Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Arboretum Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR
  • Telephone 0131 248 2909
  • Opening times Daily 10am–6pm. Oct and Feb 10am–5pm. Nov–Jan 10am–4pm.
  • Seasonal times 1 Mar–30 Sep 10am–6pm; Feb & Oct 10am–5pm; 1 Nov–31 Jan 10am–4pm.
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  • Website www.rbge.org.uk
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Terrariums at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Just one mile from the city centre, this idyllic oasis of greenery covers over 70 acres and features horticultural specimens from around the world. Among these, the Scottish Heath Garden and the Rock Garden are fantastic examples of conservation and exhibition. Tremendously popular with everyone from young families out for a stroll to pensioners taking the air. The Botanics has several attractions including Inverleith House, an 18th century building which is now home to one of the city's leading art galleries; the majestic glasshouses, that allow visitors to explore ten distinct climatic zones; and the John Hope Gateway, a state-of-the-art biodiversity and information centre completed in 2009. The Terrace café and Gateway Restaurant serve hot and cold food daily. Several function rooms and halls are available to hire for private events. The Botanics also hosts various arts events, including selections from the International Science Festival and the Festival Fringe.

Events at this venue

There are 14 events at this location

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Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information displayed here is accurate, always check with the venue before attending (especially during the Covid-19 pandemic).

Around the Botanics in 350 Years

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh dates back to 1670 when it began as a physic garden near the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Join us for an evening that celebrates this history when the current Regius Keeper, Simon Milne, will share highlights, lowlights and amusing anecdotes to provide an insight into the Garden and its…

Thu 22 Oct

Free / 0131 248 2909

Benmore Explorer Tours

Enjoy the beauty of the Garden aboard the Benmore Explorer

Wed 5 Aug

0131 248 2909

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Thu 6 Aug

0131 248 2909

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Wed 12 Aug

0131 248 2909

  • 14:00 – 16:00
…and 23 more dates until 29 Oct

Botanic Cottage Open Afternoon

Join us for a look inside the Botanic Cottage. Discover how it is used today and how it was saved and rebuilt.

Fri 7 Aug

Free / 0131 248 2909

Fri 4 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Fri 2 Oct

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 2 more dates until 4 Dec

!Cancelled until further notice - Cottage Cook Club

!Note: Cook Club 27th March Session has been cancelled. Please check regularly for updated information on future sessions. Thank you.

Fri 14 Aug

Free / 0131 248 2909

Fri 28 Aug

Free / 0131 248 2909

Fri 11 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 9 more dates until 26 Feb 2021

!Cancelled until further notice - Open Book Group

The current Book Club sessions have been cancelled until from Wk of 16th March until further notice. Please check regularly for updates on this. Thank you.

Thu 6 Aug

Free / 0131 248 2909

Thu 13 Aug

Free / 0131 248 2909

Thu 3 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 65 more dates until 16 Dec 2021

!Cancelled until further notice - YIDL Community Yoga

PLEASE NOTE - COVID-19: Due to the current social health crisis, as of 20 March 2020, we have suspended our group classes in Edinburgh and Glasgow. We wish you well and encourage you to continue practising at home in order to maintain your health and peace of mind. If you would like to join our online classes via the Zoom…

Thu 3 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Thu 10 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Thu 17 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 13 more dates until 17 Dec

Christmas at the Botanics

A one mile illuminated trail that winds its way through the garden. Wander beneath the tree canopies bathed in seasonal colour, enjoy the sounds of the Choir of the Trees and keep an eye out for Santa and his elves. There's spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate to warm you up.

Thu 26 Nov

£19 (Children £13) / 0131 248 2909

Fri 27 Nov

£19 (Children £13) / 0131 248 2909

Sat 28 Nov

£19 (Children £13) / 0131 248 2909

…and 29 more dates until 3 Jan 2021

Cyrienian Cook Club

Community Cook Club. Join us for this twice monthly meeting of the Community Cook Club - Cyrenians run the cook clubs with staff and volunteers and by sourcing food from FareShare. This club supports members of the Community in preparing and sitting down to enjoy a free, nutritious meal with good company! For more…

Fri 14 Aug

Free / 0131 248 2909

Fri 28 Aug

Free / 0131 248 2909

Fri 11 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 6 more dates until 11 Dec

Developing a Garden Sketchbook - After Hours

A course with tutor Helen Jackson designed to guide the student in exploring and developing their own personal style using a variety of media working on both preparatory studies and final works inspired by the gardens throughout the seasons.

Thu 22 Apr 2021

£110/99 for members / 0131 248 2909

Early Warning Signs

Reduce, reuse, recycle your art.

Tue 4 Aug

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

  • 10:30

Wed 5 Aug

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Thu 6 Aug

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

…and 147 more dates until 31 Dec

Garden Social for Dementia

Free sessions with refreshments and activities. Inspired by the Garden for people affected by dementia. Numbers limited.  ! Please Note: Those attending this activity on days when the garden area is closed due to bad weather can still access the Botanic Cottage from the rear entrance on Inverleith Place.

Fri 7 Aug

Free / 0131 248 2909

Fri 4 Sep

Free / 0131 248 2909

Fri 2 Oct

Free / 0131 248 2909

…and 2 more dates until 4 Dec

Growing Heritage Apples and Pears

A tour of the fruit garden at RBGE looking at traditional apples and pears grown including rare Scottish heritage cultivars.

Sat 29 Aug

£90 (Members £81) / 0131 248 2909

Nature's Voice: The Botanics’ 350th Anniversary Gala Concert

To mark its 350th anniversary, the Botanics is collaborating with Dunedin Consort and The Queen’s Hall to present a programme of music that celebrates nature, from Telemann’s Water Music to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Sat 10 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 248 2909

Tree Climbing Experiences with Wild Tree Adventures

Tree climbing adventures for anyone aged 6 and older.

Sat 12 Sep

Cancelled / 08006226465

Sun 13 Sep

Cancelled / 08006226465

Reviews & features

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh celebrates its 350th anniversary with urgent call to protect planet's biodiversity

8 Jan 2020

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh unveils a year-long programme of events highlighting the global dangers of climate crisis and biodiversity loss

In celebration of its historic 350th birthday, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has announced details of a year-long programme of activities and events designed to draw attention to the global threat that climate change poses to ecosystems and plant…

The Best Activities for Kids and Families in Edinburgh

3 Mar 2015

Places to go and things to do in Auld Reekie

Visitors have been climbing to the top of Camera Obscura’s rooftop chamber for over 150 years, so they must be doing something right. Up there, you can view Edinburgh through a giant periscope, ‘pick up’ a bus or person on a piece of paper, and learn…

Virtual Spring: Garden highlights 26 April 2020

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