The Royal Botanical Garden in Edinburgh was founded in 1670 for the service of growing medicinal plants. Today, the Botanical Gardens serve to protect and cultivate more than 15,000 plant species from their four locations in Edinburgh, Logan, Dawyck and Benmore.
Through bio-diversity and conservation, the main site at the Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh contributes to scientific projects in the UK and abroad whilst drawing a year round interest from locals and tourism. The Royal Botanical Garden in Edinburgh is stretched over 70 acres of lush greenery, colourful foliage and an eclectic collection of the world’s most beautiful flowers. Visitors may roam freely throughout the tranquil grounds or take part in an educational guided tour.
Tour highlights include an exploration of the Glass Houses, used for research since 1976 for cultivation of rare flora indigenous to warm weather and tropical climates. The garden areas are comprised of rolling streams and cascading waterfalls set amidst artistically superb natural rock formations cutting and winding through the lush green acres.
The Rock Garden contains over 5,000 species of flowering plants, carefully arranged in their own rock-cut quarters. Take a stroll through Scottish Heath Garden for an up-close exploration of the plants indigenous to Scotland. Enter the realm of the Chinese Hillside for a realistic reproduction of the Asian countryside to include a wooded forest, pond, traditional Chinese architecture pavilion and breathtaking views to Edinburgh Castle.
The John Hope Gateway, situated at the Edinburgh Garden West Gate, is the information hub and center for bio-diversity green living. Nearby, shops for souvenirs and educational materials are located within easy access to casual dining at the Gateway Restaurant for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.
How to get there
Served by Edinburgh’s Hop-on Hop-off Tour Bus