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The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is a scientific centre for the study of plants, their diversity and conservation, as well as a popular tourist attraction. Originally founded in 1670 as a physic garden to grow medicinal plants, today it occupies four sites across Scotland each with its own specialist collection. The RBGE’s living collection consists of more than 13,302 plant species, whilst the herbarium contains over 3 million preserved specimens.


Edinburgh Botanic Garden


Glass reflection

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May Day at the RBGE

The Botanics captures the imagination of everyone who visits and is world renowned for its horticultural excellence. Over 70 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds provide a tranquil haven just one mile from the city centre! In the video below you can see a wee preview of what you can expect to find here…



The Chinese Garden



The Royal Botanic Garden is open daily:

  • March to September: 10am – 6pm
  • February and October: 10am – 5pm
  • November to January: 10am -4pm
  • Closed 25 December and 1st January

Entry to the gardens is FREE with a small charge for entry into the glasshouses.

For more details, check out the official website: www.rbge.org.uk