Royal Botanic Garden

A monumental and ornamental glass house containing exotic plants

Whether you know us as the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, the National Botanic Gardens of Scotland, or simply as 'The Botanics', this site is a gateway to our science, our horticulture, our education and exhibition programmes, and much much more. Our mission is to explore and explain the world of plants. Share our vision. Explore and enjoy.

Venue Type:

Science centre, Environmental or ecological centre, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

The Garden is open daily (except 25 December and 1 January).
Garden & Gateway opening hours :
November to January: 10am - 4pm
February and October: 10am - 5pm
March to September: 10am - 6pm

Glasshouses close:
November to January: 3.30pm (last admission 3pm)
February and October: 4.30pm (last admission 4pm)
March to September: 5.30pm (last admission 5pm)
In the event of severe weather the Garden may be closed at short notice. Please phone ahead for further details.

Admission charges

Admission to the Garden is free.
Glasshouse admission Adult* £5, Concession* £4, Child (15 and under) Free**, Essential Carers Free.
RBGE Members admitted free of charge.

RBGE's Library is Scotland's national reference collection for specialist botanical and horticultural resources, and is one of Scotland's largest research libraries. The Library welcomes visitors and information on our Opening Hours, Getting Here and Planning Your Visit can be found on

It has been built up to support the specific subject fields researched and taught at RBGE - Garden staff and students are its main users, along with visiting researchers.

Items from this collection

Royal Botanic Garden
20A Inverleith Row



General & visitor information

Adult & schools education, and events


0131 552 7171


0131 248 2901

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