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Royal Botanic Garden

The Garden | 20A Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR, Scotland (Stockbridge)
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Ranked #7 of 204 attractions in Edinburgh
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Type: Gardens
Activities: Picnicking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Traveler Description: The Royal Botanic Garden is about 2kms north of Princes Street. It is super and free although entry into the glasshouses is liable to be charged for... more »
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Belfast, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Lovely place to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city centre. But probably only nice on a nice day!

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

This has to be best botanic garden I've visited (and I've done all the major UK ones). And it's free* Really well laid out for both people who are knowledgable about plants, or for people who just enjoy a "walk in the park". But it's not just any old park. Every tree/plant/shrub/etc. is perfectly labelled and really well maintained. Well... More

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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

A very pretty location with plenty to see. Gets you away from the hoards. The cafe allows great views but service was very slow. Worth a vist.

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Los Angeles, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This has so many lovely distinct gardens, so much to see, and a beautiful way to spend a sunny Edinburgh day. Be sure to visit the glasshouses for extra special exotic plants.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Didn't spend too much time in the gardens but what we did see was very pretty. Particularly liked the little bridges, the Chinese gardens and the bright flower beds. Lots of benches to sit and admire the surroundings. Would advise getting a bus there or back.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We stopped here as part of the hop on hop off bus tour. Entry was free so it was worth having a wonder around the beautiful gardens. Apparently these gardens have the biggest variety of Chinese plant species outside of China. Also managed to catch a glimpse of a cheeky little squirrel that was enjoying the summer weather - refer... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Unbeatable for texture, color and fragrance. A new delight around every corner.--roses, medicinals, poppies, wild flowers, magnificent trees. Impeccably kept. A must in Edinburgh!

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The glasshouses are beautiful everyone is really friendly the gardens and grounds are perfect just don't rush your visit

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Cascade, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Loved the flowers of June....we were especially wanting to find the blue Himalayan poppies and the person at the entrance told us exactly where they were. It was a great walk and beautiful flowers abounded. Don't forget to go to the Queen Mother's garden. Very delightful. Lots of walking involved but lots of places to sit if needed.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

This is one of the finest botanic gardens I have seen. What it lacks in exotica is made up by the interest and variety of the grounds, from the Queen Mother's memorial garden to the demonstration gardens maintained by school children. Such natural beauty is a wonder to behold. The gardens are quite large, so allow time for a leisurely... More

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