Sheffield Botanical Gardens is a beautiful place and very special to me. It’s not the usual destination for free family day out but I promise it’s worth it! We do love a stroll winding along the pretty paths and it certainly cheers you up even on the darkest of days. Plus, it’s free, there’s a lovely cafe, grass to picnic on surrounded by the most amazing flowers and plants, a large green house and a magical grade II listed bear pit. 5 Free Things To Do At Sheffield Botanical Gardens
5 Free Things To Do At Sheffield Botanical Gardens
Sheffield Botanical Gardens is free to visit 364 days a year and has over 5,000 different species of plants, 19 acres of land, glass pavilions, victorian bedding displays, water features and much more. There are 18 distinct character areas with winding paths and trails to explore.
This is one of the most lovely things to do in Sheffield, it’s a great alternative to the many ancient woodlands and playgrounds we have here. 5 Free Things To Do At Sheffield Botanical Gardens
My LO loves running around learning the names of flowers, looking at Bees and finding the Bear Pit. The open space in general is great for an explore with a toddler who can just lead the way, the paths are flat so they’re suitable for pushchairs and there’s an absolutely amazing toy shop in the Gatehouse.
5 Things To Do At Sheffield Botanical Gardens
- Find the Pan Statue and see how many animals you can spot on it!
- Have a picnic – yum! If you’ve forgotten anything, head to the Curators Tea Room.
- Scavenger hunt! Learn and find the name of 5 different types of flowers, 3 different types of trees and 2 statues or sculptures.
- Feed the squirrels. Buy healthy squirrel food from pet stores or local garden centres. The squirrels at Sheffield Botanical Gardens are known to be super friendly!
- Meet the bear. The Bear Pit is a popular part of Sheffield Botanical Gardens for kids and it’s great for imaginary play. The big bear statue is hidden away, can you find it? And if you visit during winter… he’s usually wearing a Santa hat!
Our favourite thing to do at Sheffield Botanical Gardens is just explore. The paths are so suitable for choose-your-own-adventure and even though you may find yourself lost, it is easy to find your way back out again; that’s the whole fun part. 🙂
We usually like to walk down to Endcliffe Park for playground fun after a visit to the Botanical Gardens, too.
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Have you been to Sheffield Botanical Gardens? Here’s 5 Quick Facts:
- The Gardens are Grade II on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest.
- The Gardens opened to a paying public in 1836.
- The Heritage Lottery Urban Park Forum awarded the Gardens a £5 million grant and the Gardens has undergone a £6.69m restoration finishing at the end of 2005.
- Find the gardens at Clarkehouse Rd, Sheffield S10 2LN.
- There is a well-preserved fossil of a tree-like Lepidodendron which could be 312 million years old.