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Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland

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Established in 1670 it is over 70 acres of landscaped grounds just one mile outside the city of Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh Garden Features include:

The Garden is home to the largest collection of wild-origin Chinese plants outside China. The Scottish Heath Garden, recreates the plantings and landscape of the Scottish highlands; the Rock Garden, is home to over 5,000 alpine plants and a165m-long Herbaceous Border, backed by a century-old Beech Hedge.

Queen Mother's Memorial Garden, based on the motif of the historic Eassie Cross near Glamis Castle, the Scottish home of the Queen Mother. The four corners of the garden have been designated different areas of the world at the heart of each a seating area with a central specimen tree. There is also a stone pavilion engraved with the names of societies, charities and companies who the Queen Mother was associated with. At the heart of the garden is a labyrinth planted with bog myrtle a native plant of the highlands of Scotland.

Among the Garden's many thousands of trees and shrubs there are conifers, rhododendrons, Sierra redwoods of North America as well as beeches, maples, and colourful rowans.

At the heart of the Garden is the Victorian Temperate Palm House - the tallest of its kind in Britain - the glorious entrance to Windows on the World, a glasshouse exploring 10 distinct climate zones holding around one percent of all known flowering plants, cycads and ferns.

Other features within the garden include the glasshouses, a pond, a waterfall, and Inverleith House now used for housing art exhibitions and educational facilities.

The Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh also have three other sites within its group, these are


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  The Temperate Palm House

  Kevin Rae

  The Waterfall at the Rock Garden


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Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh, Scotland

Ceremonial County: Mid Lothian

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Best Times to Visit:

Anytime there is always something to look at, although wet weather may not be good as it is an outside venue primarily.




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Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh, Scotland

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Getting there:

Situated off the A902 one mile north of Edinburgh city centre.


Via gates on Inverleith Row and Inverleith Place


Available around perimeter and on adjacent side streets. Parking free at weekends and evenings. Mon-Fri metered between 8.30am and 5.30pm.


Terrace Cafe, Restaurant, shop

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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
20A Inverleith Row




0131 552 7171

Opening times:

Daily All Year. Closed Dec 25th and Jan 1st

Nov-Jan 10am-4pm; Feb-Oct 10am-6pm


FREE to gardens

Charges for Glasshouses Adult 4; Concessions 3;
Child (5-16) 1; Family (2+4) 8; Members FREE

Photo Restrictions:

No commercial photography without permit. Tripods can only be used with a permit.

Other Restrictions: No bikes or ball games
Special Needs Access: All buildings and major areas of garden accessible. Wheelchairs available for loan at the Garden entrances. Limited parking bays at the north gate on Inverleigth Place
Special Needs Facilities: disabled toilets in the cafe
Children Facilities: Baby changing facilities at the cafe
Dogs Allowed: No, except for guide dogs.

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By: Tracey Park Section: Gardens Section Key:
Page Ref: Royal_Edinburgh Topic: Gardens Last Updated: 03/2011

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