Known locally as simply “The Botanics”, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is an oasis of peace and tranquillity, only a few minutes from the heart of the bustling centre. It is just over a mile from the The Royal Scots Club, with 72 acres of stunning scenery, exceptionally tended gardens and a whole programme of events to be enjoyed.
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh was founded in 1670 and began life as a physic garden, providing herbal cures and medicines. It has since grown considerably and extends of four gardens which boast a huge collection of living plants as well as having a key role in plant science worldwide, renowned for its role in the sector and also in education.
The garden is a hub of activity and discovery, with many places to explore. You can take an eco-tour of the world in the huge glasshouses, including Britain’s tallest Palm House and Inverleith House within the Gardens is home to an award-winning art gallery. The Chinese hillside offers absolut serenity and the Rock Garden is one of the most famous around the world. The Woodland Garden is also home to examples of the magnificent Giant Redwood.
The Royal Botanic Garden is open throughout the year and is free for general admission. There is a shop and a café and an exciting programme of events running throughout peak season especially. You can enjoy daily garden walks with one of the dedicated garden guides, a summer school, many exhibitions, family events, education courses and more. There are several long term projects to view too including the Edible Gardening Project and events during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to enjoy.
From The Royal Scots Club, you can get to the Botanics on foot in about 20 minutes. There are several buses (LRT nos. 8, 23 and 27 plus some tour buses) and if you walk miles while you’re there, you might welcome a lift back up the hill!