We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Open today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Save
  
Ways to Experience Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
from US$115.17
More Info
from US$14.20
More Info
Reviews (7,579)
Filter reviews
7,579 results
Traveler rating
5,460
1,722
301
60
36
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageAll languages
More languages
Traveler rating
5,460
1,722
301
60
36
Show reviews that mention
All reviews glass house rock garden plants and trees east gate terrace cafe light show gardens are beautiful city centre free entry few hours different areas worth a visit great place to visit couple of hours princes street glasshouse bloom
Selected filters
Filter
Updating list...
13 - 18 of 7,579 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Botanics are a great place to walk with friends while enjoying the blossoms is spring. Have a picnic or visit the cafe.

Date of experience: April 2021
Thank jacquelineheffernan
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 20 May 2021 via mobile

First visit ever !
I’m a keen hobby Alpine gardener and wanted to visit for years. Whilst on holiday in Northumberland made the 2 hour trek to visit. I had high expectations and it exceeded them. The garden, particularly the Alpine area, were fantastic and the staff were extremely welcoming and happy to talk.
You have to book a timed slot (although tickets are free). We did this easily on line. We chose the East Gate and travelled by car. Of course Edinburgh is a busy city so allow for delays etc. Parked on the road (Sat Nav EH35LP). Pay at meter £2.50 per hour. The park is surrounded by houses and the East gate is near to above postcode up a small but signposted pedestrian walkway. Entry was straightforward and efficient after scanning your QR code on your email.
Small takeaway shop at the entrance is open and we enjoyed our cappuccinos sat on one of the many benches along the generous walkways.
I think it’s fair to describe the site as a mix of arboretum, beds and specialist areas. Whilst there was a number of people there at the same time the site is generous and social distancing was easily achieved. A charming mix of local families and tourists from around the world.
We headed directly to the Alpine areas. If you have any interest in this subject it’s a must see. There’s a traditional Alpine House complimented by a contemporary fairly new purpose built display building. Outside there are cold frames, many various sizes of trough and rockery borders. The range of plants is absolutely fantastic. I’ve taken so many photos to work through at my leisure.
We also enjoyed the fruit and vegetable growing area. The staff were very happy to talk to a fellow grower/Allotmenteer!
There’s an outstanding and huge beech hedge with artistic opening cut into it. The beds in front of it are just colossal.
Of course at this time of year in this location borders and trees are just getting going. You can tell from the web site that later in the year there is other things to see. May/ June is a key time to see Alpines at their best.
All in all a wonderful visit. Thank you to all concerned.

Date of experience: May 2021
Thank Allotmenteerconsumer
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 29 April 2021

Had such a wonderful day out at the botanic gardens with my partner, her sister and their little one. The grounds are absolutely wonderful. A great family day out with stimulating things on hand for the grown ups and plenty of space to play and explore for kids

Date of experience: May 2020
Thank paulwT1344XJ
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 10 April 2021 via mobile

We love visiting the Botanics throughout the year and seeing the changes in the plants and trees. Despite being one of the few places open to visit during lockdown it never seems too crowded for comfort.

Date of experience: March 2021
Thank fifilala46
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 9 April 2021

After driving a considerable distance and paying to park, despite booking tickets for a family of four we were welcomed by a bell ringing woman who immediately told us to go home due to a bit of unexpected windy weather. This was a complete waste of money and time, since we went all the way to look at some railings! The conclusion is if it’s raining don’t go because it’s miserable and if it’s windy don’t go since you will get thrown out due to the imminent threat of a falling pine cone! After my advanced calculations, in Edinburgh it will leave around 2 days a year which this garden would be suitable to visit! In summary don’t bother, I won’t be going back!

Date of experience: April 2021
Thank bobbP6224MX
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
View more reviews