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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

  • 4.7

  • from 17351 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 17351 Google reviews

Felicity Ap

11 months ago


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.

Azalea Green

3 weeks ago


Thoroughly enjoyable experience. Highly accessible, we were able to call and reserve a mobility scooter on the day ( Saturday). They have about 8 available plus I saw at least 4 wheelchairs. Well signposted accessible routes. Gardens are lovely. It was just a shame the glasshouses were closed for refurbishment but plenty of other things to see.

paul birrell

a year ago


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.

אופיר מלמוד

a month ago


Huge and gorgeous botanical garden! Definitely one of the best I have ever seen. Thousands of different types of trees and plants, fantastically maintained by the gardeners. Besides, in each main entrance of the garden (west/east), as well as in the center, you have a visitor center with toilets, shops, coffeehouse, restaurants, and relevant info about the garden. The park is free of charge as a bonus, and I highly recommend going there!

Jass V

4 weeks ago


Wow! This botanic garden is amazing! I can’t believe it’s free either. We went when the weather was nice and sunny. Lots of different types of flowers to see. Plus there is a waterfall there and also a lake. The whole place is really nice and peaceful. Highly recommend this place even if you aren’t into flowers

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01315 527171

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