The jewel of the Botanic Gardens (check the article), Kibble Palace is one of the country’s few remaining Victorian glasshouses, an elegant structure of iron and glass housing fantastic botanical displays. From the outside it looks magnificent; inside its bright, airy spaces provide plenty of room to wander, and there are benches where you can sit and relax.
Exotic plants from around the world tower up above. In one section there’s an intriguing exhibition of carnivorous plants (at its most interesting in spring and summer); in another you’ll find rare cacti. Everything is right up close where you can smell and touch it (though the latter might not always be a good idea!)
Unsurprisingly, the Palace is popular with people of all ages. Children particularly love the indoor fish pond, full of big bright carp donated by city residents over the years. Art lovers will adore not only the structure itself but also the graceful statues that adorn it. To complement this, there are often cultural events going on.
In summer you can often catch a Shakespeare play there (Bard in the Botanics), and there are plenty of ice-cream vans to be found. It’s an ideal destination for families.
The Kibble can also be booked for photographic purposes: weddings, for instance. There is a charge of £ 50.
Kibble Palace | Art & culture, Relaxing | Free
730 Great Western Road
10:00 – 18:00 (16:15 in winter) daily