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“Lots of exotic plants!”

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
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Ranked #9 of 395 things to do in Edinburgh
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Botanics offers visitors peace and tranquility amongst its stunning 72 acres in Edinburgh city centre. Founded in 1670, the Garden is acknowledged to be one of the finest in the world.
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Stuart, Florida
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“Lots of exotic plants!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2014

We spent 3 days in Edinburgh doing the basic tourist things and we made the Gardens one of those things. Glad we did! It was very pleasant walking the grounds but even better going into the greenhouse(s). There was a slight charge but well worth it. We saw a lot of exotic plants and got some ideas for our home landscape. We went there via bus which we found very convenient in Edinburgh. The transportation system is excellent and buses seem to run everywhere!

Visited August 2014
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“A very Royal Botanic Garden - Edinburgh”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2014

The RBG is free for all, and while they do charge for entry into the enclosed Glass Buildings, this nominal fee would certainly not inhibit active gardening types/aficionados from paying. The grounds are simply world class, as are all the goods and services offered.

Visited August 2014
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Lovely gardens especially the Chinese gardens.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2014

What a beautiful gardens we have in Edinburgh. Free entry and a day to spend a picnic in. Walking round and seeing such lovely
Scenery and plant life. Rockery gardens. Ponds and big green houses with tropical plants. Well worth a visit. You would certainly go again. Relax on the grass with a book, while taking in the beautiful views.

Visited September 2013
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Athens, Greece
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“Great garden!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2014

Loved the place everything so organised and beautiful..It is free but it is worth paying 5pounds to see 10 rooms with glass around where they grow many exotic trees and plants from all over the world..Really amazing!

Visited August 2014
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Nice, but very busy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2014

Visited August 2013

The Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh are situated a short drive outside of the centre of Edinburgh by distance but actually driving there is a nightmare, as is all driving in Edinburgh. There is no specific parking for the gardens so you have to rely on street parking so this is pretty much down to chance. We managed to get parked for free nearby because it was a Sunday but make sure you check the parking arrangements on the specific day you go.

There is a large visitor centre as you go in which has a café. Food options in the area are limited to the café in the centre and a snack van outside the park across the road - I don’t like to eat in these places because they tend to be overpriced, so we ended up at the snack van across the road which only has very limited options so I would recommend eating beforehand (just for clarity, we didn’t check out the café in the gardens so I can’t say anything about the price or quality of their food, it’s just my general point of view that such places are poor value for money so we avoid them).

The garden itself is pretty nice and well kept as you would expect. It’s quite large so it can take a couple of hours to get around - there is plenty to see so it’s worth the time, especially as the attraction is free. The highlight for me is the artificial waterfall situated near the back of the garden which I was really impressed with.

It can get quite busy so be aware of this if you’re not a fan of crowds. I wouldn’t say it was a major point of concern, just an FYI for those not fond of crowds.

Visited September 2013
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