Garden Guided Tours
Discover the fascinating stories behind the Botanics and its three Regional Gardens by taking a Garden Guided Tour.
Our team of passionate and knowledgeable Garden Guides will help you discover more about the intrepid plant hunters of old, and modern day adventurers, who have helped to create each Garden's unique landscape, forming part of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh's world-famous Living Collection. Garden Guided Tours take place:
- Daily at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh at 11:00hrs and 14:00hrs, 1 April to 31 October, with added tours in winter
- Every Tuesday and Sunday at Benmore at 14:00hrs, March to October, plus Benmore Explorer tours on Wednesday and Thursday at 14:00hrs
- Every Sunday at Dawyck, 14:15hrs, March to October, and every Sunday at 13:45hrs in February and November
- Every second Tuesday of the month at Logan at 10:30hrs plus there are extra guided tours throughout the season
Please check below for further information about Guided Tours at each Garden.
Souvenir guidebooks on our Gardens are available to buy from each of our shops and online
There are also a range of Garden Maps, Trails and Apps to help you during your visit. Ask at the Information Desk on your arrival.
Garden Tours at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Take a tour and discover botanical highlights, plant treasures and tales of intrepid adventurers behind our Living Collection. Tours take place:
- Every day at 11:00 and 14:00 1 April to 31 October
Tours start from the John Hope Gateway Reception and last for about one hour. Tickets can be purchased at the Information Desk and cost £6. No advance booking is necessary.
Guided Tours for Groups
Private guided tours of the Garden's seasonal highlights can be booked throughout the year.
Tours last around 90 minutes and cost £7 per person, with a minimum charge of £70 per group. Guided tours can take place anytime during the Garden's opening hours (please click here). Tours are currently only available in the English spoken language and do not include entry to the Tropical Glasshouses. Advance booking (minimum 4 weeks) is essential.
Check full Group Tours Terms and Conditions.
If you wish to make a booking, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any queries, please contact a member of the team on 0131 248 2944. Please note the Garden Tours office hours are only 10:00-12:00 daily.
Afternoon Tea Tours
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 in the John Hope Gateway restaurant.
Your guide will meet you at the reception of the John Hope Gateway at 1.30pm (12:30pm during winter months Nov-Jan) for a leisurely stroll around the Garden. Meander through the Victorian splendour of the Temperate Palm House, see the giant redwoods, stroll in the world-famous Rock Garden and enjoy the tranquillity of the Queen Mother's Memorial Garden. After the tour, you will be served a scrumptious afternoon tea including scones, cakes, and sandwiches in the restaurant, overlooking the garden.
To book a tour for yourself or buy a voucher as a gift for someone please email email@example.com. Afternoon Tea Tour vouchers are valid for one year from date of purchase and all tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance.
Afternoon Tea Tours cost £45 for two people. Additional people can be added for £21.50 per person. As standard, gift vouchers can be sent via email as a PDF attachment.
To redeem a voucher, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 248 2944. Please note the Garden Tours office hours are only 10:00-12:00 daily.
Benmore Botanic Garden
With 120 acres to explore, make sure you see the best of this very special Garden by joining a guided tour with one of our experts. Guided tours take place:
- Every Tuesday and Sunday at 14:00hrs March to October
Benmore's Guided Tours are free with Garden admission. No advance booking is necessary.
For visitors who wish to see the delights of Benmore from the comfort of our Garden vehicle, tours are available aboard the Benmore Explorer. Tours take place:
- Every Wednesday and Thursday at 14:00hrs.
It is advisable to book in advance by calling 01369 706261.
Booked tours for groups
Tours for groups can be arranged and are tailored to meet the needs of your group. Due to availability, we ask that you pre-book group tours at least two weeks before your visit to avoid disappointment.
To book a guided tour of Benmore, please call 01369 706261 or email email@example.com
Dawyck Botanic Garden
Join a Sunday Guided Tour and learn about the history and plant collections at Dawyck:
- Every Sunday at 14:15 hrs March to October
- Every Sunday at 13:45 hrs in February and November
Dawyck's Guided Tours are free with Garden admission.
To find the next guided walk, take a look at our events section
Dawyck also offers self-guided tours such as the Majestic Tree Trail, the Scotttish Tree Trail, the David Douglas Trail and the Rare Plant Trail.
Logan Botanic Garden
Discover the hidden treasures at Logan by joining one of our Guided Tours. They take place:
- Every second Tuesday of the month at 10.30hrs
Logan's Guided Tours are free with Garden admission. No advance booking is necessary.
Special Interest Tours
View our forthcoming seasonal and special interest tours in the events section.
Booked tours for groups
Tours for groups can be arranged at other times and can be tailored to meet the needs of your group. Due to availability, we ask that you pre-book group tours at least two weeks before your visit to avoid disappointment. There is a small charge of £2.00 per person.
To book a guided tour, please call 01776 860231 or email firstname.lastname@example.org