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, 1st April to 31st October, with special interest tours throughout the year.
- 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
- Guided tours at Logan Botanic Garden are cancelled until further notice.
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
Daily Guided Walks
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 1st April to 31st October
Tours start from the John Hope Gateway and last for about one hour. Tickets can be purchased at the Welcome Desk and cost £8 per person. 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 £8 per person, with a minimum charge of £80 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. Advance booking (minimum 3 working weeks) is essential.
Check full Group Tours Terms and Conditions.
If you wish to make a booking or have any queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 248 2944 and leave a voicemail message. A member of the tours team will get back to you within 3 working days.
*Please note our Guided Group Tours do not include a visit to the Glasshouses. Our Glasshouses are currently closed as part of Edinburgh Biomes, the Garden’s major restoration and construction project. Work is now underway to protect our globally important Living Collection of plants for future generations.
Afternoon Tea Tours
Savour the delights of a leisurely private tour of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh with your own personal guide followed by a delicious afternoon tea for two in the Terrace Café.
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 Chinese Hillside, see the giant redwoods in the Woodland Garden, stroll in the world-famous Rock Garden and enjoy the tranquillity of the Secret Garden. After the tour, you will be served a scrumptious afternoon tea including scones, cakes, and sandwiches in the Terrace Café.
Afternoon Tea Tours are available now to book in advance and will recommence from 1st of March 2022.
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 2 working weeks in advance.
Afternoon Tea Tours cost £75 for two people. Additional people can be added for £32.50 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. and leave a voicemail message. A member of the tours team will get back to you within 3 working days.
*Please note Afternoon Tea Tours do not include a visit to the Glasshouses. Our Glasshouses are currently closed as part of Edinburgh Biomes, the Garden’s major restoration and construction project. Work is now underway to protect our globally important Living Collection of plants for future generations.
- Every day at 11:00 and 14:00 1st April to 31st October
- 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
Guided tours at Logan Botanic Garden are cancelled until further notice.