‘The Highlight of Edinburgh. The Botanic Gardens was my favourite part of visiting Edinburgh. If you can devote an entire day or two to explore, do it! All of the gardens were incredible. No entrance fee except for the greenhouse, which was worth every penny.’
– Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens Tripadvisor Review
A Work Of Art
Set within the grounds is Inverleith House, formerly home of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (from 1960 to 1984). Here, regular art exhibitions reflect and enhance the theme of natural beauty. Artists of all kinds are regularly invited to display their masterpieces on two floors of this astounding mansion.
Before you leave you have to visit the John Hope Gateway centre. It has top class facilities from education rooms to plant sales, and of course the Gateway Restaurant too. Here you can enjoy a variety of tasty meals to round off the perfect relaxing day. For something a little lighter or with a bit more kick, there is a café and a coffee bar in the grounds as well.
During the festive period, the gardens are lit up in the evenings for Christmas at the Botanics. A magnificent festive trail of light! Book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
With stunning sites, botanist history and international plants, the incredible Botanic Gardens Edinburgh has something for everyone. The gardens are free to enter, although some events and exhibitions charge an entrance fee.