Nearly 273,000 individual plants grow at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, representing over 13,000 different plant species from around the world. Founded in 1670, this garden plays an important role in a global network of institutions working to ensure that our planet’s biodiversity does not erode any further. Take a walk through this plant kingdom and explore the garden’s collection of orchids, tropical palms, cycads, ferns, and water lilies, to name just a few. The garden also includes a herbarium, housing over three million specimens of preserved plants. Many events are hosted here throughout the year, including special live performances, guided tours, and temporary exhibits. Hours depend on th time of year, so it's good to confirm in advance. Before you head to Edinburgh, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Edinburgh trip planner , to make sure you see all that Edinburgh has to offer, including Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Reviews
This is even a great rainy day activity because there are 10 great glass houses to explore! Something beautiful around every turn! We stopped for something to eat at the Gateway Restaurant, great soup... more »
I’ve been to Edinburgh many times, but - as my daughter was only little at the time - we’d inevitably end up at the zoo. This time, daughter is all grown up, so my pal recommended the botanical garden... more »
I went with my mum and sister. We all enjoyed it, although they more so than me. It is very nice and the main gardens are free to enter which is very good. The price for the green houses is good considering how extensive and varied they are. I particularly liked the Oriental and rock gardens, both located in the free main garden. There is a lovely cafe/visitor centre building with interactive facilities for children. If I lived nearby I'd regularly visit to enjoy the peace, quiet and natural surroundings.
Fantastic place to visit with the family, or just to walk around and relax. Free entry to the main gardens. I definitely recommend visiting the glass houses, although you do have to pay. Decent enough cafe, though nothing to get too excited about. Recommended if you're visiting the area.
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