Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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There is probably no more beautiful botanical garden in the world than Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden. The site offers visitors to learn about its 350-year history, explore its plantings, and stroll around its 70 acres / 28 hectares of breathtaking natural beauty.

Over half a million visitors visit the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh every year, making it one of Scotland's most popular attractions. Breathtaking at any time of year, the garden is so beautiful in the spring and on hot summer days when the city's residents come here to relax.

A visit to Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden can be a great way to escape from the city's busy streets. A few friendly grey squirrels inhabit the garden, so you might want to bring them something to nibble on, better various types of nuts in shells.

In ten magnificent glasshouses featuring different climates, you can see thousands of growing exotic tropical and desert plants. It is also possible to wander amid massive redwoods in the Woodland Garden, explore the world-famous Rock Garden, and relax in the calm tranquillity of the Chinese Hillside. 

A trip to Edinburgh would not be complete without a visit to the Royal Botanical Garden. Enjoy your time in the Scottish capital!

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Located just a mile from the city center, the Royal Botanic Garden provides stunning views of Edinburgh's skyline, including the castle – one of the most impressive Scottish landmarks.

A Bit of History

The garden had its beginnings in 1670 near Holyrood palace as a physic garden to grow medicinal plants. That makes it the second oldest botanical garden in the United Kingdom (after the University of Oxford Botanic Garden).

It later settled in Inverleith and has been developing here since 1820. A palmetto tree planted in 1922 is the oldest in the garden.

In 1858 the Temperate Palm House was built, which is still the largest of its kind in the country. As part of the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, Benmore Botanic Garden was the first branch opened on the west coast in Argyll and Bute in 1929. Logan Botanic Garden followed in 1969, and Dawyck Botanic Garden in 1978.

Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden in Pictures

Palms

Palms

Exotic plants

Plant

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Fossils

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

How to Get to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Several city-center buses serve the botanic garden's east entrance. If you want to get some exercise, stroll from Princes Street. It takes about 20 minutes and has a good view of New Town along the way.

You can reach the west entrance by taking several Lothian buses via Stockbridge.

Address: 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR

Website: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Public Transportation

⇒ The East Gate on Inverleith Row
Bus (lines 8, 23, 27): Royal Botanic Garden

⇒ The West Gate on Arboretum Place
Bus (lines 24, 29, 42): Dean Park Street

Renting a Car 

DiscoverCars.com – a leader in online car rental reservations – is the best site to book a car in Edinburgh. They compare car rental deals from many companies so you can choose what works best for you. 

The garden features metered parking spaces all around it.

By Bike

Bicycle stands are available at both the East and West Gates.

Botanic Garden Edinburgh Opening Hours & Ticket Prices

The garden is open daily, except December 25 and January 1. In extreme weather, it may close.

March–September October–February November–January
10 am to 6 pm 10 am to 5 pm 10 am to 4 pm

The entrance to the garden is free.

Glasshouses

Adults: £5.50
Concession: £4.50
Children (up to 15 years old): free

Where to Stay in Edinburgh

On Booking.com, you can book almost 1,500 homes, apartments, and other unique places to stay in Edinburgh.

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According to this online travel agency for lodging reservations, many families visiting Edinburgh loved staying at On The Walk, The Lane Hotel, and The Balmoral Hotel.

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