The world famous Butchart Gardens are located near Victoria and are the most popular tourist attraction for tourists and locals in the city. In 2004 the gardens were designated as a National Historic Site of Canada owing to their popularity. The lush green area is filled with natural wonders from themes gardens and exotic plants to beautiful fountains, and an ice skating rink in winter. The Sunken Garden, Rose Garden and Japanese Garden are the major highlight here. Also worth seeing are the Night Illuminations and Firework Saturdays in the summer. Other themed gardens include the Italian Garden and the Mediterranean Garden. There are special rates, timings, and events each month so check the perfect time to visit when you’re there!
- In the Summer, your general admission includes access to performances on the Concert Lawn and Firework Saturdays.
- Rose Carousel closes 1/2 hour after the admission gate closes.
- There is a no smoking policy throughout The Gardens, however they have two designated smoking areas.
- All public areas are accessible by wheelchair, except for a viewpoint area within the Sunken Garden known as "The Mound", and the wharf and the gravel path leading to it from the wharf viewpoint.
- Only motorized or standard wheelchairs are permitted.
- Bike Racks and Car Parking is available free of charge.
- For Adult from $17.40 to $31.45, Youth (13-17) from $8.70 to $15.75, child (5-12) from $2.00 to $3.00 and For Groups (25 or more) from $15.60 to $28.31.
- All Ticket Prices vary with the months.
- Public Transit Bus Routes: 75, 81
- The Dining Room Restaurant
- Blue Poppy Restaurant
- Blue's Bayou Cafe
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95% of people who visit Victoria include Butchart Gardens in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
50% of people start their Butchart Gardens visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Butchart Gardens
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Butchart Gardens
Lovely experience! It's a quiet winter afternoon. Ambiance was great! The flowers smell really good in the conservatory. Food was fine.
My husband and I had afternoon tea here and it was delicious. We loved all of our little finger snacks. The view was lovely as well. Very friendly staff. 10/10
We enjoyed Gourmet Picnic Baskets created by the Dining Room. They have a lovely grassy picnic area with tables outside the dining room overlooking the Italian garden, with the seascape in the distance. Beautiful. The baskets contain a nice selection of seafood, cheese and sliced salami with pickled vegetables. Coleslaw, chicken fettuccine salad and a selection of desserts. All are delicious. You can order drinks within the grassy patio or for a corkage fee being your own wine. It is a lovely way to spend an afternoon with live music on the background and a finale of fireworks.
My total number of tea house type spots is now 2 and the other was in a hotel. This was as nice of a setting as we could have hoped for! We did afternoon tea for 4 of us. It includes tea, plenty of finger sandwiches and treats, as well as an optional pairing of wine and liquors - GET THIS! We’d never done tea with such a pairing but it was fantastic! Each drink was a 2-3 ounce pour and went with one of the levels of the food. Genius! The tea options were lovely with something like 6 or 7 options. Each person gets heir own teapot and then the heavenly food tray is shared in 2’s among the table. Everyone had a great time and everything was delicious! You will leave exceedingly full despite the fact that you’ve probably had the equivalent to a full sandwich and a cupcake. This was way less expensive than the empress downtown and way more fun than tea in a hotel. The restaurant is housed partly within a greenhouse and the floral displays were magnificent in addition to it smelling divine! If you’re going to the gardens (which you should), this should be part of your day! We’ll be doing it again next time we’re up this way!
It was like,an oasis. Cool and comfortable. The waitress was diligent and Kind. Our waitress never batted an eye when my friend and I needed gluten free service. She went out of her way to ensure everything was fine. My wife and her friend received a large tray with delectable food and my friend and I each received our own gluten free.