Inverleith House

Inverleith House
Royal Botanic Garden, Arboretum Place/Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR
  • Telephone 0131 248 2971
  • Seasonal times Nov 1–Jan 31: Tue–Sun 10am–3.30pm; closed Mon. Feb 1–28 and Oct 1–31: Tue–Sun 10am–4.30pm; closed Mon. Mar 1–Sep 30: Tue–Sun 10am–5.30pm; closed Mon.
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Inverleith House

Set in the lush greenery of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Inverleith House is a gallery that takes inspiration from its surroundings, with spring, summer, autumn and winter-themed exhibitions according to the season. The spring programme features an exhibition drawn from the garden's archives of drawings, prints, photographs, manuscripts and herbarium/plant specimens, alongside solo exhibitions by contemporary artists such as Vincent Fecteau, Cerith Wyn Evans and the late Louise Bourgeois. Occasionally, it also presents exhibitions and events in the 73-acre landscaped grounds and in the glasshouses. Examples include exhibitions by Jim Lambie, Franz West and Lothar Baumgarten and performances of compositions written for plants by John Cage. It is one of the only botanical gardens in the world to have a programme of exhibitions that spans contemporary art and botanical science. The John Hope Gateway, a biodiversity and information centre, is a relatively new addition to the gardens, and a shining example of green construction and sustainability.

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Big Botanics Book Sale

As part of our preparations for a very special year in 2020, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is clearing out existing stock of some of the books that we have published over the last 349 years. From botanical pioneers to contemporary art via the world's greatest mountain range, there will be something for…

Thu 21 Nov

Free / 0131 248 2971

Part of Book Week Scotland.

  • 11:00 – 15:00

Conversations with a Scottish Gardener in Paris

Born in Corstorphine in 1751, Thomas Blaikie travelled in Switzerland collecting plants, before becoming a gardener to the French aristocracy. His diaries and other papers, recently donated to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, tell the story of his encounters with people from very different social stations, whether it…

Sun 24 Nov

Free / 0131 248 2971

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Booking is essential.

Talking Archives

The Archive at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh houses thousands of letters that have been sent to and from the Garden over the course of its 349-year history. With letters from explorers, politicians and renowned scientists, the collection provides a fascinating insight into historical conversations as the…

Sat 23 Nov

Free / 0131 248 2971

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Booking is essential.

Reviews & features

Inverleith House to cease being a gallery after 30 years

19 Oct 2016

The artspace in Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden will close this weekend

It has been confirmed by the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh that Inverleith House, contained within its grounds, will no longer be used as a contemporary artspace. This comes after 30 years as a gallery, in which, under the curatorship of Paul Nesbitt…

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

16 Feb 2011

A place to retreat from the crowds in the city centre

The Botanics, 70 acres of landscaped gardens a mile north of the New Town, are well known to locals as a place to retreat from the crowds in the city centre. Perfect for a leisurely afternoon meander, you can also go hunting for some of the 5,000…

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