Allan Gardens

The Allan Gardens and Conservatory features plants from around the world and admission is always free

Allan Gardens Conservatory
Allan Gardens Conservatory cc licensed photo by Diego3336

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 Visit

Fee: No

Open Now: No

Hours 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 LineSherbourne Station1 MInute
Yonge-University-Spadina LineQueen's Pk or College Station1 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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Rated 4.5 out of 5

5 Star Rating It’s free and it’s not crowded when I go. It’s a calling place in the city where people can sit down and look at greenery. Which is rare from where I live. Would love to come back because they closed at 5. Friendly staff.

Hydi Ng - 2 days ago

4 Star Rating Created by the Toronto Horticultural Society over 100 years ago. Wonderful displays of plants. It's free! I just wish they had a few more benches to sit on.

Akemi Nishidera - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating Always try to make a stop here when I’m in the city. Open to the public, the gardens are always so fresh and luscious. The park is a great place for picnics or spend some time reading or people watching. Great spot to bring kids, friends and tourists. Lots to learn or just a lot to look at.

Lou Anne - 10 days ago

5 Star Rating Gorgeous free garden to take a look through!! It's huge and seemingly endless. It's a nice temp inside, with lots of foliage and different plants, all tropical. Beautiful flowers and scenery as well as pretty architecture. Great for photo ops! However the surrounding area can be full of people who you may want to avoid.

Grace W - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Considering nothing in Toronto is free, the fact that this is free makes it high on the to-do list. A very cute experience with a great atmosphere. The building is very nice and bright with an aesthetic outside. The plants are labelled, which is nice because you can see where they're from. The turtle pond is a nice touch. It isn't too big so expect to spend around an hour here, but I do recommend visiting!

Lindsay V - 1 month ago


A visit to Allan Gardens on a cold day in December

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