Royal Botanic Garden

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Royal Botanic Garden information

Edinburgh , Scotland
Arboretum Pl
+44 131 248 2909
Getting there
Bus: 8, 23, 27
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Opening hours
10am-6pm Mar-Sep, to 5pm Feb & Oct, to 4pm Nov-Jan
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Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden is the second oldest institution of its kind in Britain (after Oxford), and one of the most respected in the world. Founded near Holyrood in 1670 and moved to its present location in 1823, its 70 beautifully landscaped acres include splendid Victorian glasshouses (admission £5.50), colourful swathes of rhododendron and azalea, and a world famous rock garden.

The John Hope Gateway visitor centre is housed in a striking, environmentally-friendly building overlooking the main entrance on Arboretum Pl, and has exhibitions on biodiversity, climate change and sustainable development, as well as displays of rare plants from the institution's collection and a specially created biodiversity garden.