MyVoucherCodes has undertaken research to unveil the ‘Most Instagrammed Botanical Gardens’ across the United Kingdom. Visiting botanical gardens is becoming more and more popular, with a rise of 7.3% in visitor figures in 2017 compared with 2016. We have explored every botanical garden across the United Kingdom* to discover the most Instagrammed spot, from the famous Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to the National Botanical Gardens of Wales.
Instagram has one billion users every month**, and with 400 million daily users of Instagram stories,*** it is one of the largest social sharing platforms in the world. We have scrolled, double-tapped and screen-shotted all of the snaps, and have discovered the 10 most Instagrammed botanical gardens in the UK.
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It’s no surprise that The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew comes out on top in the Most Instagrammed Botanical Gardens. 2017 saw a huge amounts of visits - 1,802,958 in total. Kew is London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage site offering something from every stage of the Gardens’ History. There are more than 90 attractions to visit, such as the Temperate House, The Hive, The Treetop Walkway and the Palm House.
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Situated in Cornwall, the Eden project had a total of 1,024,156 visitors in 2017. The Eden project is home to massive Biomes, holding the largest rainforest in captivity. You can also discover striking gardens, stunning plants, exhibitions and stores, as well as summer concerts and all year-round events. When visiting the Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes, make sure you snap an Insta selfie with the Giant Bee.
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Westonbirt Arboretum in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, was visited by 538,605 members of the public in 2017. Westonbirt is home to 15,000 labelled trees which have come from all corners of the globe, including Britain, China, North America, Japan and Chile. The Arboretum is split into three main areas and holds spectacular displays throughout the year.
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Hidden away in St. Austell, Cornwall, you will find The Lost Gardens of Heligan. These gardens were finally unveiled after decades of overgrowth in 1992, and today the gardens offer over 200 acres to explore. The Lost Gardens have won a multitude of awards over the years including the British Travel Award for the Best UK Leisure Attraction. Why don’t you lose yourself in the overgrowth and take a few snaps of your own?
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You’ll find RHS’s Wisley Gardens situated in Woking. It was visited by 1,143,175 members of the public in 2017. Wisley is the historic home of the Royal Horticultural Society and is said to be one of the finest gardens in the world. The garden has expanded over the years to become a 240-acre hub for inspirational gardening. It is home to the Rock Garden, the Glass House and the Exotic Garden, promising a garden for everyone.
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This West Sussex destination has over 500 acres to explore, with gardens, woodlands and a nature reserve. The Mansion Garden is nestled between borders, a lawn, a pond and a walled garden. The pond is planted with waterlilies, inhabited with mallards and moorhens, at the northern end of the pond you’ll find several Japanese maple trees which look picturesque in Autumn. Wakehurst Place is also home to the Millennium Seed Bank, the largest wild seed conservation project in the world.
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Near the city centre, Birmingham Botanical Gardens is the perfect place to spend a sunny day. Discover a large lawn full of flora, a traditional Victorian bandstand, a tea room and gift shop, and four stunning greenhouses, ranging from the Tropical and Subtropical to the Mediterranean and Arid Houses. The Birmingham Botanical and Horticultural Society who manage the gardens were founded in 1829, the gardens were then designed by J.C. Loudon, a Scotsman who was a leading garden planner, horticultural journalist and publisher.
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The Glasgow Botanical Gardens are located in the heart of Glasgow’s West End. The gardens contain a variety of plants, woodland copses and riverside walks, as well as the famous Kibble Palace. In 2017 these botanical gardens celebrated its 200-year anniversary, it wasn’t until 1842 that they opened on their current site. The Kibble Place was originally a private conservatory but was moved to its present place in 1873, first being used as a concert hall and meeting place.
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Founded in 1673, the Chelsea Physic Garden is the oldest botanical garden in London, and is certainly not one to miss. Located just behind the Thames, this botanical garden houses around 5,000 different medicinal, herbal, edible and useful plants. Within three and a half acres, you can find the oldest rock garden in Europe, alongside a herb garden, botanical beds, glasshouses and the largest outdoor olive tree in Britain.
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Located in Surrey, the National Trust Arboretum is set within 46 acres. Winkworth Arboretum has been maintained by the National Trust for 60 years, and has built up a significant collection of more than 1,000 species of shrub and trees. The arboretum is an ideal place for family days out and picnics, the winter also brings the opportunity for a peaceful walk among the hollies. Visiting the Arboretum during the summer you’ll be sure to find yourself within a peaceful hillside haven, perfect for a summer walk through the woodlands. The woodland of Winkworth is home to 121 acres of exotic shrubs, trees, flowering plants and dogs are even welcome.
*All data collected on 13/07/2018