Kibble Palace at Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens


  • City Chambers Exterior
  • City Chambers Exterior
  • City Chambers Exterior
  • City Chambers Exterior
  • City Chambers Exterior

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This venue can accommodate the following covers…

Event Type Capacity
Buffet 350
Theatre Style 100
Reception 350

This amazing building is one of the most prestigious iron and glass structures remaining from the Victorian era. Although the Kibble Palace is only available as a venue for educational and civic events, Encore is proud to provide services at this iconic Glasgow landmark.

The building has a fascinating history, part of it having originally formed a conservatory at John Kibble’s home at Coulport, Loch Long from the 1860’s to the early 1870’s.

Kibble began dismantling his glasshouse in 1872 and it was taken up the Clyde by barge and by cart to the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow’s West End where it was re-assembled and enlarged.

For a few years afterwards it became a popular venue for musical concerts, public meetings, flower shows and a variety of other events including the installation of both Benjamin Disraeli and William Ewart Gladstone as rectors of the University of Glasgow in 1873 and 1879 respectively.

The Kibble Palace is constructed of curvilinear wrought (malleable) iron and glass supported by cast iron beams resting on ornate columns, surmounted on masonry foundations. It is home to a marvellous collection of marble statues as well as temperate plants from around the world, including the national collection of Australasian tree ferns which have grown there for the last 120 years.

The Kibble Palace is an important and unique glasshouse and takes the form of a large dome and rotunda connected to a smaller dome by a link corridor. The small dome forms the main entrance area and attached to the north and south are extended transepts.

“What a fantastic evening! Encore’s organisation and quality exceeded all expectations from start to finish.”

Mr & Mrs L Rafferty


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