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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Graceful and exotic urban lung

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These attractive and varied city gardens dominated by mature trees and a huge variety of plants from around the world.

They’re great for lazing around, picnicking or aimless wondering, with plenty of intriguing flora and


sculptures
and even occasional art exhibitions to appreciate.

Areas to look out for include the Chinese Garden with the world’s biggest collection of Asian wild plants outside the continent and the unkempt Scottish native woodland that successfully echoes parts of the Highlands.

The garden glasshouses (entry £5.50) are also impressive, particularly the elegant 1850s Palm House, where palms, ferns, orchids and huge circular water lilies luxuriate in steamy dampness.

If you didn’t enter via the East Gate, be sure to detour there too, since that’s the location of artist Andy Goldsworthy’s striking stainless-steel gate, designed as stylized rhododendrons.

Meanwhile the West Gate has an exhibition hall on the gardens with gift shop and a good café. It’s here that daily guided tours depart (April–Oct 11am & 2pm; £6).


Categories: See & Do: Gardens |
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At A Glance

Address:
20A Inverleith Row
Edinburgh EH3 5LR
Phone:
44 131 552 7171
Price:
free

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