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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
July 8, 2002
If you just want a quiet space in the hectic bustle that is Edinburgh, the Gardens (open during daylight hours only) are a must-see.
Located in the grounds of what was once Edinburgh's best-located stately homes, the Gardens have grown over the years to provide hothouses and rockeries, open spaces and riots of bloom - all with outstanding views of the Edinburgh skyline.
From journal Edinburgh Scotland - a capital place to visit
Fortrose, Scotland, United Kingdom
August 18, 2006
From journal Exploring Auld Reekie - Edinburgh on a budget
by Red Mezz
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
June 18, 2005
When the Royal Botanic Gardens were recommended to me as a place I needed to see in Edinburgh, I kind of dismissed it. In a stunning and ancient city of stone, I figured I could see some flowers and trees anywhere. But like most everything else in this city, The Botanic Gardens has a little something extra, and something to please pretty much everyone.
I've been to many parks around the world, both in and out of major cities, and to date the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens stands out amongst the rest. There could not be a more pleasant or relaxed vibe, and when the sun peaks out from behind the clouds the people of Edinburgh stop what they are doing, and wander to the Botanics to enjoy it. And yet, there is never a sense of it being over crowded, or unpleasantly busy. There are many paths to wander and whether you want simply to sit on a bench enjoying the really beautiful layout of the place to read a book, or to examine all the incredibly rare and well kept flowers, you are certain to enjoy it.
There are plants and trees from all over the world, and I am hard pressed to think of a better kept Garden anywhere. And maybe best of all, the Botanics in Edinburgh has a relaxed feel that you don't often find in Gardens of this caliber. There are paths, but everyone is free and happy to wander barefoot off them into the grass as well. Everywhere are people sunbathing in their own little bit of grass they've claimed, or reading and enjoying the sounds of the abundant birds in the park, often sharing bits of their lunch with the very friendly squirrels.
Down by the west entrance there is an excellent gift shop that sells not only trinkets to take home, but also lots of local products and even plants and some interesting herbal things. It's well worth stopping in, and on the way out, get an ice cream to wander through the park with.
The Botanics is a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon if you're visiting Edinburgh and are exhausted from all of the walking up and down hills that make up most of the city. It's a very pleasant change from the city hustle, as well as all the age and stone that make the city so interesting.
This is a great place for yourself, with friends, or with kids. An excellent sight to see.
From journal Across the Pond, to the wonders of Edinburgh...
by Mary Porcher
New Haven, Connecticut
July 26, 2002
We arrived at the gardens before noon, and were pleased to find them large and uncrowded. There seemed to be as many locals there as tourist...walking their dogs or letting their children romp around in the grass. The sun was shining as we made our way through the azalea garden and on to see the greenhouses. There were trees and plants from all over the world there, a gardener's delight I suppose! The day was still young when we left.
DETAILS: Open 9.30am-7pm, April-August; February, 9.30am-5pm; March, 9.30am-6pm; September, 9.30am-6pm; October, 9.30am-5pm; November-January, 9.30am-4pm. Location: The Garden is located in the Inverleith district of Edinburgh, one mile north of the city centre. By Public Transport: buses no. 7a, 8, 9, 19, 23, 27, 37 and 39 stop at the East Gate entrance (and at 20A Inverleith Row).
From journal Amazing Edinburgh