If you would like to provide more feedback I'd be happy to listen. Please don't hesitate to contact me directly at ewan.mackintosh@highlifehighland. Kind regards Ewan Manger.
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