"When I forget thee, Auld Reekie, may my right hand forget it's cunning" R.L. Stevenson

    • Mon10:00 - 17:00
    • Tue10:00 - 17:00
    • Wed10:00 - 17:00
    • Thu10:00 - 17:00Open
    • Fri10:00 - 17:00
    • Sat10:00 - 17:00
    • Sun10:00 - 17:00

Royal Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), is located in the Inverleith area of Edinburgh.

It started out in 1670 and is the second oldest botanic garden in Britain after Oxford’s. It was originally a physic garden used to grow medicinal plants near the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Now over three-hundred years since it was first founded it is renowned world-wide for its expertise in the study of biodiversity.

The RBGE moved to it’s current location in 1824 and now covers 28 hectares of ground lying between the Firth of Forth and Edinburgh City Center. A series of winding paths link the different sections of the gardens which have over 2000 tree species scattered around them.

The entire RBGE could be called an arboretum but the area traditionally referred to as the Arboretum is found in the former grounds of Inverleith House, in the south west of the gardens.

The gardens are not only an ideal location for the budding botanist to learn more about the flora & fauna from around the world but also a great place for anyone wishing to wile away a few hours on a sunny day.

Entrance to the RBGE is free, although there is a small entrance fee for the glasshouses.

"Beautiful and peaceful place, I need to go back !"

By Peigi Series

21 Sept 2016

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"A credit to Edinburgh. A wonderful place to spend a few hours. Grab a coffee at the East Gate, find a bench and watch the world go by..."

By Robert Hamilton

08 Sept 2016

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