The Most Famous Conservatories in the World

Conservatories can be breathtaking works of architecture, and here at Sentinel Solid Roof we’ve been scouring the globe for the best examples of conservatories from around the world. In no particular order, here are our top five…

The Eden Project, Cornwall, UK


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The conservatory at The Eden Project is the largest on the planet, and certainly one of the most famous. It is home to over a million plants, and includes the world’s biggest indoor rainforest along with sculptures, waterfalls and more.

The Great Conservatory, Middlesex, UK

Such a large conservatory was unusual in Victorian times! This beautiful building was designed by Charles Fowler and used to contain exotic plants from across the globe – including bamboo and palm trees that reached up to its domed roof. Restored in the 1980s, it’s still a popular visitor attraction today.

Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago, USA

Garfield Park is one of the largest conservatories in the USA, with the current version having been built back in 1907. Covering a total of 4.5 acres, it’s home to some amazing plants – including a whole room dedicated to over 80 different species of palm tree.

Belle Isle Conservatory, Detroit, USA

The oldest conservatory in the USA, Belle Isle was built in 1904. Standing at 85 feet tall and covering 13 acres, it was originally built from wood, but was rebuilt in iron to make it more durable. It’s home to a collection of over 600 orchids, as well as exotic plants from Asia and South America.

The Princess of Wales Conservatory, London, UK

Housed within Kew’s famous Botanical Gardens, The Princess of Wales Conservatory was opened by Princess Diana in 1987. Designed by Gordon Wilson, it’s home to 10 different climate controlled tropical zones, all under the same roof.

We definitely recommend getting out to visit some of these conservatories if you can – they truly are breathtaking. If you’re considering sprucing up your own conservatory, then a new, attractive, timber roof may be an option. Contact us to find out more.