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The Kibble Palace at Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Scotland

Even on a chilly day in Glasgow, temperatures in the Kibble Palace are warm enough to keep the plants inside green and healthy. The ornate iron-framed conservatory was built in 1865 by Joseph Kibble, an inventor and engineer, at his estate on Long Loch. It was later moved to the Glasgow Botanic Gardens in the city’s West End, where the Kibble Palace opened in 1873 as a venue for music performances and public lectures. A few years later it was converted to a greenhouse, which it’s been ever since, housing temperate plants from around the world. Resting amidst the greenery, a collection of classical white marble statues strike an air of quiet repose.

Glasgow Botanic Gardens is a botanical garden located in the West End of Glasgow, Scotland. It features several glasshouses, the most notable of which is the Kibble Palace. The gardens were created in 1817, and run by the Royal Botanic Institution of Glasgow (founded by Thomas Hopkirk of Dalbeth), and were intended to supply the University of Glasgow. William Hooker was regius professor of botany at Glasgow University, and contributed to the development of the Botanic Gardens before his appointment to the directorship of Kew Gardens in London. The gardens were originally used for concerts and other events, and in 1891 the gardens were incorporated into the Parks and Gardens of the City of Glasgow.

The site was once served by a railway line, and Botanic Gardens Railway Station remains today in a derelict state as a remarkable example of a disused station. It is hidden behind some trees and a metal fence blocks access to the platforms. Kirklee railway station also lies just inside the gardens.

Address: 730, Great Western Road, Glasgow G12 0UE
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