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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

  • 4.7

  • from 17735 Google reviews

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Greenhouse at the royal botanic garden of Edinburgh by Eldubhe. CC BY-SA 3.0

About the garden

The Botanics captures the imagination of everyone who visits and is world renowned for its horticultural excellence. Over 70 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds provide a tranquil haven just one mile from the city centre.

Opening times

The Garden is open daily (except 25 December and 1 January). Garden & Gateway opening hours: Nov to Jan: 10am - 4pm Feb and Oct: 10am - 5pm Mar to Sept: 10am - 6pm Glasshouses opening hours: Nov to Jan: 10.00am - 3.00pm Feb and Oct: 10.00am - 4.00pm Mar to Sept: 10.00am - 5.00pm In the event of severe weather the Garden may be closed at short notice. Please phone ahead for further details.

Useful details

Garden area

72 Acres

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a cafe/restaurant.


Yes - Children of all ages.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).


Yes - There is a gift shop and plant shop.

Edinburgh, EH3 5LR

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Google reviews

  • 4.7

  • from 17735 Google reviews

Katie Paterson

6 months ago


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.

tony montana

2 weeks ago


If you love plants, you will love Botanic Garden at Edinburgh. Amount of unique plant ☘️ is staggering, you could spend entire day wandering around and try to hunt new species. Depending on time of year could be more or less spectacular ,but always equally amazing. If you love heat , visit Large greenhouse area ( which is paid) to enjoy tropical plants and usually one or another is blooming so always something new is ready to unfold it's beauty. Coffee ☕ available on site in multiple areas. This is one of iconic places which should be visited multiple times to truly appreciate its beauty.

Dharmesh Parmar

in the last week


Beautiful place with lots and lots of different types of plants and trees. There is a waterfall as well and the water flows in between the garden. I especially enjoyed my time in the cafe in the garden which was very peaceful and quiet. You will find description at each place. No entry fees for anyone. It's a photographic place.

David Weatherley

a month ago


Large, beautifully kept gardens with excellent labelling of plants and explanations. The best way to get there is a 23 bus which stops outside the East Gate. The gardens are free to enter; the glasshouses which are charged for are closed for an extended renovation. It is worth paying £1 for a map at the entrance - a helpful man circled the main places to see at this time of year, some of which we would have missed, such as the Alpine house tucked away behind the area under renovation. There is a great view of the city centre from the hill above the Chinese garden.

Angela Harmon

6 months ago


What a stunning place to visit; a beautiful garden to stroll around on a lazy afternoon for anyone with even just a passing interest in flora and fauna. Even more amazing is the free entry (the glasshouses have a small entrance fee when they are open, but there is more than enough to see without this). There is an opportunity to make a £5 donation before you leave, and if you don't you need to have a word with yourself - Amazing - 5 star plus.

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01315 527171

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