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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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Address: The Garden, Edinburgh EH3 5LR, Scotland
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+44 131 552 7171
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

The Botanics offers visitors peace and tranquility amongst its stunning 72...

The Botanics offers visitors peace and tranquility amongst its stunning 72 acres in Edinburgh city centre. Founded in 1670, the Garden is acknowledged to be one of the finest in the world.

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Light show

We were invited to the light show in the Royal Botanical Gardens on 5-11-16, wonderful, enchanting and very relaxing. We were lucky with the weather as it was a still night... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
John C
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were invited to the light show in the Royal Botanical Gardens on 5-11-16, wonderful, enchanting and very relaxing. We were lucky with the weather as it was a still night, hardly a breeze and very mild for November but helped with a lovely warm Cider enjoyed in the course of viewing the very many attractions. I hope we can... More 

Thank John C
Sunderland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very well maintained attraction.spent about 2-3hours here really nice walk this huge gardens.hundreds of different trees plant's and plenty of wildlife this would be superb in the summer when everything is in bloom.take a picnic.didn't get to see inside glass house on our visit closed as it was a little windy.gardens are a free attraction but we'll worth a good... More 

Thank Philip C
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The visit centre did look amazing with lots of interactive games for young children. The time of year we visited was probably not the best but come spring I imagine it would be amazing. It is not dog friendly which disappointed me as we had to leave the pooch in the car. When you enter the lovely glass house you... More 

Thank Alfie54321
Birmingham, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The gardens are free and the glasshouse is 5.50 per person but so worth it. The glasshouse is huge and consists of many rooms and buildings. We went to the east side gate coffee bar and honestly I think it was the worst latte and hot chocolate we have ever had but I haven't marked them down as there are... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What a lovely place to have a walk on a Sunday. Free to enter (though a £3 donation is suggested and if you can afford it, well worth it). Beautifully maintained and well-labelled - even a "non-gardener", such as myself, could enjoy the relative peace and quiet (even though it was popular). A short stroll from the bustle of the... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great few hours spent here this morning. The greenhouse is a must see and a lovely place to go if it's a little nippy outside! Established and expansive grounds and gardens and a couple of cafes to grab a coffee on the go...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I went in February so nothing was in bloom, but it was still very serene to walk around the Gardens. I've seen photos online and it looks beautiful. Definitely worth taking a look at.

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visiting Edinburgh during the week, went to the gardens they are a well laid out garden with various coffee shops and gift shop. A fee to enter glasshouses. But rest is free. Lovely wide smooth paths for walking. Parking on street outside gardens, but it is parking meters. £2 odds an hour. You will need around two hours to do... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If I stayed nearer, I would go to the Botanics every day! It is gorgeous, full of mature trees and shrubs. It also has couple of cafes, exhibition centre, Chinese and Alpine Gardens, Rockery, Historic Glass Pavilions etc etc. In May-June when rhododendrons are in bloom the Botanics are pretty spectacular, but they are very pleasant at any time of... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is an excellent half day out at anytime of year. I would highly recommend spending a fiver to get in the amazing glasshouses which each represent differing environments. Totally exceeded my expectations.

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Just downhill of New Town and attractively straddling a river near the elegant Royal Botanic Garden, it’s small wonder that Stockbridge became one of the city’s first hip neighbourhoods. It’s now one of Edinburgh’s most desirable, though many bohemian touches have fallen away as its residents have matured and the area has gentrified. Some second-hand shops cling on, but mostly residents display refined tastes in basement bistros, gastropubs, coffee and antique shops, boutiques and delis and at the Sunday farmers' market. A pleasant ten-minute walk away, along a leafy riverside path beside the gurgling Water of Leith, lies Dean Village. This sleepy neighborhood of medieval half-timbered houses still retains much of the village feel it had when watermills plied their trade here. Beyond, the wooded riverside path feels even more remote as it climbs to the sculpture gardens of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
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