Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh captures the imagination of everyone who visits. There are over 70 acres of beautiful landscape to explore, providing a tranquil haven just one mile from the city centre. The spectacular Glasshouses are home to 3,000 exotic plants from around the world.
Explore the Garden
- 100,000 plants
- 70 acres
- 10 Glasshouses
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a highlight of any visit to the Scottish Capital. A national treasure of Scotland, this spectacular Living Collection is nearly 350 years old.
When visiting Scotland, a trip to the world-famous Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is unmissable. Visitors can experience an extravaganza of plants from around the world, learn about the Garden's rich and diverse Living Collection and discover a history dating back nearly 350 years.
Set in over 70 acres of beautiful landscape and just one mile north of the city centre, the Garden offers superb panoramic views of the city skyline featuring Edinburgh Castle. The Botanics, as the Garden is affectionately known locally, is breathtaking at any time of year.
A highlight is a tour of the Garden's 10 magnificent Glasshouses including the Victorian Temperate Palmhouse and Tropical Palmhouse. With ten different climatic zones, from steamy tropics to arid desert, the Glasshouses are home to over 3,000 exotic plants from around the world.
Other highlights include the Rock Garden, the Alpine Houses, Woodland Garden, Pond, the Arboretum or tree collection, the Chinese Hillside, the Rhododendron Collection and the Scottish Native Plants Collection in the Heath Garden.
Visitors cannot help but leave with a deeper appreciation and understanding of the importance of plants in our world, and the need to support the Garden's important work.
For more information about the Living Collection at Edinburgh and further detail about the Garden's Terrace Cafe, Gateway Restaurant, Garden guided tours and accessibility, please read on.
Open Daily from 10:00 to 18:00, except:
Oct and Feb: 10:00 to 17:00
Nov-Jan: 10:00 to 16:00
Closed 25 December and 1 January.
Library & Archive: Mon-Fri: 10.00-16.00 (excl. public holidays).
Garden entry FREE
Glasshouses admission: Adult £6.50, Concession £5.50, Child (15 and under) Free. Includes voluntary donation - Standard Adult £5.85, Concession £4.95.
map of the garden (pdf)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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
Edinburgh Weather Station
The weather has been recorded in the garden for many years and since 1956 we have been an official weather station for the Met Office. Our data can be seen here.
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 local buses 8, 23 and 27 from the City Centre.
What's On in Edinburgh
22 Sep 2018 - 23 Sep 2018
‘The Seashore Palette’ Illustrating Seaweed and Shells
23 Jun 2018 - 28 Oct 2018
03 Aug 2018 - 23 Sep 2018
Shoreline exhibition (TEST)
01 Apr 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
Edinburgh Guided Walks (afternoon)
01 Apr 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
Edinburgh Guided Walks (morning)
21 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
The Wonders of Wood
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.Get in touch