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. Before you head to Edinburgh, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Edinburgh trip planner , to make sure you see all that Edinburgh has to offer, including Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
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  • Visited here while up for the fringe and wanting a little break from the crowds. The Gardens themselves are lovely and the views from the top, looking over the city were fantastic. A surprising gem.  more »
  • A moment of relax in the city Botanic Gardens. Beautifully maintained and definitely appreciated even by those of Botany is in total and irremediable fasting.
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  • The Royal Botanic Garden was part of our Hop-On Hop-Off pass. I don't know that I would have went there had it not been. I'm glad it was. It was a very beautiful place with lush, well kept grounds. Lo...  more »
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  • Visited with my boys age 12 & 7 and we had a fantastic time! The gardens were a fond childhood memory and I hadn't been since I was a child. They are just beautiful with lots of little hideaways that kids will love finding-we spent all day there. The glasshouses are great too and so much to see. Highly recommend �
  • A large, beautiful botanical garden. The glasshouses were closed due to high winds (9m/s) and even though we bought tickets we couldn't enter them. The gateway restaurant is okay, but nothing special. Price/food quality could be better. The park/garden was great to take a walk through.
  • Had a fabulous meal here - they were very accommodating with my gluten free diet. The gardens are lovely I only wish I had more time to explore. Maybe next time! The parking outside on the road was quite unexpected and very convenient. I'm not sure if this was just that day, Sunday though.
  • The grounds have rockeries (a very large area of them) and beautiful trees, shrubs and water features. Various temperate and mountainous regions are well represented by the flora in the grounds and the greenhouses have an eclectic mix of tropical plants from those other worldly and fantastical in appearance to the gaudy and lush or the delicate and ethereal. Food served is pricey and not much is available that would appeal to yoing children.
  • Visited several times, last in September 2017. Simply a great place. If you visit Edinburgh for the first time just go there! A green oasis in Edinburgh with a lot to see, entry is free but it is worth to spend the fee for visiting the greenhouses. So great for relaxing and enjoying nature but also has a good shop for tourists with stuff you won’t find in the city centre. Staff is also very friendly and helpful.

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