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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  • A real, real shame the glasshouses weren't open but I can see how social distancing could be problematic withe the narrow, winding pathways through the greenhouses. Would have loved to go inside, as.....  more »
  • Staff need training to ask IF visitors need to wear face masks not to demand they do. Presence of of face covering around ones neck does not prove the legal requirement to wear one. Perhaps an exempt....  more »
  • A beautiful place which has plants all over the world. Lovely walk on a day when the sun is out and well worth a visit. Im sure I will visit this place again.  more »
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  • Very easy to loose half the day here. Really well maintained and surprisingly easy to navigate your way around the sections. A free attraction but donations are welcome. Rock garden was personally my favourite, but there is likely something for everyone. Glasshouse was closed when I went, likely due to refurbishment.
  • My wife and I had never been here before, so we didn't quite know what to expect when we went. We walked around on the trails for a couple of hours looking at the various trees and flowers. They also had a fully blooming flowering bushes section which I particularly liked (especially the orange flowering bush which is in full bloom right now!) The Queens Mother's memorial garden was an interesting piece of history. I suggest spending a bit of time reading some of the stones on the outside edge of it - just to see some of the names. The edible foods section was interesting, partly because as a Canadian you see a lot of familiar names. They also start growing them at various times so there was a lot of well developed produce there. The gift shop was actually really good. There were interesting books, trinkets, sweets, and seeds all for (what I considered) reasonable prices. The shop people were also quite nice to deal with.
  • A lovely day out with the family or for a nice romantic walk. This is also great for anyone interested in plants or science, and fine for those who aren’t. There are lots of signs along the way explaining how the garden is arranged and about the diversity of the plants. Highly recommend going inside the house located within the grounds because there is an amazing art exhibit inside. There are lots of open spaces available for a picnic or a short break. The gift shop is very affordable and has some nice plants as well. As an added bonus the gardens aim to make everyone aware about plant diseases and how they’re transmitted, as well as being sustainable in general. It’s very important and great to see! The gardens can be a bit of a maze and you can easily get lost, so make sure to stop and look at the maps located throughout the park. My family and I easily spent an entire day here because there is a lot to do!
  • I took a client for a day out here yesterday. (I'm a support worker). Easy to get to by bus. We came in through the East gate. It is a wonderful way to spend time walking round the experimental garden, the rockery garden, the Chinese garden and the many other areas and all for free. You can give a donation to support the work if you wish. There is also a large glasshouse which is great for rainy days. You do have to pay for this but there are concessions for disabled. There are areas which are inaccessible for wheelchairs but most are ok. The wheelchair accessible routes are clearly signposted. There is a shop, cafes and toilets, and so much more. Definitely a favourite place.
  • Beautiful grounds. Great for flora lovers or people who want a green calm oasis in a city! Plenty to see, to do. A restaurant and two cafes are there to provide for the weary. Great place for a summer picnic; great view of the castle. Brilliant for any weather, as you can spend rainy day in the greenhouses soaking up all the heat in the Tropical house.

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