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The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

An iddlyic escape from the action of the city. explore the scenic grounds of The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, home to 70 acres of Scottish plants and stunning views across the city.

  • Glasshouse at the Royal Botanical Gardens in public park Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Seasonal splendour at The Botanics


Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden is a glorious green escape just one mile from the heart of this vibrant city. It’s a beautiful place to spend a day with majestic views of the city skyline, including Edinburgh Castle. With its vast collection of living plants, some more than 350 years old, it’s also a veritable treasure trove for plant lovers.

Spanning over 70 acres, ‘The Botanics,’ as it’s known locally, features native Scottish plants in the Heath Garden, an expansive Chinese hillside, and glasshouses full of palms and cacti. There’s also a modern visitor centre, a collection of shops and eateries, an art gallery, and a learning centre.

Every season at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has its own unique charm, making it a delightful year-round destination. Spring brings the Rock Garden and Alpine Houses alive with colourful flowers, while the Rhododendron Collection and Azalea Terrace are in full bloom in the summer. Autumn is the time for leaf peeping as the trees in the Arboretum turn golden brown, while the snowdrops and hellebores add interest to the serene winter landscape.

Visitors can join a daily guided tour to discover the garden’s long history, which dates to the 17th century, or learn about its world-renowned plant collection from experts. Special exhibitions and events are also held throughout the year, from extravagant flower shows to family-friendly weekends.

Moreover, entry to this spectacular oasis in Scotland’s capital is free of charge.


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