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  • 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.

    Location

    Awards

    The Garden has a four star quality tourism award from VisitScotland and was also named ‘Best Visitor Attraction’ and ‘Best Nature Experience’ in 2013.

    Highlights

    • Glasshouse Visit
    • Edinburgh Panorama
    • Rock Garden
    • Inverleith House
    • John Hope Gateway

    Guided tours

    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.

    Group visits

    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.

    Accessibility statement

    You can find our accessibility statement here.

    Guide Booklet

    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.

    Promotional Themes

    • 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 Times

    Monday: 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 closed

    The Garden is closed on 25 December and 1 January.

    Admission prices

    Adult: 6.50 Entrance to Glasshouses (Garden Entrance is free) Concession: 5.50 Entrance to Glasshouses (Garden Entrance is free) Entry is free

    Facilities

    Café/ Restaurant Shop Accessible parking Toilets Accessible toilets Wheelchair access Hearing loops Pushchair friendly Kids’ play area Assistance Dogs Events

    Address

    Arboretum Place Edinburgh ,EH3 5NZ

    Phone

    0131 248 2909
  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

    Daily Guided Garden Walks

    April 1st, 2017 - October 31st, 2017

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    Edinburgh Rhododendron Walks

    April 1st, 2017 - May 31st, 2017

    Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

    Scottish Rhododendron Festival at Edinburgh

    April 1st, 2017 - May 31st, 2017

    Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

    Disabled Access Day

    March 10th, 2017 - March 12th, 2017

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    Discover Specialist Snowdrops

    February 1st, 2017 - March 15th, 2017

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    Winter at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

    December 10th, 2016 - January 3rd, 2017

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    Santa at the Botanics

    December 17th, 2016 - December 24th, 2016

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    Autumn Dream: Storytelling Day at the Garden

    October 23rd, 2016 - October 23rd, 2016

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    Halloween Trail

    October 15th, 2016 - October 31st, 2016

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    Botanic Lights

    October 13th, 2016 - November 6th, 2016

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    The Real Price of Food

    October 10th, 2016 - October 10th, 2016

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    Fungus Fun

    October 8th, 2016 - October 9th, 2016

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    Jazz Night with the Lorne Cowieson Trio

    September 3rd, 2016 - September 3rd, 2016

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    Doors Open Day

    September 24th, 2016 - September 25th, 2016

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    Bike-powered cinema

    September 22nd, 2016 - September 23rd, 2016

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    Harvest Festival

    September 17th, 2016 - September 18th, 2016

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    Gardeners’ Question Time Summer Party

    July 9th, 2016 - July 9th, 2016

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    Cottage Garden Gala Free

    May 30th, 2016 - May 30th, 2016

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    Building For Nature Trail Free

    May 13th, 2016 - May 31st, 2016

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    Rhododendron Festival

    April 18th, 2016 - May 31st, 2016

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    Ideal Huts Show Free

    April 30th, 2016 - May 30th, 2016

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    Botanics Late – The Future Is Now

    May 6th, 2016 - May 6th, 2016

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    Garden Social for Dementia Free

    April 1st, 2016 - April 1st, 2016

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    Easter Explorers Free

    March 27th, 2016 - March 27th, 2016

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    The Botanics Bunny and the Hunt for the Golden Egg

    March 24th, 2016 - April 3rd, 2016

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    Caravan Obscura Free

    March 19th, 2016 - March 19th, 2016

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    Mindful Peace Walk Free

    March 13th, 2016 - March 13th, 2016

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    British Art Show 8 Free

    February 13th, 2016 - May 8th, 2016

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    Christmas at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

    December 1st, 2015 - December 24th, 2015

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    Sugar, Spice and All Things Nice plus Carols

    December 20th, 2015 - December 20th, 2015

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    Christmas Crafts plus carols

    December 13th, 2015 - December 13th, 2015

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    Fruits of Christmas Event plus Carols

    December 6th, 2015 - December 6th, 2015

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    Christmas Doors Open at the Cottage

    December 1st, 2015 - December 1st, 2015

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    Meet Santa at the Botanics

    December 12th, 2015 - December 24th, 2015