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The Royal Botanic Garden

The Royal Botanic Garden, a natural oasis

Parks and gardens

If you’re seeking escape from the busy city centre, head to Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens, a 72 acre expanse of greenery and plants. It’s a centre of research and conservation, where you can learn about the thousands of plants grown there, and see climate zones from around the world.

Travel through different climate zones

Established in 1670, it’s the oldest botanic garden in Scotland. Your visit to the Gardens is like a trip around the world, as you wander through the ten Glasshouses, each built for a different climate zone, including Rainforest Riches, Arid Lands, Orchids and Cycads, and Ferns and Fossils. These also allow you to enjoy the Botanics in any weather!

Zone of the Royal Botanic Garden

You won’t be lacking for things to see outdoors too, with collections including the Chinese Hillside, the Woodland Garden, the Rock Garden, and the Scottish Heath Garden. You can also browse the herbarium, which has over 3 million preserved plant species inside.

The Royal Botanic Garden

Seasonal experiences

You might assume that spring and summer are the best times to visit the Botanics, but every season brings a unique experience. See a riot of flowers in bloom in spring, especially in the Rock Garden and Alpine House. Get lost in a sea of green in summer, but still see colour in the Herbaceous Border and the Arboretum.

Part of the Royal Botanic Garden

Admire the changing colours of the leaves in autumn, and spot the fruits and berries appearing in the Glasshouses. Continue to see tropical flowers blooming in the Glasshouses, even in winter, and play in a perfect winter wonderland if it snows. In December, you can also enjoy the annual Christmas at the Botanics trail, where the Gardens are transformed into a dazzling display of illuminations.

Useful Information


Opening hours

Nov-Jan 10am-4pm

Feb & Oct 10am-5pm

Mar-Sep 10am-6pm

Glasshouses close 1 hour before Garden closing time.


Garden Entry

Free


Glasshouse Entry

£6.50 adults

£5.50 concessions

Free for under 15s

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Location

The Gardens can be found next to Inverleith Park, to the north of the New Town, accessible by bus or a 20-minute walk from the city centre.

Remember…

As these are gardens, not a public park, bicycles, scooters, balls, kites, and other such toys are not allowed inside.

Don’t miss…

The Victorian Temperate Palm House, built in 1858, and still the tallest palm house in the UK!