Opened in the 17th century in the north of the city, this garden has a unique collection of plants from around the world and one of the largest groupings of herbaria in Europe. It is home to alpine plants, bogs, Asian vegetation, palms, cycads, orchids, ferns, a tropical forest, and a desert. Stroll through shady paths and let yourself be carried away by the beauty of the place. Visit the Chinese pagoda and the Palm House, an elegant Victorian building which houses giant palm trees and a gallery illustrating the evolution of plants. The greenhouses are magnificent – the largest measures an incredible 168 by 18 m.
Entrance to the buildings costs 5 GBP but remains free for children under 15. The revenues help fund its scientific centre for plant research, for the primary purpose of this garden is to study medicinal plants. It's a magical place, whatever the season...
Royal Botanic Garden
Edinburgh EH3 5NZ
+44 131 248 2909