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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

  • 23 Inverleith Row Map It
  • Inverleith
  • Garden/Arboretum
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 05/04/2017

Fodor's Review

Britain's largest rhododendron and azalea gardens are part of this 70-acre garden just north of the city center. An impressive Chinese garden has the largest collection of wild-origin Chinese plants outside China. There's a cafeteria, a visitor center with exhibits exploring biodiversity, and a fabulous gift shop selling plants, books, and gifts. Handsome 18th-century Inverleith House hosts art exhibitions. Don't miss the soaring palms in the glass-domed Temperate House and the steamy Tropical Palm House. The hilly rock garden and stream are magical on a sunny day. Daily tours (£5) take place daily from April to October, and you can book a private tour including afternoon tea (£45 for two people) at any time. Take a taxi to the garden, or ride Bus 8 from North Bridge, Bus 27 from Princes Street, or Bus 23 from Hanover Street. To make the 20-minute walk from the New Town, take Dundas Street (the continuation of Hanover Street) and turn left at the clock tower onto Inverleith Row.

Sight Information


23 Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR, Scotland

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Website: www.rbge.org.uk

Sight Details:

  • Free; Glasshouses £4.50

Published 05/04/2017


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