Royal Botanic Garden

Royal Botanic Garden
Arboretum Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR
  • Telephone 0131 248 2909
  • Seasonal times 1 Mar–30 Sep: 10am–6pm; Feb & Oct: 10am–5pm; 1 Nov–31 Jan: 10am–4pm but individual events may vary.
  • Admission Free; glasshouse entry £4.50 (£3.50; children £1; family £9).
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  • Website www.rbge.org.uk
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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 climactic 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 19 events at this location

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Calvinball

Theatre experience for wee ones. Booking is essential.

Sat 5 Aug

£5 / 0131 248 2909

Meet at John Hope Gateway

£5 / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 6 Aug

£5 / 0131 248 2909

Meet at John Hope Gateway

£5 / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 7 Aug

£5 / 0131 248 2909

Meet at John Hope Gateway

£5 / 0131 248 2909

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 17 more dates until 27 Aug

Coffee Morning & Talk: The Wee World of Lichens at the Edinburgh Garden

Scotland has a wealth of lichen diversity, but what and where are they? Join Rebecca Yahr to find out about the new Wee World of Lichens trail, launched with support from the Friends at the Garden in Edinburgh.

Tue 19 Sep

The Conference Room, 20a Inverleith Row, 10am for coffee and talk starts at 10.30am

Members £5 To reserve a place please contact the Membership Office on 0131 552 5339 or members@rbge.org.uk / 0131 248 2909

  • 10:30 – 12:00

Dirty Dancing

  • 3 stars
  • 1987
  • US
  • 100 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Emile Ardolino
  • Written by: Eleanor Bergstein
  • Cast: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes

The plot – in the summer of 1963 bad boy Johnny (Swayze) meets good girl Baby (Grey) and teaches her hip grinding, eventually winning the respect of her parents. Sure it's full of stereotyping, bad dialogue and a pre-teen sugar coated prurience, but decades on Dirty Dancing still has the ability to send a generation of…

Sat 2 Sep

£14.50 (Children £9.50) / 0131 248 2909

The Flow Country

Discover the Flow Country - and some of the finest peatlands on the planet. This vast peatland landscape in the far north of Scotland is a special place for wildlife and also plays a key role in defending us against climate change. Find out about the wildlife and people of the Flow Country, how peat forms and why it is…

Wed 28 Jun

John Hope Gateway

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 22:00 – 03:00

Thu 29 Jun

John Hope Gateway

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 22:00 – 03:00

Fri 30 Jun

John Hope Gateway

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 22:00 – 03:00
…and 87 more dates until 25 Sep

Garden Social for Dementia

First Friday morning of the month, May - Sep 10:30-12:00 | age 16+ | Botanic Cottage Free sessions with refreshments and activities. Inspired by the Garden for people affected by dementia. Numbers limited. First Friday morning of the month, May – Sep 10:30–12:00 | age 16+ | Botanic Cottage | free

Fri 7 Jul

Botanic Cottage

Free No booking required for individuals/pairs, but for groups of more than two please contact community@rbge.org.uk or leave a message on 0131 248… / 0131 248 2909

  • 22:30 – 09:00

The Gardens of Angus Day Trip

The tour heads to Forfar and The House of Pitmuies with its beautiful walled gardens and collections of old-fashioned roses and massed delphiniums. Enjoy the themed gardens in the historic Gallery Garden in Montrose and the superb 18th century Laird's property of Newtonmill House by Edzell with its long herbaceous…

Wed 5 Jul

John Hope Gateway

£65 for Members, Guests of members may also book on the trip Booking forms are available to download on the link below or from the Membership Office… / 0131 248 2909

  • 08:30

The HandleBards: A Midsummer Night's Dream

The HandleBards The HandleBards are the world’s first cycling theatre company. Before touring their beautifully bonkers production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream around the world, they pedalled it 1500 miles around the UK by bicycle with all the necessary set, props and costume in tow. Now, their critically acclaimed…

Tue 22 Aug

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - West Gate

£15 (£13) / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 23 Aug

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - West Gate

£15 (£13) / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 24 Aug

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - West Gate

£15 (£13) / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 26 Aug

The HandleBards: As You Like It

The HandleBards The world’s first cycling theatre company, the HandleBards, pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the globe. Join their all-female troupe, at the peak of their 1500 mile adventure, for this bicycle-powered…

Wed 9 Aug

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - West Gate

£15 (£13) / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 10 Aug

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - West Gate

£15 (£13) / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 11 Aug

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - West Gate

£15 (£13) / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 13 Aug

Harvest Festival

Our annual Harvest Festival is a celebration of the vegetable growing year. Join us for fun activities, gardening advice, information about harvesting, cooking and storing crops, tasters and more. Be inspired to get growing with our community garden produce show and discover the delights of growing your own vegetables…

Sat 16 Sep

Demonstration Garden

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 13:00 – 16:00

Sun 17 Sep

Demonstration Garden

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 13:00 – 16:00

Heart for Art National Exhibition

Heart for Art by Crossreach is delighted to present a national exhibition, showcasing work created through their dementia friendly art classes. Funded through Life's Changes Trust, Heart for Art has grown to ten classes, meeting all over Scotland. Heart for Art seeks to celebrate creativity and reduce the stigma often…

Sat 8 Jul

Real Life Science Studio, John Hope Gateway Building

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 10:00 – 17:30

Sun 9 Jul

Real Life Science Studio, John Hope Gateway Building

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 10:00 – 17:30

Mon 10 Jul

Real Life Science Studio, John Hope Gateway Building

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 10:00 – 17:30
…and 6 more dates until 16 Jul

Home Sweet Garden

Asylon Theatre Poppy and Will love to play in their garden and observe the fascinating wildlife. But what will happen when their garden disappears one day? Inspirational and delightful tale of friendship and love with eco themes told using puppetry and music. Following its highly successful production Fraxi Queen of…

Fri 4 Aug

Patrick Geddes Room

£7 (£5) / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 5 Aug

Patrick Geddes Room

£7 (£5) / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 6 Aug

Patrick Geddes Room

£7 (£5) / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 8 more dates until 15 Aug

The Jungle Book

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 106 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jon Favreau
  • Written by: Justin Marks (screenplay), Rudyard Kipling
  • Cast: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken
  • UK release: 15 April 2016

You know the story: boy (Sethi) left in woods, adopted by wolves (Nyong'o and Esposito), mentored by panther (Kingsley), befriended by bear (Murray), hunted by tiger (Elba, terrifying). Favreau and his team successfully retool the story with stunning CGI, and a script with heart, soul and spirit. A feelgood delight.

Fri 1 Sep

£14.50 (Children £9.50) / 0131 248 2909

La La Land

  • 5 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 126 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Damien Chazelle
  • Cast: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, J.K. Simmons
  • UK release: 13 January 2017

In Los Angeles, aspiring actress Mia (Stone) falls for jazz musician Sebastian (Gosling). Audaciously inventive homage to classic movie musicals, technically wonderful and joyously emotional, with Gosling as a goofy idealistic charmer and Stone showing the versatility, vulnerability and talent of a young Shirley MacLaine.

Sun 3 Sep

£14.50 (Children £9.50) / 0131 248 2909

Marvellous Moss

Get hands-on with Sphagnum (peat mosses) and measure their incredible water-holding capacity. These colourful, slightly alien-looking plants are able to create vast peat bogs and store huge quantities of carbon because of their ability to hold onto water and inhibit decay. See how Sphagnum manages this trick using…

Sun 20 Aug

John Hope Gateway Building

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 13:00 – 16:00

Orkney is my Garden

In conjunction with the Friends' excursion to Orkney in July, Claudia Ferguson-Smyth, a volunteer researcher in the RBGE Herbarium and recorder with the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, will speak about the unique collection of Orkney plants in the Henry Halcro Johnston Herbarium at RBGE. The talk will touch on…

Thu 29 Jun

Lecture Theatre, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR

£6 To book call the Membership Office on 0131 552 5339; members@rbge.org.uk or pay on the door (Members £5) / 0131 248 2909

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Plant Scenery of the World

A major exhibition celebrating the garden's innovative modernist glasshouse. Plant Scenery of the World brings together new and commissioned artwork, rare archival material and botanical drawings commissioned by RBGE to explore building for plants and narratives relating to collection and exploration.

Tue 1 Aug

Inverleith House and Front Range Glasshouse, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Free / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 2 Aug

Inverleith House and Front Range Glasshouse, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Free / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 3 Aug

Inverleith House and Front Range Glasshouse, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Free / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 24 more dates until 31 Aug

Seaweed for Health 2017

Ocean vegetables are a growing source of nutrition. This event celebrates the development of nutritious food seaweed in the British Isles and Nordic region, its potential for health, its culinary uses, its botanical history and latest research. Talks by the Seaweed Health Foundation, healthcare professionals, researchers…

Sat 2 Sep

Real Life Science Studio, John Hope Gateway Building

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Sun 3 Sep

Real Life Science Studio, John Hope Gateway Building

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Tour to Orkney and the North of Scotland

The tour will visit several gardens including Melsetter House, The Quoy of Houton, Marengo Garden and the garden of Kierfold as well as other interesting archaelogical sites and attractions on Orkney.  Cawdor Castle, the Castle of Mey and the Hercules Garden at Blair Castle are also stops on this trip.  Download more…

Sun 16 Jul

Meet at the West Gate, John Hope Gateway

Free Booking forms are available to download on the link below or from the Membership Office on Tel: 0131 552 5339 or members@rbge.org.uk / 0131 248 2909

  • 09:00

Mon 17 Jul

Meet at the West Gate, John Hope Gateway

Free Booking forms are available to download on the link below or from the Membership Office on Tel: 0131 552 5339 or members@rbge.org.uk / 0131 248 2909

  • 09:00

Tue 18 Jul

Meet at the West Gate, John Hope Gateway

Free Booking forms are available to download on the link below or from the Membership Office on Tel: 0131 552 5339 or members@rbge.org.uk / 0131 248 2909

  • 09:00
…and 2 more dates until 20 Jul

Tour to South Africa

Along with opportunities to see some of the country’s magnificent wild game, this tour is designed to show a mixture of wild flowers and beautiful cultured varieties as well as some stunning private gardens. The tour includes all flights, 12 nights’ accommodation and will be led by Richard Baines, the curator of Logan…

Tue 12 Sep

Meet at the West Gate, John Hope Gateway

Free Booking forms are available from the Membership Office on Tel: 0131 552 5339 or members@rbge.org.uk / 0131 248 2909

  • 08:00

Wed 13 Sep

Meet at the West Gate, John Hope Gateway

Free Booking forms are available from the Membership Office on Tel: 0131 552 5339 or members@rbge.org.uk / 0131 248 2909

  • 08:00

Thu 14 Sep

Meet at the West Gate, John Hope Gateway

Free Booking forms are available from the Membership Office on Tel: 0131 552 5339 or members@rbge.org.uk / 0131 248 2909

  • 08:00
…and 12 more dates until 26 Sep

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