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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. 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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  • Absolutely worth a stop - on a sunny day :) The garden has a variety of unique plants and an interesting story about how they helped China preserve some of their flora. Projects are also done by... 
    Absolutely worth a stop - on a sunny day :) The garden has a variety of unique plants and an interesting story about how they helped China preserve some of their flora. Projects are also done by...  more »
  • These gardens are beautifully kept all-year-round and make for a fantastic free day out in the city. Great for families and the cafe in the middle is a good meeting point for meeting friends and... 
    These gardens are beautifully kept all-year-round and make for a fantastic free day out in the city. Great for families and the cafe in the middle is a good meeting point for meeting friends and...  more »
  • We saw a wonderful variety of flowers at this gem. The best part is entry is free ( although you may feel compelled to leave a donation) Grounds are well manicured and there is comfortable seating... 
    We saw a wonderful variety of flowers at this gem. The best part is entry is free ( although you may feel compelled to leave a donation) Grounds are well manicured and there is comfortable seating...  more »
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  • One of the nicest places in Edinburgh. We had a little picnic on the lawn and it was beautiful. So many interesting plants and very aesthetically pleasing. Large enough to be peaceful and spacious without being so large that it’s really tiring to walk around. There are maps at the major intersections. They also do ‘Christmas at the Botanics’ in December, which is a wonderful event and the perfect photo op.
  • Gorgeous gardens. Free entry. Always have a wonderful time here! They have lots of different beautiful plants and areas to wander around and see. There’s a couple of ponds, a huge waterfall, rock gardens and a herb/vegetable garden section. Lovely way to spend a couple of hours & it’s nice being able to visit at various points throughout the year to see how it changes.
  • This place is lovely to visit, even if your not into plants it's so colourful and peaceful in parts of it. Great place to switch off and unwind for a few hours As long as its booked in advance mobile scooters are available for the disabled as well at no cost. Although you can pay a £5 donation if your so inclined. There is a nice outside cafe to get good coffee from as well with a reasonable amount of seating available. Only caveat for next couple of years at least is the glass houses won't be open as a major renovation will be on going for this period at least. So don't expect access to any of them for now. Overall it's well worth a visit though.
  • Truly beautiful! My only tip would be to leave a good time slot to visit so that you have time to walk around the whole park. Took off a star just because a lot of the areas within the park that I wanted to see were closed. Definitely worth the visit though!
  • I enjoyed a peaceful stroll about through the giant poppies and rhododendron. Most specimens are labelled, so you can at least find out the real name of something. The beds are well tended and paths clear. As this is a free attraction, it is well worth a good wander and maybe buy a coffee. A shame that the glasshouses are closed at the moment, but the developments planned will add more interest and habitat areas to enhance the collections. I look forward to going back once the development work is completed.

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