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“Definitely one not to miss” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
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Ranked #8 of 336 things to do in Edinburgh
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Definitely one not to miss”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

This is a haven in the middle of a busy City. What a great place for some quality 'time out'. There is a restaurant upstairs if you need some food or a cuppa on arrival but otherwise there are a couple of coffee shops out in the grounds which I would recommend. The is access to motorised wheel chairs if required and well maintained paths throughout. Worth a trip to the information desk on arrival if you are interested on a guide to what shrubs or trees in the park but otherwise you will not need a guide to make your way around. They do have them but we found it nice to simply wonder. Not much to see in the winter but having been in the spring previously when we were blessed with colour.

Visited December 2012
Thank Roger H
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Zonnebeke, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

When we visited the royal botanic garden it was rather cold, but we visited the green houses and it was warm in there. The flowers are really beautiful and the actual garden is also very nice. Make sure you bring some nuts for the squirrels, because they really like them.

Visited February 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great time to yourself”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

The gardens are a great place to relax and unwind. Such a big place, you can find that quiet space and be alone with your thoughts.

Visited August 2012
Thank Liam_Edin
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Mixed Feelings”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

I went here with some friends from abroad, who were visiting Edinburgh, so I decided to take them along to our famous gardens. As my title states I have mixed feelings on the Botanics. On a positive note the actual gardens are quite wonderful, a lovely walk with an incredible selection of plants and beautiful bespoke seperate viewing areas. The information on all the flora and trees is also easily informative, so from this perspective it was a nice experience which we all enjoyed.

The negative is the cafe service. On first impressions it looked interesting, fresh and the decor in keeping with the plant life theme. However, the staff here are vacant, rude and unwelcoming. The food itself was average, but my main embarrassment was with the lacklustre approach from the staff. They made my party feel awkward, the dishes the food came in hadn't been washed properly, one of our drink glasses had a crack near completely around the top rim. And the staff just didn't seem interested.

Please Botanics, teach your staff how to smile and serve. It's such a lovely Botanics, such a shame your staff detract from this. An embarrassed local!

Visited February 2013
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“A walk in the park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Despite January being a bit on the cool side and non too many of the plants were in full dress, my wife and I had a very pleasant walk around followed by excellent coffee in the restaurant

Visited January 2013
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