The John Hope Gateway

The John Hope Gateway, RBGE's new biodiversity and information centre, is a shining example of green construction and sustainability, and sits on the footprint of the former Botanics Shop.

John Hope Gateway Front View

The Gateway Restaurant

The Gateway Restaurant is open and serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. The Restaurant is open:

February and October   10am - 5pm ( last orders 4.15pm)

November - January      10am - 4pm (last orders 3.15pm)

March - September        10am - 6pm ( last orders 5.15pm)


For further information or to book a table visit www.gatewayrestaurant.net, or telephone (0131) 552 2674.

The Name of the Building

The John Hope Gateway commemorates RBGE's Regius Keeper from 1761-1786, Professor John Hope, a leading botanist and teacher of his time who was also responsible for unifying the Gardens at one site on Leith Walk (more information on the History page). 

Unrivalled visitor facilities 

The John Hope Gateway offers visitors an unrivalled facility where they can discover the world of plants and the scientific work of RBGE through a unique set of interactive experiences and activities. With the involvement of partners in science and conservation, The Gateway also provides a unique window on biodiversity in Scotland.  

The building also houses other top-class facilities including an improved Shop, education room, a Real Life Science Studio, permanent and temporary exhibitions, interactive media, plant sales and Gateway Restaurant. 

More about the John Hope Gateway 

To find out more about the new facility, see Frequently asked questions, and progress updates on What's happening now

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To take a photographic tour of the new buliding click here to download the Autumn 2009 issue of the Botanics magazine.

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a charity (registration number SC007983)