Real Jardín Botánico

sights / Parks & gardens

Real Jardín Botánico information

Location
Madrid , Spain
Address
Plaza de Bravo Murillo 2
Telephone
+34 91 420 04 38
Getting there
Metro: Atocha
More information
www.rjb.csic.es
Prices
adult/child €3/free
Opening hours
10am-9pm May-Aug, reduced hrs Sep-Apr
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Although not as expansive or as popular as the Parque del Buen Retiro, Madrid’s botanical gardens are another leafy oasis in the centre of town. With some 30,000 species crammed into a relatively small 8-hectare area, it’s more a place to wander at leisure than laze under a tree, although there are benches dotted throughout the gardens where you can sit.

In the centre stands a statue of Carlos III, who in 1781 moved the gardens here from their original location at El Huerto de Migas Calientes, on the banks of the Río Manzanares. In the Pabellón Villanueva , on the eastern flank of the gardens, art exhibitions are frequently staged – the opening hours are the same as for the park and the exhibitions are usually free.

There are Spanish-language guided visits to the gardens; reservations by phone are essential.