Fodor's Expert Review Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Explore Britain's largest rhododendron and azalea gardens at this beautiful 70-acre botanical garden. Founded in 1670 as a physic garden, it now has a range of natural highlights such as soaring palms in the glass-domed Temperate House and the steamy Tropical Palm House, an extensive Chinese garden, and a pretty rock garden and stream. There's a visitor center with exhibits on biodiversity, a fabulous gift shop selling plants, books, and gifts, and two cafeterias. There's also the handsome 18th-century Inverleith House, which hosts art exhibitions. Guided walks of the gardens cost £7 and take place daily from April to October, or you can book a private tour including afternoon tea (£45 for two) at any time. It takes 20 minutes to walk to the garden from Princes Street, or you can take a bus.