Royal Botanic Gardens

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Mary Porcher on July 26, 2002

Today was so much better than I could have imagined! Scotland is known for overcast skies and daily light showers, but today was full of sunshine and blue skies. Because it was such a nice day, we chose the longest of four walks that would take us to the gardens. The Cadogan Edinburgh guide did very well in picking the route. We walked a path that ran along the waters of Leith, and there were very few people around. Even though we were still in the city, we could only hear birds and the flowing water. There were trees everywhere, along with bridges and views of the old city buildings.

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).

Royal Botanic Garden
20A Inverleith Row
Edinburgh, Scotland, EH3 5LR
+44 131 552 7171

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