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St Andrews Botanic Garden

Inspiring research gardens and renowned plant collection in peaceful surroundings.

  • 4.5

  • from 758 Google reviews

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About the garden

In the heart of St Andrews, home to a relaxing atmosphere and roughly 8,000 species of plants from across the globe, is this family-friendly Botanic Garden that adopts a unique approach to conservation and urban ecology.

Within the 18-acre site, you will find a pleasing mix of traditional and innovative gardens. View the spectacular display of Alpines in the Rock Garden, nurture your wellbeing with a wander through woodland and experience the popular Rhododendron Glade. Visitors will be delighted to discover the Chile specialist border featuring native flora accompanied by herbaceous perennials and to journey through the must-see new Tangled Bank made up of meadows, glades, sand dunes and urban ecology laboratories. Plus, you might be lucky enough to spot red squirrels scampering about. After all that exploring, rest in one of the Garden’s idyllic picnic spots while the kids enjoy the natural play area.

Visitors can take a garden tour and purchase plants grown within the Garden.

How long is a typical visit?

The average visitor spends 2 - 4 hours (Half Day) at St Andrews Botanic Garden.

Opening times

April - September Every Day 10AM - 6PM October - March Every Day 10AM - 4PM

Useful details

Garden area

18 Acres

Dog walking

No - Guide dogs only.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a food stall and a cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.


Yes - Children of all ages.

Bicycle storage

Yes - Yes - You can lock up your bike.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).


Yes - There is a gift shop and plant shop.

Wheelchair hire

Wheelchairs are available for hire. Yes - Wheelchairs available although best to ring / email in advance to confirm availability.

Fife, KY16 8RT

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Find the garden

St Andrews Botanic Garden
KY16 8RT
Sat Nav Postcode
KY16 8RT
Public Transport
Several bus routes connect the garden to Leuchars train station (6 miles away).
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Google reviews

  • 4.5

  • from 758 Google reviews

Kat Moore

10 months ago


A lovely tranquil place to visit and wander around. The greenhouses were mostly empty looking for new exhibits which I'm sure will be good in the future. Well worth a visit.

Teoman Ozsen (Arap)

in the last week


Nice and quiet, plenty plants and trees everywhere. You have to watch your steps every time. There was a some building work going when I visited. Very good adventure for the kids, keep them busy.

karl morgan

10 months ago


Always a pleasure to visit. The staff work so hard, but I suspect its a labour of love. Some work going on when I last visited, development of some new areas and what have you, but its exciting to see. I'm looking forward to visiting when the work is done!

Hollie Sutherland

3 months ago


Lovely space for families, especially with the natural play area. Great regular family events. Little Oaks is so much fun!

Atholl Pettinger

9 months ago


Amazing gardens. Beautiful all around. Shame that some of the indoor gardens were closed but will definitely come back once everything is opened up to visit again.

Contact the garden

01334 476452

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