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Photography

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 visitorwelcome@rbge.org.uk.for further information and to request a booking form.

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

For Commercial photography, please check here

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 registered assistance dogs are welcome.  However, dogs that are unregistered or 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

 

 

Visitor lockers

Visitor lockers are available in the John Hope Gateway (West Gate), rental charges apply.  No items to be stored outwith Garden opening hours:

March to September 10:00 - 18:00

October and February 10:00 - 17:00

November to January 10:00 - 16:00

Lost Property

If you have lost any item

  • in the Garden: please call 0131 248 2846 and select option 4 or email visitorwelcometeam@rbge.org.uk
  • at a wedding or a corporate event: please call 0131 552 1974 or email sales@gatewayrestaurant.net
  • in Balfour or a Science Building: please call 0131 248 2800 or email pl-reception@rbge.org.uk

 

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    Location

    The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is located just one mile from the City Centre. The John Hope Gateway visitor centre is accessed via the West Gate, Arboretum Place and is served by the Majestic Bus Tour (0131 220 0770). The Garden's East Gate is served by Lothian Buses 8, 23 and 27 from the City Centre.

     

  • 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.

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