Visiting the Botanics and Staying Safe

Opening Times

Health and Safety Measures

Toilets and other facilities

Food and Drink


First Aid

If any of our visitors sustain minor injuries during their visit, our staff will assist at a safe distance of two metres away.  They will be wearing PPE.  Whilst our staff will not be able to treat minor injuries directly, they can offer first aid supplies so that visitors can treat themselves.  In an emergency, staff will follow normal emergency procedures and call 999.

Extreme Weather

Please note that to ensure the safety of our visitors, the Garden can close at short notice during extreme weather.  Always check our website before you visit.

What you can do to help us

Please follow these additional guidelines below: 

  • Please do not visit the Garden if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of Coronavirus.
  • Plan ahead and check information on our website before you visit.
  • Please bring a face covering with you. These are mandatory when visiting any enclosed area within the Garden, including the toilets. 
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds after using the facilities and use the hand sanitiser dispensers at every opportunity.
  • As a charity, we need your support more than ever. When you visit, please give a donation on your arrival or exit.  Your much-needed contribution will help us to explore, conserve and to protect the world of plants.
  • If you require any further information or have an enquiry about your visit, please contact us at or call 0131 248 2909.  Also, follow the latest Scottish Government advice.


Test and trace protect privacy policy

Please note that we are required to collect the contact details of all visitors to our dining spaces, in line with the latest guidance from Scottish Government relating NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect strategy. Read our Test and trace privacy policy for more details.