Herbaceous border at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Credit: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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Royal Botanic Garden, Arboretum Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5NY

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is the first of four sites that make up the Royal Botanic Gardens in Scotland. The others are located at Benmore, Logan and Dawyck. Together they form one of the world’s largest collections of living plants – representing over 15,000 different world species.

Escape the City’s Hustle and Bustle

The Edinburgh site was established in 1670 at St. Anne’s Yard and moved to its current location on Arboretum Place in 1820. Stretching over 70 acres, there are many features to explore. The Rock Garden, Alpines, Woodland, Herbaceous Border and also the beautiful Victorian Glasshouses. Entry to the gardens is free, however there is a charge to visit the glasshouses. Just one mile from the centre of Edinburgh, it’s the perfect place to get away from busy city life.

There are several venues within the gardens, including the John Hope Gateway biodiversity and information centre with a restaurant and shop. The Gateway Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea every day. For a coffee, snack or more informal dining, there’s the Terrace Cafe self-service style canteen with outdoor seating. The East Gate Coffee Bar is also open daily for snacks and drinks. Further venues are available for private hire for meetings, special events and weddings.

A Scientific Research Centre

Although a popular attraction for locals and tourists, the Royal Botanic Garden is first and foremost an important scientific centre for the study and conservation of plants. The institution researches plants and their relationships, evolution, conservation and biology. It also serves to educate visitors of all ages, runs formal courses and accepts students on placements. In addition, a full programme of walks, talks, exhibitions, cultural events and activities runs throughout the year.

Visit the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Visit the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh website for more information.