A third trip to St Andrews in a week saw us go for a visit to the town’s Botanic Gardens.

Entry was £5 for adults and free for kids, although everybody gets in free on the first Friday of the month. There was a special butterfly exhibition on which cost extra to access, but unfortunately the Botanic Garden website hadn’t provided any details about this. Also, there was no card machine so we couldn’t go in to see it. Not the best start to the trip!

There was a hedgehog hunt and a map for the kids. Then we were on our way.

Botanic Gardens

Botanic Gardens

There are loads of trails to pick from, through woodlands, gardens, by a stream or through the glasshouses.

Botanic Gardens

We had our picnic lunch at the edge of a meadow, next to a small lake. It was cold but the surroundings were beautiful.

Botanic Gardens

Botanic Gardens

The walk by the stream highlighted insect life and water based plants. All of the park had ornaments and sculptures throughout. The glass houses were a welcome shelter from the bitter cold!

Botanic Gardens

A sign warning that some of the plants may be poisonous seemed to scare Jack a little. The plants were diverse, aromatic and impressive.

Botanic Gardens

Botanic Gardens

Botanic Gardens

There was plenty of colour and hidden treats.

Botanic Gardens

Botanic Gardens

As you can see. the glass house provided much colour and warmth after a wet week.

Botanic Gardens

Botanic Gardens

A trip to the Herb Garden proved that it was too early in the year to see it at it’s best. The kids did enjoy meeting the Gruffalo’s child!

The Botanic Gardens’ organisation (website / payment methods) were archaic, but the features within the Gardens themselves were beautiful. There was lots to explore and admire. I’d recommend it for a warm day, picnic and family day out.