Self-guided learning at the Botanics

The Garden is a great place for self-guided learning. Entrance to the Garden is free and schools, colleges and universities can book in advance to take advantage of our 'education group rate' for entrance to our world famous Glasshouses.

However, to make sure that the Glasshouses are not too crowded, we can only accept a limited number of self-guided groups on any one day, subject to availability. To allow the greatest number of students to visit, we may have to ask you split your group into smaller groups and stagger entry.

To book a self-guided slot, please telephone our schools booking line on 0131 248 2937. Please note that all visits must be booked at least two weeks in advance or normal entry rates will apply. Please note that all members of the group including education staff or adult helpers pay the entry fee.

All self-guided groups are asked to adhere to the Code of Conduct available on booking.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer an indoor lunch space to self-guided groups.

Art Permits

Any school, college or university groups wishing to sketch, draw, photograph or paint within the Garden must apply for a non-commercial art permit at least two weeks in advance of their visit. To apply, please telephone our schools booking line on 0131 248 2937.

We require the following information to issue a permit:

1. Name of Group Leader

2. Name & Address of School/College/University

3. Contact Telephone Number of Group Leader

4. Contact Number whilst in the Garden i.e. mobile number

5. Date of visit

6. Time of visit

7. Number in Group (Students & Accompanying Staff/Adults)

8. Type of art activity e.g. sketching, photography

9. Location of activity e.g. Garden, Glasshouses

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