Allan Gardens, one of the oldest parks in Toronto, first opened all the way back in 1858. The park is named after former Toronto mayor George William Allan who donated the land. Admission to the park is always free.
Allan Gardens features a conservatory and six greenhouses with an area of over 16000 square feet that showcase rare varieties of beautiful tropical plants from around the world. Featured in the centre is the domed 'Palm House' conservatory constructed in 1910. In the Palm House bamboo and banana trees tower above you.
The gardens feature special seasonal displays including an Easter Show, a Fall Show and, highlighting the year, the Christmas Show when the conservatory gets decorated and filled with flowering plants and 40 plus varieties of poinsettias.
The park grounds are populated with a variety of mature trees including sugar maples, red oak, black cherry and American beech. Most of the trees are 100 plus years old. If you love plants and flowers you shouldn't miss this beautiful oasis in the heart of the city.
Access to the park is easy via public transit. For detailed information about the park see their official website linked to below.
Facts For Your VisitFee: No
Currently ClosedHours This Week:
- Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Address: Allan Gardens Children's Conservatory, 19 Horticultural Ave, Toronto, ON M5A 2P2, Canada
Phone: (416) 392-7288
Official Website: Allan Gardens
|TTC Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Bloor-Danforth Line||Sherbourne Station||1 MInute|
|Yonge-University-Spadina Line||Queen's Pk or College Station||1 MInute|
How to get to Allan Gardens by TTC Subway
From Sherbourne Station on the Bloor-Danforth Line take the #75 Sherbourne bus south to Sherbourne at Gerrard Street East. A path into the gardens starts at the northwest corner of the intersection.
From Queens Park or College Station on the Yonge-University-Spadina Line take the #506 Main Street Station streetcar east to Carleton Street at Jarvis Street. The gardens are just south on Jarvis. You can also skip the streetcar and walk to the garden from College Station in about 8 minutes.
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I have always meant to make my way to the Allan Gardens Conservatory. I'm not sure what took me so long to finally visit, but I'm so glad that I finally did! This stand alone Greenhouse is like a mini Oasis in the middle of downtown Toronto. There are several buildings that make up the conservatory, so it is much larger than I had anticipated. There is a range of different plant life depending on what room you are in. The main hall both very tall tropical trees, another room has a variety of cacti, and yet another room is filled with orchids and turtles. The conservatory is very kid friendly, but it gets packed and can feel overwhelming on a busy day. I recommend visiting during off hours for the best experience 🌿🌷🌻
Natalie XO - 17 hours ago
Each visit to Allen Gardens has been delightful. This years spring Easter gardens where creative and beautiful. The gardens are a must see for all of our out of town guests. You can't go wrong with a visit to Allen Gardens. Plus side is it is free. Parking is limited. Next to gardens is a great playground if you have young ones. Highly recommended for all.
Bettijo Holland - 8 days ago
Hand downs one of my favourite places in Toronto - Allan Garden can offer you an escape from the winter. It’s a great date spot for chatting as you wander through thick green lush foliage. You can bring a sketch book or sit down with a coffee and read. It’s free and has a bathroom inside and has accessible entrances :)
Nic Yiu - 8 days ago
I usually have a good experience here but this time, I took some of my ESL students and the staff were rude to us. It's supposed to close at 5pm but we were ushered out at 4:45pm in a very rude way (the man snapped at me and my students) because the staff members said they wanted to leave at 5pm. When I asked why the hours state that it doesn't close till 5...I was told that they ask people to leave early so they (employees) can go home at 5pm. Meanwhile after exiting the building, I witnessed the same employee leaving at 4:50pm. So basically they asked us to leave early so they could leave early as well. I would have happily ensured all my students were out by that time as I have any other time I visited in the past but instead was told rudely that the place was closed and we needed to leave. When I spoke to the manager she didn't apologize at all for the employee's behaviour (which was very rude and uncalled for) and she seemed to think it wasn't a big deal. Really not impressed with how Toronto employees treated my students and myself. I had hoped for a better impression of Canadians than what they experienced.
Natalie Sasseville - 24 days ago
These Gardens are something to behold. My first time ever visiting Allan Gardens it happened to be on a very snowy February stepping inside the contrast was immense Lush warm and colorful the interior offered an immediate Escape from the bitter winter weather. This is actually the right place to go to if you want to escape the cold and remember what spring and summer is like. You can see all three parts of the Interior Garden within about half an hour to 45 minutes if you take your time. A desert and dry location a tropical location and then a much more moist lush location.
Sonu Singh - 2 months ago