Garden Tours

To make sure you see the best of the Botanics, why not take a tour with one of our experienced Guides?

Daily Garden Walks

RBGE Garden GuidesCelebrate the seasons and join our expert Garden Guides on a tour of the Garden. Discover seasonal highlights, hidden treasures and tales of the intrepid adventurers behind the plants on display.

Garden Walks take place every day from 1st April to 31st October at 11am and 2pm.

Tours depart from the John Hope Gateway and last for about one hour. Tickets can be bought at the John Hope Gateway reception desk and cost £6. No advance booking necessary and as the tour is outside we recommend that you wear weather appropriate clothing and also suitable footwear as some of the route may be over uneven surfaces.

Booked Tours for Groups

Booked tours for groups can be arranged throughout the year and are tailored to meet the interests of your group. Your guide will take you on a walking tour pointing out and describing some of the hidden treasures around the Garden along the way. Tours normally last for about 90 minutes.

Tours cost £7 per person, with a minimum charge of £70, and can be booked all year round (please check the Garden opening hours). Tours are currently only available in the English spoken language. 

Advance booking (two weeks prior)  is essential .

Please complete the Booking Form and return it along with the £70 deposit to:

Booked Tours
John Hope Gateway
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
20a Inverleith Row

Afternoon Tea Tours

Looking for a special gift? Birthday treat? A special occasion to celebrate? Or do you just want to spoil yourself?

Savour the delights of a leisurely private tour of the Royal Botanic Garden with your own personal guide followed by a delicious afternoon tea for two at the John Hope Gateway.

Your guide will meet you at the John Hope Gateway at 1.30pm for a leisurely stroll around the Garden. Meander through the Victorian  splendour of the Temperate Palm House, see the grand Sierra Redwoods, stroll in  the world-famous Rock Garden and enjoy the tranquility of the Queen Mother's Memorial Garden. Back at the John Hope Gateway Restaurant you will be served a scrumptious afternoon tea with scones, cakes, and sandwiches at a reserved table overlooking the garden. Go on, spoil yourself!

Book a tour for yourself or buy a voucher as a gift for someone by completing the Afternoon Tea & Tour Booking Form or telephone 0131 248 2944 to reserve your tour (all Afternoon Tea tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance). 

Cost: £45 for two people.  Advanced booking essential.  If you have any questions please contact us by e-mail at:

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