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We’re not ready to hibernate just yet. Great Britain’s gardeners are experts at designing year-round displays of plants and flowers – and our impressive glasshouses showcase flora from around the world. Take a trip to these indoor gardens to travel the botanical world and pretend it’s still summer.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Cambridge, England
Travel the world and see over 8,000 plant species across 40 acres at this garden that was founded in 1846. You can follow the seasonal trails outside before heading indoors to the Glasshouse Range that features plants from the daintiest alpine to exotic tropical climbers.

Thunbergia Mysorensis in the Tropical Rainforest Glasshouse. Photo by: Howard Rice. Courtesy of Cambridge University Botanic Garden. 

Thunbergia Mysorensis in the Tropical Rainforest Glasshouse. Photo by: Howard Rice. Courtesy of Cambridge University Botanic Garden. 

The Eden Project, Cornwall, England
It’s pretty cool to be able to say you’ve visited the world’s largest indoor rainforest. Housed within The Eden Project’s famous geodesic greenhouse domes, this rainforest transports you to four different environments. If you’re more in the mood for dry, temperate surroundings, be sure to walk through the Mediterranean biome where you can dine amongst the plants.  

Geodesic domes at the Eden Project. 

Geodesic domes at the Eden Project. 

The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Scotland
Get handsy with plants in classes on topics such as plant identification, herbal first aid, and how to train plants in your garden. Or take a stroll through the numerous glasshouses that include Tropical Palms, Orchids & Cycads, and Rainforest Riches. If you’re heading there before Christmas, be sure to book your tickets for Christmas at the Botanics - an illuminated, botanical trail that leads you through the colorfully lit garden.

Wander through this stunning indoor garden at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. Courtesy of Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. 

Wander through this stunning indoor garden at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. Courtesy of Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. 

National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire, Wales
This garden has celebrity status as it features the world’s largest single span glasshouse, designed by the famous architect, Lord Norman Foster. It also boasts the largest collection of Mediterranean plants in the Northern Hemisphere, beautifully planted among rocky terraces and sandstone cliffs. Explore the glasshouse with one of the garden’s curated trails and then head over to the Butterfly House that is home to butterflies from across the tropical world.

Walk inside the world's largest single span glasshouse.

Walk inside the world's largest single span glasshouse.

Kew Gardens, Richmond, London
Don’t miss the world’s oldest potted plant, collected from South Africa in the early 1770s, and now housed inside a stunning Victorian glasshouse. Kew Gardens, a UNESCO Heritage site, is known for its extraordinary collection of plants and varied architectural structures. Be sure to see the gigantic water lilies from the Amazon in the Waterlily House and then take a canopy walk on the Treetop Walkway.

Gigantic water lilies at Kew Gardens.

Gigantic water lilies at Kew Gardens.

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Cover Photo: Kew Gardens