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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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Address: The Garden, Edinburgh EH3 5LR, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-131-552-7171
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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The Botanics offers visitors peace and tranquility amongst its stunning 72...

The Botanics offers visitors peace and tranquility amongst its stunning 72 acres in Edinburgh city centre. Founded in 1670, the Garden is acknowledged to be one of the finest in the world.

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I work near here and enjoy walking through the gardens. It only takes a morning or afternoon to see most of the gardens. There are some interesting hot houses they charge an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I work near here and enjoy walking through the gardens. It only takes a morning or afternoon to see most of the gardens. There are some interesting hot houses they charge an entrance fee, it's worth paying to have a look round. There are 2 cafes & one restaurant for eats. During the summer there is a ice cream van... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I am a big fan of the gardens over the years. It is a very big garden do you can spend a whole day walking around looking for tranquillity, time to think. Myself I prefer a few hours of walking until my feet work. There are lots of plants, and a few streams to see but no peppers (unlike at... More 

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went into the gardens expecting to have to pay lots but entrance is free and only £5.50 into the glasshouses which is well worth it. Lots to see and learn, very beautiful plants.

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Thank Jessie W
San Diego, California, United States
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20 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Because of the vast glasshouses, visiting year-round is recommended. The glasshouse is partitioned into many different climates and each shows mature plants grown to their full potential. There is a full-sized lily pond where are grown the giant tropical lily pads that reach over a meter across. For tropicals, this place is #1 on my list, followed only by the... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Such a beautiful walk, the grounds are kept to a high standard. Have been lucky enough to visit when it's dry. Will always visit again.

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United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I needed some inspiration for our own garden and had a very pleasant afternoon looking at the trees planted in the garden. I then spent a long time in the shop- particularly in the great book section. I bought some seeds as well as double flowing galanthus as a thank you present. The cafe upstairs is beautifully decorated and I... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Always worth a visit. Wide variety of plants, trees, flowers, all beautifully kept. Plenty places to sit about. Well stocked gift shop.

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Bramming, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not an average bothanic garden. This place is beautiful, and especially the greenhouses are amazing. It's a quiet place in the city, and you can stroll around in here for hours. The garden has a big information center with a restaurant, cafe, exhibitions, shop and toilets, and it is free of charge to visit the garden - admission... More 

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Scotland
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146 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful quiet oasis close to city centre. The beautiful gardens have lots of interesting and colourful trees, shrubs and flowers. There is a lovely cafe and also glasshouses which provide shelter from the unpredictable Scottish weather

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really big, clear and gorgeous. Will definitely go again and again. The different areas and everything make it the most amazing place to visit. Worth every visit. Free to enter

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Stockbridge & Dean Village
Just downhill of New Town and attractively straddling a river near the elegant Royal Botanic Garden, it’s small wonder that Stockbridge became one of the city’s first hip neighborhoods. It’s now one of Edinburgh’s most desirable, though many bohemian touches have fallen away as its residents have matured and the area has gentrified. Some second-hand shops cling on, but mostly residents display refined tastes in basement bistros, gastropubs, coffee and antique shops, boutiques and delis and at the Sunday farmers' market. A pleasant ten-minute walk away, along a leafy riverside path beside the gurgling Water of Leith, lies Dean Village. This sleepy neighborhood of medieval half-timbered houses still retains much of the village feel it had when watermills plied their trade here. Beyond, the wooded riverside path feels even more remote as it climbs to the sculpture gardens of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
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