St Andrews Botanical Garden is a stunning collection of rare plants, ponds waterfalls and rock gardens. There are some delightful woodland walks and spacious glasshouses.
Throughout the year there are a variety of guided walks in the gardens. The walks start at 2 pm. You can learn about a variety of topics while you walk. Learn about the birds that live in the gardens, or how to grow your own veggies.
During the school holidays, there are arts and crafts workshops on every day between 12 and 2 pm. The sessions are included in the cost of entry.
There is the Hug A Tree trail that takes you around the gardens and allows you to get up close and personal with the trees. Everything you need for the trail can be picked up in a backpack from the ticket office.
The Trees Under Threat trail help you to explore the dangers that are faced by trees around the world. You can learn about how vital trees are to life on earth and how many are at risk of extinction.
Planet Botanic is the program of children’s activities that the gardens run. Part of this is the garden explorers club. You can be part of the club for £25 a year. This gives you access to monthly activities like apple pressing and bulb planting.
The St Andrews Botanical Gardens are open seven days a week. The gardens open at 10 am every day. From April to September the gardens close at 6 pm. From October through to March the gardens close at 4 pm. The tea rooms close 30 minutes before closing time.
Adult tickets cost £6. Students and under 18s get free entry. If you want to go into the tropical butterfly experience, which is open from April to September, there is an extra £3.25 fee for all visitors. The tickets for the butterfly experience gives you a timed entry slot; you can stay inside as long as you want.
When you are done in the gardens, you can visit the shop. In the shop, you can pick up plants and tools to take your inspiration home and grow your own piece of the gardens.
If you need to refuel after exploring the gardens, you can grab a treat from the tea rooms.