The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, Scotland is a beautiful place.
It is just one mile from the city center of Edinburgh. It is a peaceful place situated on 72 acres of stunning scenery. Admission to the Garden is free. It is open all year and hosts many programs and events, guided tours and exhibitions.
The Garden was founded in 1670 and is filled with many different areas to explore outdoors. There are also indoor Glasshouses filled with many different ecosystems. The Botanic Garden is home to Britain's tallest Palm House and an award-winning art gallery in the Inverleith House.
Outdoors there is an area of giant Redwood trees in the Woodland Garden, an award-winning Rock Garden area which is home to 5,000 alpine plants which has a beautiful herbaceous border, a Chinese Hillside garden, and the Queen Mother Memorial Garden. There are so many areas to explore and so many plants, one could easily spend the entire day here.
Two additional places at the Garden I must mention are: The Botanics Shop and The Terrace Cafe. We ate at The Terrace Cafe and the food was reasonably priced and tasty. The Botanics shop is situated by the entry/exit and has a large selection of gifts, souvenirs and plants. There is also a restaurant called The Gateway Restaurant in the main building that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and The East Gate Coffee Bar.
The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh was one of our favorite attractions we visited during our Great Britain tour. We wish we could have stayed longer. If you visit Edinburgh, make sure you put it on your must-do list.
Travel tip shared by Elaine Massey