Royal Botanic Garden, Arboretum Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5NY
The Edinburgh Botanics is the first of four sites that make up the Royal Botanic Gardens in Scotland. The others are located at Benmore, Logan and Dawyck. Together they form one of the world’s largest collections of living plants – representing over 15,000 different world species.
The Edinburgh site was established in 1670 at St. Anne’s Yard and moved to its current location on Arboretum Place in 1820. Stretching over 70 acres, there are many features to explore – including the Rock Garden, Alpines, Woodland, Herbaceous Border and beautiful Victorian Glasshouses. Entry to the gardens is free, with a charge to visit the glasshouses. Just one mile from the centre of Edinburgh, it’s the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
There are several venues within the gardens including the John Hope Gateway biodiversity and information centre with a restaurant and shop. The Gateway Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea daily. For a coffee, snack or more informal dining, the Terrace Cafe is a self-service style canteen offering hot and cold food with outdoor seating. The East Gate Coffee Bar is also open daily for snacks and drinks. Further venues are available for private hire for meetings, special events and weddings.
Although a popular attraction for locals and tourists, the Royal Botanic Garden is first and foremost an important scientific centre for the study and conservation of plants. The institution researches plants and their relationships, evolution, conservation and biology. It also serves to educate visitors of all ages, runs formal courses and accepts students on placements. In addition, a full programme of walks, talks, exhibitions, cultural events and activities runs throughout the year.
For full details of what’s on at The Botanics visit the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh website.