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    For true drama visit Benmore Botanic Garden, near Dunoon in Argyll, a magnificent 120-acre mountainside Garden surrounded by dramatic scenery. Benmore has a world-class collection of plants from regions ranging from the Orient and the Himalaya to North and South America. A delight for all the family, Benmore welcomes visitors through an avenue of Giant Redwood trees which are 150 years old, arguably one of the finest entrances to any botanic garden.

    How to find us

    Benmore Botanic Garden is on the A815, seven miles north of Dunoon on the Cowal Penninsula. Western Ferries sail regularly from Gourock. West Coast Motors offer an inclusive ticket and operate regular bus services from Dunoon (Tel 01586 559139).



    Four Star accreditation by VisitScotland. Benmore cafe is holder of Taste Our Best award from VisitScotland.


    • Redwood Avenue. Planted in 1863, the Sequoiadendron giganteum are now 50m high.
    • Restored Victorian Fernery with plants grown from spores collected globally.
    • Exotic plantings include over 300 species of rhododendron
    • Golden Gates designed for the 1878 Exposition Universelle in Paris.
    • Bhutanese Pavilion overlooking the Bhutanese Glade and Chilean Viewpoint Refuge

    Guided tours

    Guided Walks on Tuesday and Sunday from 2pm. Tours aboard Benmore Explorer on Wednesday and Thursday from 2pm. Call 01369 706261 to book.

    Group visits

    Discounts available for groups of 11 or more, providing payment is made in a single transaction. Call 01369 706261 to pre-book.

    Volunteering / internships opportunites

    The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a registered charity and can be supported through visitors becoming a 'Friend', volunteering or donating. Support helps us achieve our mission which is to 'Explore, Conserve and Explain the World of Plants for a Better Future'. To find out more, please visit the website at us.

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    • Wheelchair access

    Opening Times

    Monday: 10:00 - 18:00 Tuesday: 10:00 - 18:00 Wednesday: 10:00 - 18:00 Thursday: 10:00 - 18:00 Friday: 10:00 - 18:00 Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00 Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00

    Dates closed

    Closed from 31 October to 1 March

    Admission prices

    Adult: £6.50 Child: Under 16s free Concession: £5.50


    Café/ Restaurant Shop Car park Accessible parking Accessible toilets Wheelchair access Pushchair friendly Dog friendly Assistance Dogs Events


    Dunoon Argyll ,PA23 8QU


    01369 706261
  • Benmore Botanic Garden

    Fungal Foray with Stephan Helfer Free

    September 22nd, 2018 - September 22nd, 2018

    Benmore Botanic Garden

    Jazz at the Courtyard

    September 1st, 2018 - September 1st, 2018

    Benmore Botanic Garden

    Walk Wild Flowers at Benmore with Phil Lusby Free

    July 5th, 2018 - July 5th, 2018

    Benmore Botanic Garden

    Music in the Gallery – Benmore Serenade with the Grazioso String Quartet Free

    June 23rd, 2018 - June 23rd, 2018

    Benmore Botanic Garden

    Walking the Fern Trail with Mary Gibby Free

    June 7th, 2018 - June 7th, 2018

    Benmore Botanic Garden

    Benmore Open Day

    May 20th, 2018 - May 20th, 2018

    Benmore Botanic Garden

    Scottish Rhododendron Festival: Rhododendron Photo Walk

    May 3rd, 2018 - May 3rd, 2018

    Benmore Botanic Garden

    Scottish Rhododendron Festival: Rhododendron Walk and Workshop with David Chamberlain

    April 24th, 2018 - April 24th, 2018

    Benmore Botanic Garden

    Friends of Benmore Meeting and Talk Free

    April 10th, 2018 - April 10th, 2018

    Benmore Botanic Garden

    Scottish Rhododendron Festival

    April 1st, 2018 - May 31st, 2018

    Benmore Botanic Garden

    Music in the Gallery with 8+1 Free

    March 24th, 2018 - March 24th, 2018

    Benmore Botanic Garden

    Benmore Explorer Tours

    March 1st, 2018 - November 29th, 2018

    Benmore Botanic Garden

    Open Day at Benmore

    May 28th, 2017 - May 28th, 2017

    Benmore Botanic Garden

    Evening Rhododendron Walk at Benmore

    April 20th, 2017 - April 20th, 2017

    Benmore Botanic Garden

    Rhododendron Festival at Benmore

    April 1st, 2017 - May 31st, 2017

    Benmore Botanic Garden

    Jazz Night with the Lorne Cowieson Trio

    September 3rd, 2016 - September 3rd, 2016

    Benmore Botanic Garden

    Open Day Free

    May 29th, 2016 - May 29th, 2016

    Benmore Botanic Garden

    Spring Walk Free

    April 7th, 2016 - April 7th, 2016

    Benmore Botanic Garden

    Rhododendron Festival

    April 1st, 2016 - May 31st, 2016