Royal Botanical Gardens
Royal Botanical Gardens
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is the largest botanical garden in Canada, a National Historic Site, and registered charitable organization with a mandate to bring together people, plants and nature. Royal Botanical Gardens is located at the western tip of Lake Ontario. Four distinct formal gardens are contained with 1100 hectares of nature reserve, nestled into the slopes of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve. The ever changing seasons, blooms, and natural phenomenon make each visit a new experience. Explore and enjoy the many historical plant collections, the Mediterranean Greenhouse, 27 km of nature trails and special events such as art and music in the gardens, blooms festivals and more.
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  • Trudy C
    Hamilton, Canada122 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely way to spend an afternoon
    We had a lovely lunch at the Rock Garden Cafe. The food was delicious and the setting lovely. We sat on the patio to enjoy the view. After our lunch we wandered through the gardens which was the perfect way to relax and enjoy nature.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Susie Q
    Liverpool, United Kingdom254 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful gardens and setting for events
    Beautiful gardens set out well. We also visited the restaurant for good food too. The different parts of the garden are beautifully organised and delightful to visit for the garden enthusiasts and for those just wanting a quiet place to enjoy nature.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 29, 2023
  • Connie B
    Cincinnati, Ohio365 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recommended
    We loved it! All of it! This is a must see without a doubt! We loved all the different areas inside and outside. The sculptures were very interested too. We got a snack there and enjoyed that as well. Everyone was friendly and informative, especially Gloria!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 9, 2023
  • TERRAvelista
    London, United Kingdom17,998 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rock garden at Royal botanical gardens.
    We always come here to the Rock garden, one of the several places part of the Royal botanical gardens, each with their own prices. This is our favourite place for a walk, just like Whisper gardens or Edwards gardens, although you have to pay the entry at all these locations for their upkeep. Rock Garden is simply stunning, layered on top of a former mine with water flow in the warmer season, surrounded by all kind of flowers, bushes, trees and places to sit, although I assume is very busy at the weekend, especially in the summer. There is also a restaurant housed in the entry building we ate at the first time we came here before descending to the gardens. Most surely we will be back.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 12, 2024
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Marc C
London, Canada17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
We went in mid-September, so we knew that some of the flowers would be past their peak. Fortunately there were still some roses blooming and the water lilies in the pond were attractive. The only part of the gardens we saw was Hendrie Park, and although not exceptional, it was pleasant enough for a couple of hours. A big disappointment is that we did not get to see the Rock Garden even though it was supposed to be included in our admission price. We were told everything closed at 5 pm. The map was confusing and misleading, and we all though the Rock Garden was closer than it really was. So we had to drive back to Hendrie Park and speak to someone who gave us more detailed instructions. This delayed us, of course, and by the time we finally found the Rock Garden, it was about 4:20 pm. We assumed we would at least have time for a short visit since it is supposed to be open until 5 pm. But the security guard refused to let us in, saying that the "last admission is at 4 pm" (we were not told this when we went back to Hendrie for assistance). He was very firm and inflexible about this, to the point of being condescending, saying "we should have known". Royal Botanical Gardens, please take note of our disappointment! You need to do a better job of informing visitors about how to get from one part of the gardens to the other and to better explain the reason why you won't allow responsible adults in after 4 pm, especially since we had already paid.
Written May 20, 2024
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TERRAvelista
London, UK17,998 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We always come here to the Rock garden, one of the several places part of the Royal botanical gardens, each with their own prices. This is our favourite place for a walk, just like Whisper gardens or Edwards gardens, although you have to pay the entry at all these locations for their upkeep. Rock Garden is simply stunning, layered on top of a former mine with water flow in the warmer season, surrounded by all kind of flowers, bushes, trees and places to sit, although I assume is very busy at the weekend, especially in the summer. There is also a restaurant housed in the entry building we ate at the first time we came here before descending to the gardens. Most surely we will be back.
Written May 12, 2024
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Cashmra
Dundas, Canada164 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Went to go to the cafe today at the main bldg. we used to go for lunch and/or sometimes just to shop thier lovely gift shop which you could do without paying admission. First you can no longer get to tye gift shop now without paying admission (BIG mistake as far as I am concerned since many people would spend $ there without actually going to the gardens). Second cafe is now just a refreshment stand. There were no signs indicating the change so when we went through as we usually would have, despite telling the lady at the door where we were going, they yelled at us for trying to bypass the tickets. Was an unpleasant experience and unfortunately they will be loosing our business.
Written May 5, 2024
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travelling_lots
Canada4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Beautiful and peaceful for a stroll. Love to see different wildlife, squirrels,swans, their babies haven’t changed their feathers yet.
Written February 9, 2024
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Carol H
Toronto, Canada9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Been a member for a number of years and while I love walking through the parks and exhibits, I’ve noticed the quality of the restaurant experiences has degraded with each visit. Our recent lunch at the main building cafe was awful - and we witnessed a poor senior customer trying four times to get a hot cup of coffee only to burn her hand on the mug on the final attempt. My advice is pack a lunch and avoid any of the food offerings.
Written December 9, 2023
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Marc C
London, Canada17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
We went in mid-September, so we knew that some of the flowers would be past their peak. Fortunately there were still some roses blooming and the water lilies in the pond were attractive. The only part of the gardens we saw was Hendrie Park, and although not exceptional, it was pleasant enough for a couple of hours. A big disappointment is that we did not get to see the Rock Garden even though it was supposed to be included in our admission price. We were told everything closed at 5 pm. The map was confusing and misleading, and we all though the Rock Garden was closer than it really was. So we had to drive back to Hendrie Park and speak to someone who gave us more detailed instructions. This delayed us, of course, and by the time we finally found the Rock Garden, it was about 4:20 pm. We assumed we would at least have time for a short visit since it is supposed to be open until 5 pm. But the security guard refused to let us in, saying that the "last admission is at 4 pm" (we were not told this when we went back to Hendrie for assistance). He was very firm and inflexible about this, to the point of being condescending, saying "we should have known". Royal Botanical Gardens, please take note of our disappointment! You need to do a better job of informing visitors about how to get from one part of the gardens to the other and to better explain the reason why you won't allow responsible adults in after 4 pm, especially since we had already paid.
Written September 29, 2023
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Connie B
Cincinnati, OH365 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We loved it! All of it! This is a must see without a doubt!
We loved all the different areas inside and outside. The sculptures were very interested too.
We got a snack there and enjoyed that as well.
Everyone was friendly and informative, especially Gloria!
Written September 9, 2023
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Susie Q
Liverpool, UK254 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Beautiful gardens set out well. We also visited the restaurant for good food too. The different parts of the garden are beautifully organised and delightful to visit for the garden enthusiasts and for those just wanting a quiet place to enjoy nature.
Written August 29, 2023
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Fiona M
Huntly, UK207 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Nice enough gardens, but nothing special. Confusing parking if you don't know the area - don't park beside the gardens as there is no access there. Go to the building across the road from it.
Written August 29, 2023
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TERRAvelista
London, UK17,998 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
I have visited gardens around the world yet I was really impressed with these gardens, especially the Rock Garden, not only because of it's history but also because of how it looks nowadays, or in August 2023 when we visited it.

The gardens are spread over a vast distance (I was wondering if I should bring my little scooter to walk even in the Hendrie park) hence needing a car. This area, coming from Hamilton, passing the Dundurn castle is truly beautiful and we were impressed with the entrance at the Rock garden, well maintained, and where we decided to have a meal at the Rock Garden bistro: the steak was extremely good although a bit pricey

1. The Rock Garden is a former gravel pit designed around 100 years ago (pictures in the garden show how it looked back then - more like a lunar picture) with 10000 tonnes stones brought here to create the amazing garden you see today: great setting, lots of perennials and my favourite, the hydrangea panicullata (I wish you found it in Europe too) and lots of other massive bushes beautifully organised reminding me of Japanese gardens, especially near the pond with it's colourful lilies (this reminds me how much I miss our USA pond with lilies and koi carp - but again I miss anything relating to wildlife). I was fortunate to visit the gardens mid week with no many people around - I would suspect at the weekend would be a mayhem here, judging from the many chairs and benches the staff cleverly placed around for people to enjoy the beauty of the gardens. There are beautiful views also from the top of the pit, looking down, no wonder we were wondering instantaneously if we should become members and come back in the future here
2. Membership to access all the gardens includes the parking too and if you like autumn or winter nature as we do and come here 3 times per year, as a couple, your membership is well worth it then, as it starts from 100 CAD
3. Membership also give you access to the many trails between the Rock garden and Hendrie Park (via Laking garden, Boardwalk etc - hence needing a map) and Hendrie park has lots of beautiful flower arrangements, not only in the building, where also a very good Gift shop is located, although a bit expensive (membership gives you a 10% discount) : there is a rose garden, more trails, you can have snacks at their cafe (although I wish they had ice cream on the warm day we visited)
4. There is also a Mediterranean garden housed in the building where the Hendrie park shop is and the smells here are just amazing!!!
5. From their info, I noticed they create lots of attractions year round: another reason for us to return and watch the bees, bumblebees, butterflies, dragon flies, hummingbirds etc making this place their home
6. I suspect the management is fully aware of the noise that can be heard from the road nearby (I wish stone walls were in place to diminish this noise) and this must be the reason they decided to play calm music in the Rock Garden - how thoughtful!!!
7. Local people growing their veggies? How great is that, as we passed an area where I noticed people were growing tomatoes, cabbage etc

There is so much more to see here, no wonder I was so impressed and cannot wait to return.
Written August 23, 2023
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