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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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4.7/5 based on 4,400+ reviews on the web
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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  • We had the fortune of having a dry night at the garden enjoying the botanic lights event. Despite having been to the garden many times, visiting it in the evening was magical. The lights & sounds even...  read more »
  • Very nice evening, Friday night. Good lights and fairly well laid out. All in all, however, not quite as nice as last year. One low point was the long queue at the very first viewing platform - the As...  read more »
  • This place is amazing so many plants and trees from all over the world.. You can spend a couple hours or all day and just enjoy it's peacefulness.. with elegant design and all the glass houses make su...  read more »
  • Season to season, the Botanics are always changing. But my love for this place never wavers, as even in the quiet of winter there's something to see here. Wicked sharp monkey puzzle trees, blooming rhododendrons, the giant leaves of rhubarb, to even the smallest of alpine plants, it's all here. For a small fee you can enter into the sizeable greenhouses on site (worth a venture! There's giant lilypads!!), but entry into the gardens themselves is free. Great for families looking for interaction for children, botany enthusiasts, photographers, and solo wanderers alike, and wheelchair friendly to boot! So go, young grasshoppers. Go forth and enjoy!!
  • I loved the time I've spent here - and we haven't even visited the greenhouses due to the lack of time. The whole olace is huge and has a nice selection of olants from all over the world. The blue poppies were in bloom when I visited! Definitely recommend it! Entrance is free, guided tours are paid.
  • One of the 'must' places to visit in Edinburgh. Beautiful gardens, fantastic views of Edinburgh and the castle. It can be busy, but no matter how busy the centre of Edinburgh feels - even during The Festival - there's always a quiet place somewhere in the gardens. The gardens are wonderful any time of year either on sunniest summer day, or the bleakest winter afternoon. Top tip however: even though you're parking on what you think is a side street, MAKE SURE YOU GET A PARKING TICKET AND DISPLAY, the parking attendants that patrol these streets will spoil your day otherwise.
  • I spent many a day here as a kid exploring the secrets of the rock garden and playing in the leaves. But as an adult it's just as enjoyable with a fascinating range of flora and fauna to behold and many places to explore, with great views of Edinburgh from the middle. Topped off with a nice café it's well worth going there to lose yourself for a few hours.
  • Oh woooooooweeeee, beautiful gardens and so well kept. The glass houses are a must. Far better than Kew if you can believe that.
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