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  • Address: 20A Inverleith Row
  • Hours: Open daily at 10am, closing times vary monthly. Closed Christmas and New Year's Day
  • Admission: Free

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Royal Botanic Garden

The Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh is one of the most stunning - and one of the oldest - botanic gardens on earth. It was originally planted as a medicinal garden near Holyrood Palace in 1670 (only Oxford's gardens predate it in the British Isles). It fetched up in its present location, about a mile out of the city, in the 19th century.

Today the Royal Botanic Garden spreads over 70 acres with splendid views of the city. It has the largest collection of wild-origin Chinese plants outside of China. You’ll also find a Scottish heath garden planted with highlands specimens, a rock garden bursting with over 500 Alpine plants and a herbaceous border backed by a 100-year-old beech hedge.


Practical Info

Wander from ‘room’ to ‘room’ of charmingly enclosed gardens, marvel at the collection of rhododendrons, and don’t neglect to visit the Temperate Palm House – built in the 19th century and still the tallest in the British Isles. From here, for a small charge, you can enter the Windows on the World exhibition, a series of glasshouses holding 10 different climatic zones.

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Edinburgh City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 386 Reviews

With great views from the top of the bus, strategically placed stops and an interesting commentary, this truly is the best way to see the sights of Edinburgh. ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $24.19

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