Clarkehouse Rd, Broomhall, Sheffield S10 2LN

Opened in 1836, Sheffield Botanical gardens provide a wealth of beauty and education for the visitor, close to the heart of Sheffield. These 19 south-facing acres, originally part of the farm of legendary snuff merchant Joseph Wilson, are now sub-divided by theme and region to provide a unique day out for the family, and a peaceful refuge from the city for students from the nearby University of Sheffield and King Edward VII secondary school.

The floral displays include areas devoted to succulents, plants from Asia and the Americas, and a garden devoted to the changing seasons, ensuring that no two trips to the gardens are ever the same.

The gardens have outstanding architectural features too, including a rare Grade II listed bear pit, replete with an eight foot steel casting of an American black bear, known as Robert, or Bobby, and beautiful ornate grade II listed glass pavilions. They were restored and reopened in 2003, prior to which banana trees could be seen forcing their way through the panes.

There are eighteen gardens in all, connected by winding paths and information boards explaining the rich diversity of specimens on display.

The gardens are full accessible to disabled visitors and the on-site restaurant and Tea Rooms “The Curator’s House” presents a lovely opportunity for a rest and refreshment on your tour. The Dorothy Fox Education centre is an important resource for local educators.

The gardens are a beautiful and popular backdrop for photography, including wedding and graduation events, but these must be booked in advance.

The gardens are free to enter, but both the outdoor and indoor exhibits have opening ties which vary through the year. It is important to note as the exterior gates are locked outside of these times. No cycling or ball games are allowed at any time and dogs must be kept on leads.