Visitor information

The Garden is open daily (except 25 December and 1 January).

Garden & Gateway opening hours :

November to January: 10am - 4pm

February and October: 10am - 5pm

March to September: 10am - 6pm

Glasshouses opening hours:

November to January:    10.00am - 3.00pm

February and October:   10.00am - 4.00pm

March to September:     10.00am - 5.00pm

In the event of severe weather the Garden may be closed at short notice.  Please phone ahead for further details.

Library & Archive opening hours:

Monday to Friday: 10.00am - 4.00pm (excluding public holidays)

Admission to the Garden is free.

Glasshouse admission

Adult* £6.50, Concession* £5.50, Child (15 and under) Free**, Essential Carers Free.

RBGE Members admitted free of charge.

Be a Gift Aid visitor!

Did you know that the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a charity and income from admissions helps support its vital role in scientific research and conservation? The admission prices above  include a small voluntary donation to the Garden, which thanks to the Government's Gift Aid scheme, will let us claim back the tax on your donation, and give us an extra 25% on top of your donation.

 *Adult and concession prices include a small voluntary donation to the Garden.

Standard price: Adult £5.85 Concession £4.95.

**Children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult (max of 6 children per adult).

Group Rate (minimum of 11 paying or more) - £4.00 (providing payment is by a single transaction). Call 0131 248 2909 to prebook.


The Gateway Restaurant

The Gateway Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea daily as well as Sunday lunch and a special kids menu.

The restaurant opens at 10am daily.

Please call 0131 552 2674 for information about closing times or to book a table

The Terrace Cafe

The Terrace Cafe serves delicious hot and cold food daily (self-service) and, when the sun shines, the tables spill out onto the terrace where visitors can enjoy an alfresco lunch with an unrivalled view of the city skyline.

The cafe opens at 10am daily.

Please call 0131 552 0606 for closing times and all other Cafe related enquiries.

The East Gate Coffee Bar

The East Gate Coffee Bar is situated at the East Gate entrance (Inverleith Row).  Serving a wide selection of beverages and light snacks, the Coffee Bar is open daily from 10am until 15 minutes before the Garden closes. Outdoor seating available.


The Botanics Shop in the John Hope Gateway offers a fantastic shopping experience.

Choose from a wide selection of gifts, stationery, books, souvenirs, confectionery, seeds, bulbs and gardening products.

You will also find a large outdoor plant sales centre with a carefully chosen range of plants, including some more unusual varieties for those of you looking for something a bit different.

All profits from the Botanics Shop are used directly to support the work of the Garden.

How to get here

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is located just one mile from city centre, and there are many ways to reach us. For travel details and a location map, go to How to reach us.


All buildings and major areas of the Garden are accessible to all visitors. Wheelchairs are available for loan at the Garden entrances and a self-driven mobility scooter (suitable for persons aged 16 and above) is available by prior appointment. Please contact the Visitor Welcome Team via the enquiry form (select ‘Garden Rangers').


You can take photographs and videos in the Garden for personal use, if you are using a tripod please ask for a photography permit on arrival  at either the East Gate or John Hope Gateway. 

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh can be used as a location for wedding photography and non-commercial photoshoots,  a member of staff will act as a steward for all photography sessions of this type. Please note that there is also a fee charged for this service.

In order to ensure that we can accommodate your request, please contact us two weeks in advance of the date of your visit.

Please contact further information and to request a booking form.

For student photoshoots, please contact the Education Department 0131 248 2937


Please note that no animals except Registered Assistance Dogs are permitted within the Garden and children under the age of 14 years must be accompanied by an adult. No bicycles, scooters, jogging, running, footballs, frisbee  or kites are allowed within the Garden. Please click here to view our full Garden Regulations.

Contact us

If you have any other queries relating to visitor facilities, please call us on +44 (0) 131 248 2909 or get in touch by using the enquiry form.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh | Inverleith Row/Arboretum Place | Edinburgh EH3 5LR

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