Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
The Royal Botanic Garden – One of Edinburgh’s top tourist attractions
The Royal Botanic Garden is literally round the corner from The Dunstane. Open daily from 10am (except the 25th December and 1st January) it’s an enchanting places to spend your day. As well as being a top tourist attraction, it is also a scientific centre for the study of plants, their diversity and conservation and an educational centre.
The Botanics were originally founded in 1670 next to Holyrood Palace as Scotland’s first physic garden. It was just the size of a tennis court. Nothing compared to the 70 acres the modern gardens cover! The garden was moved to Leith in 1763 before a massive 3 year operation saw it move to its current site at Inverleith in 1820. The Botanic Gardens offer an of oasis in the centre of the city.
It isn’t the only garden in the collection. The Royal Botanic Garden also includes gardens at Benmore up by Loch Lomond, Dawyck which is south of Edinburgh near Peebles and Logan in Stranraer. Together the gardens represent one of the largest collections of living plants in the world.
Visiting the Royal Botanic Garden
A 10 minute drive, 30 minute walk or take the number 31 bus from our front door step, jump off on North Bridge and take the number 8 or 27 bus to Inverleith Park. Plan your journey on Lothian Buses quick and easy route planner. If you’re using the bus a lot during your stay, we recommend downloading their app too.
Entrance to the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens is free, although a small entry charge does exist for the glasshouses. Guided tours are available and the attraction offers a cafe and coffee bar for refreshments. The garden’s opening hours are seasonal, so check the times before you visit. Full opening hours and glasshouse admission prices can be found here.