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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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  • Got a couple of hours spare and want to get away from the city then its worth a visit to the gardens , we whiled away a few hours strolling through the park and had a coffee and sandwich in the cafe( ...  more »
  • Bigger than most botanical gardens in major cities we have visited. The glasshouse was actually 9 glass houses and there many picture opportunities (not that we are into taking nature pictures). Many ...  more »
  • Absolutely loved my walk around the rbg Edinburgh. So many different gardens to visit all very beautiful and informative. A must see in Edinburgh  more »
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  • Fantastic gardens! Full of history! So many wonderful trees all the varieties you could imagine! The glass houses were amazing so much to see! We spent hours here admiring the work that has gone in to maintaining such a wide range of plant life. Beautifully maintained and the staff were very friendly! Great accessibility and great for children.
  • The Botanics, as us locals call it, is an island of green calm just off the city centre. Fantastic views across the city are complimented by a wonder assortment of plant life including a vast collection of rhododendrons. Brilliant green houses, both classic Victorian and 1970s modern, house an extensive collection of exotics. The new gatehouse offers a high-quality restaurant and there is a cafeteria style location in the middle. You can spend hours exploring, sitting on the grass, or just pass through and find something new every time. Despite its deserved popularity, you can always find a quiet, green place away from other visitors.
  • Very reasonably priced entrance fee, and makes for a good quarter-day out whilst doing the rounds of the city's tourist attractions. It's surprisingly quiet compared to others! Flat paved paths make it accessible, and there are plenty of things to look at. Sweet gift shop with plants to buy, too. Liked the alpines and wildflower exhibitions.
  • Very nice place for spend a few hours in relax and nature. Very big variety of plants and trees from all over the world. The glasshouse is great! It's worth paying a few pounds to see it. Nice cafes for coffee and lunch.
  • One of Edinburgh's jewels, the Botanic Gardens are a favourite place to be. There are many beautiful areas, and the Glasshouses are worth the entry fee. There are spectacular plants and trees. The magnolia tree in bloom is a favourite, as well as the redwoods, the big hedge, the rhododendron forest, and the Chinese area. There are usually ducks, and moorhens in the big pond, as well as occasional sightings of kingfishers, which is very exciting. Members get free entry to the Glasshouses as well as a discount in the shop. I use their shop and cafe a bit to support the organisation. There are often nice things in the shop to give as gifts.

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