More Information


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

For Commercial photography, please check the Media and Commercial Photography page.

Regulations of the Garden

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a precious museum of living plants.  The Garden's Visitor Welcome team has a duty to protect the Collection.  Therefore, please note our regulations:

  • Visitors with assistance dogs are welcome.  However, pet dogs will not be able to access the grounds 
  • Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult
  • We do not allow bicycles, scooters, frisbee, kites, footballs, mechanically-operated toys and models or drone cameras for personal use into the Garden 
  • No jogging or running is permitted inside the grounds
  • Please do not have picnics in the Rock Garden

Also as part of our official Scottish Parliament Rules and Regulations, visitors are not permitted to:

  • pick, cut or destroy any flower or part tree, shrub or plant
  • bring into any part of the Garden any flowers or plant life
  • bring any package or other article or container after being requested by the Visitor Welcome Team not to do
  • climb any tree, railing, fence or structure
  • enter any part of the Garden after having been requested by the Visitor Welcome Team not to do so or in contravention of any notice or sign displayed at any part of the grounds or remain in any part of the Garden after having been requested by the Visitor Welcome Team to leave it
  • behave or be clothed, whilst in any part of the Garden, in a manner reasonably likely to offend against public decency
  • fish, bathe, swim, boat or skate in any part of the Garden
  • collect or solicit money in the Garden

Acts for which written permission is required:

  • Undertake any trade or business in the Garden
  • Sell or distribute anything or offer anything for sale or hire
  • Exhibit or affix any notice, advertisement or other written or pictorial matter or give any display, performance or representation
  • Play or cause to be played any musical instrument in any part of the Garden
  • Make or give any public speech or address
  • Take, in any part of the Garden, photographs for commercial purposes
  • Play any game or engage in any form of sport of physical exercise in the Garden
  • Light a fire or discharge any firearm, firework or other weapon or missile
Lost Property

If you have lost any item

  • in the Garden: please call 0131 248 2846 and select option 4 or email
  • at a wedding or a corporate event: please call 0131 552 1974 or email
  • in Balfour or a Science Building: please call 0131 248 2800 or email


  • Getting there

    Bus: The John Hope Gateway visitor centre is accessed via the West Gate, Arboretum Place (EH3 5NZ) and is served by Lothian Buses 29, 42 and 24 via Stockbridge and the Majestic Bus Tour (0131 220 0770). The Garden's East Gate is accessed via Inverleith Row (EH3 5LP) and is served by bus routes 8, 23 and 27 from the City Centre.

    Bicycle: Bicycle stands can be found at the East Gate and the West Gate.

    Car: There is metered on-street parking available near the Garden’s West Gate (John Hope Gateway).

    Address: 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR

  • Contact the Visitor Welcome Team

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

    If you wish to make a complaint, please read the Complaints procedure.

    Get in touch
Trip advisor
Certificate of excellence See all feedback Leave feedback

Help us to flourish

  • There are different ways to support RBGE, choose the way which best suits you. Support us by being a Gift Aid visitor or by becoming a Member and enjoy free admission to our Glasshouses and Regional Gardens.

    Support us