Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is one of the world’s leading Botanic Gardens. Visitors can discover the Garden’s fascinating history dating back over 300 years, learn about its plants and trees and walk around 70 acres of beautiful landscape. A pleasure for all the family, the Garden offers a fantastic view of the capital’s skyline featuring Edinburgh Castle and is located just a mile from the city centre. The Garden’s 10 magnificent Glasshouses have different climatic zones, from steamy tropics to arid desert, and are home to over 3,000 exotic plants from around the world. The Glasshouse visit is paid for admission for adults (£5.50), concession (£4.50) and these prices include a small donation to the Garden. Members and children under 16 go free.
How to find us
The Garden is easily accessible from the City Centre, just one mile north of Princes Street. The John Hope Gateway visitor centre is accessed via the West Gate, Arboretum Place and is served by the Majestic Bus Tour. The Garden’s East Gate is served by local buses 8, 23 and 27 from the city centre. The Garden has metered parking around its periphery, as well as accessible parking at the West Gate, and cycle racks at both entrances.
The Garden has a four star quality tourism award from VisitScotland and was also named ‘Best Visitor Attraction’ and ‘Best Nature Experience’ in 2013.
- Glasshouse Visit
- Edinburgh Panorama
- Rock Garden
- Inverleith House
- John Hope Gateway
Discover seasonal highlights, hidden treasures and tales of intrepid adventurers behind the plants on display at the Garden. Guided walks in the Garden take place throughout the spring, summer and autumn seasons (1 Apr to 31 Oct). Tours take place daily at 11:00 and 14:00 from the John Hope Gateway, priced £6 per adult, and last one hour approximately. Winter guided walks take place on selected days at 11:00 and 14:00. For details please check the events section of the website rbge.org.uk.
Discounts are available for groups of 11 or more, providing payment is by a single transaction. Please call 0131 248 2909 to pre-book. To arrange school visits, please email the Education department at [email protected] or visit the website rbge.org.uk/education.
You can find our accessibility statement here.
You can download our booklet here.
Volunteering / internships opportunites
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a registered charity and can be supported through visitors becoming a ‘Friend’, volunteering or donating. Support helps us achieve our mission which is to ‘Explore, Conserve and Explain the World of Plants for a Better Future’. To find out more, please visit the website at rbge.org.uk/support us.
- Herbaceous Borders & Plantings
- Meconopsis and Woodland Gardens
- Edible Gardens and Vegetables in Season
- Autumn Colour
- Winter Gardens/Winter Structure
- Daffodil Displays
- Bluebell Displays
- Wheelchair access
Opening TimesMonday: 10:00 – 16:00 Tuesday: 10:00 – 16:00 Wednesday: 10:00 – 16:00 Thursday: 10:00 – 16:00 Friday: 10:00 – 16:00 Saturday: 10:00 – 16:00 Sunday: 10:00 – 16:00 also: Glasshouse Visit: 10:00 – 15:00
Dates closedThe Garden is closed on 25 December and 1 January.
Admission pricesAdult: 6.50 Entrance to Glasshouses (Garden Entrance is free) Concession: 5.50 Entrance to Glasshouses (Garden Entrance is free) Entry is free
FacilitiesCafé/ Restaurant Shop Accessible parking Toilets Accessible toilets Wheelchair access Hearing loops Pushchair friendly Kids’ play area Assistance Dogs Events
AddressArboretum Place Edinburgh ,EH3 5NZ
Phone0131 248 2909
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