Friday, 28 April 2017

Instagrammable Belfast: Botanic Gardens.

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Instagrammable Belfast; 

- Locations across the city of Belfast that are worthy of a visit and an Instagram snap or two.

Botanic Gardens is by far one of my most beloved locations in Belfast. In fact, I'm pretty sure I'd even go as far as to say that it's my favourite spot in the entirety of the city. And you can be absolutely sure that there are Insta-opportunities a-plenty to be found here; especially on days that are gloriously drenched in sunshine, albeit as rare as they might be.

Located on the Stranmillis Road with Queen's University nearby, Belfast's Botanic Gardens occupies 28 acres of land and is often buzzing with students, office workers and tourists having a stroll and soaking up all of the naturally beautiful sights. It's even home to the fascinating Ulster Museum, which can be found right at one of the entrances.

It's not hard to imagine that when the sun's rays occasionally decide to grace the city of Belfast, dozens upon dozens of people flock to the grounds of Botanic Gardens to bask in the good weather. On a particularly hot day last summer, Adam and I spent almost the whole day simply lounging and people-watching in the sun and honestly, it was probably one of my favourite days that I've ever spent in our little home city; and I'm hopeful that we will have similar days this year.

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The Palm House Conservatory

Perhaps the most notable (and by far my personal favourite) feature of Botanic Gardens is the Palm House conservatory, which is the most stunning cast iron glasshouse (and one of the earliest examples in the world, after being completed in 1840) that houses all types of exotic plants; including different types of cacti, succulents and lilies.

In truth, I'll never not be excited when wandering around the Palm House. The look and feel of the conservatory changes alongside the different blooms throughout the seasons, so there will always be something new to admire and take a few snaps of. Unsurprisingly, the Palm House offers some of the most beautiful sights in spring and summer, and I'd say around 90% of my Instagram feed is taken up by snaps of this beloved location around this time of year. Sorry, not sorry.

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What's your favourite local spot to visit?

Katy Belle.
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