A visit to the Royal Botanic Garden

If you enjoy a stroll amongst beautiful blooms and other exotic plants, a nice sunny day at the Royal Botanic Garden. The garden was founded by Drs Robert Sibbald and Andrew Balfour in 1670 at Holyrood Park a scientific centre dedicated to the study of plants, their diversity and conservation, and is now a popular tourist attraction. The garden was moved from its original location in Holyrood Park to its current location in Inverleith in 1820 and extends over 70 acres of land.


The Royal Botanic Garden has expanded since it opened and now includes 3 other sites including the one in Edinburgh: Dawyck (near Peebles in the Scottish Borders), Logan (in Dumfries and Galloway) and Benmore (in Argyll). Across the the 4 sites in Scotland, over 273 000 plant species are grown – this represents around 13 300 different species from all over the world, or about 4% of all known plant species!

It really is a beautiful and peaceful place to walk and just enjoy the view. Residents and visitors alike all flock to the Gardens on a nice sunny day for a bit of mindful appreciation and beautiful scenery.

The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh is open every day except Christmas Day and New Year’s day. Entry is free, but there is an entrance fee if you wish to visit the Glasshouse. You can find more information and their seasonal opening hours on their website here.

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