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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Nearly 273,000 individual plants grow at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, representing over 13,000 different plant species from around the world. Founded in 1670, this garden plays an important role in a global network of institutions working to ensure that our planet’s biodiversity does not erode any further. Take a walk through this plant kingdom and explore the garden’s collection of orchids, tropical palms, cycads, ferns, and water lilies, to name just a few. The garden also includes a herbarium, housing over three million specimens of preserved plants. Many events are hosted here throughout the year, including special live performances, guided tours, and temporary exhibits. Hours depend on th time of year, so it's good to confirm in advance. Arrange your visit to Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and discover more family-friendly attractions in Edinburgh using our Edinburgh trip itinerary builder.
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  • The Botanical Garden is beautifully laid out and maintained. Because of the huge area we recommend you book a full day. The biggest impression do greenhouses in which going from room to room, movement in various climatic zones. In the garden you will find not only representatives of the flora but also fauna (birds, fish). Absolutely need to see this!
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  • We want in November, so I'm guessing this would be off peak? Even if off peak I was disappointed to find little information about the plants and what signs there were were so faded they were difficult...  more »
  • We went to Edinburgh to celebrate New Year and visited the gardens whilst there. OK, it's winter, no flowers, dull and cloudy weather but this place is an all season 'attraction' with plenty to see an...  more »
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  • Peace and quiet from the main city centre. Has a good restaurant and shop at the west gate.  Use the East Gate if walking from town. Has toilets with baby changing at both ends and in the middle near the glass houses. The park has a large selection of planting with themed areas. You can go from open grass areas to densely planted woods on your explorations. Good place to let the kids run off steam.
  • Vast and well curated. The information center had a few small but beautiful exhibits at the time; one educational which seems permanent; another was made up of absolutely beautifully crafted wooden furniture which seems semi-permanent, and a more temporary exhibit about plants in Nepal, also very impressive. The grounds themselves have tons of trees, plants, gardens and flowers, you can spend a few hours there if you want to see everything. The glass houses are worth the admission, there are plants there I had no idea could exist. The glass houses are especially good if you're going off-season, and the trees outside are not looking at their "best". Entrance to the grounds themselves is free! Bring your kids!
  • Went for the Botanic Lights show - wow. Amazing experience, well set up and thoroughly worth the money. Cannot recommend highly enough! Note: visiting the gardens is normally free, but the light show is ticketed and has limited capacity. If you get a chance to do the light show you absolutely should!
  • Great place to find some solitude in the city. Beautiful gardens with never ending meanderings paths to guide you through the various areas and green housed. After the gardens enjoy a lunch in the cafe and pick up gifts in the shop. Particularly nice on a summers day.
  • Absolutely beautiful. The size of the gardens means you can keep going back and never do the same thing, its very peaceful and serene and very well looked after. Family friendly and relaxing.