Private Event Hire

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh offers unique settings within our grounds as a stunning location for your event.

Our Venues

  • The Caledonian Hall

    The Caledonian Hall, situated at the east side of the Garden, was completed in 1843 and was originally built as the Herbarium. This grade B listed building with stunning high ceilings and large windows offers lots of natural daylight. The views overlooking the Rock Garden and waterfalls complete the stunning setting.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Drinks Reception capacity x 120
    • Dinner Capacity x 100
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  • The John Hope Gateway

    Opened by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth in 2010 with a stunning outlook towards the Biodiversity Garden and the Garden beyond.  This is a bright, sustainable space with bar facilities and floor to ceiling windows leading out to a private decked terrace which is perfectly suited for pre-dinner drinks or summer evening BBQ’s.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Drinks Reception capacity x 400 using upper floor only, and x 800 using ground floor and upper floor.
    • Dinner capacity x 220 using upper floor only, and x 300 using ground floor and upper floor.
  • David Douglas Room

    An idyllic setting for smaller gatherings located within the John Hope Gateway building which has an outlook over the Biodiversity Garden.  The room also has its’ own private entrance and decked terrace area offering outdoor space for drinks receptions.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Drinks reception capacity x 40
    • Dinner capacity x 32
  • The Terrace

    Located in the heart of the Garden, The Terrace is a bright and airy venue with a garden feel which is available for evening drinks receptions and informal dining with a capacity of up to 80 guests. This area also has an outdoor patio area offering spectacular views with tables and giant parasols.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Available from one hour after Garden closing time through to 11.00pm.


  • The John Muir Grove

    A stunning outdoor location named in honour of the Scottish born explorer and conservationist from East Lothian who founded the US National Park system.  This collection of giant redwoods (Sequoiadendron giganteum) creates a unique cathedral-like setting reaching over 24m in height.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Drinks Reception capacity x 60
    • Inclement weather provision will be provided when possible
  • Exclusive Garden Hire

    We offer the unique opportunity for you and your invited guests to enjoy the splendour of the Garden as a private, exclusive space.  Available from late spring through to the end of the summer, you can make use of the designated route and areas within the garden this offers access to.

    • Drinks reception capacity x 800 maximum
    • Available during the months of May – August inclusive with evening close at 11pm.
    • Inclement weather provision on the day is the John Hope Gateway Building.
  • Marquee Events

    For larger dining events from 300 to a maximum of 360 guests, Inverleith House Lawn offers an area where a temporary marquee can be installed.  This area is subject to availability and in the months of May through to August only.

All-Inclusive Dining Packages

The following dining packages can be enjoyed in either the John Hope Gateway or Caledonian Hall.  Minimum numbers for each package is x40 guests, with the maximum capacity of the Caledonian Hall being x100, and the John Hope Gateway being x220 on the upper floor or x300 if using both the upper and lower floors.

  • Contact

    If you would like to find out more or discuss your requirements, please contact our dedicated events team on 0131 248 2941

    Email the Events Team