Singapore Botanic Gardens

Price guide: Free

1 Cluny Road, Singapore, 259569

Price guide: Free

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By Carmen Roberts, your Singapore expert

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Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Culture vultures, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Sporty types, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife, Relaxation, Romance

Best for Families - Expert review of Singapore Botanic Gardens

The best free attraction in Singapore.

The Botanic Gardens was founded in 1859, and has since evolved into a leading equatorial botanic garden of 63 hectares, with a wonderful plant collection of worldwide significance. You will find the world’s largest display of orchids here, with more than 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids now found in the Orchard Gardens' collection, with about 600 species and hybrids on display. Every year, more vibrant hybrids are added (if that’s possible!). It’s hard to believe this beautiful flowering oasis is just a short 10-minute walk from the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road.

Price advice: 

Admission is free to the main gardens, but if you want to go to the Orchard Gardens, it’s $5 for adults and $1 for children and pensioners, while children below 12 years go free.

Expert tips: 
It goes without saying that early mornings and late afternoons are the best time to visit, if you want to avoid the beating sun.
Swan Lake is a romantic spot at sunset.
Bring insect repellent, especially if you are visiting in the evenings.
Halia Restaurant, located at the Ginger Garden, is a great little casual cafe serving some wonderful ginger-inspired dishes.
If you want to up the romance, head to Au Jardin, at EJH Corner House, a fine dining restaurant serving French cuisine.
There is a Taxi Drop-Off and Pick-Up point at the Visitor Centre along Cluny Road.

More information on Singapore Botanic Gardens:

Price guide:
National park / nature reserve, Park / garden
1 Cluny Road, Singapore, 259569
+65 6471 7138
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Mon-Sun 5am-12am.

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