Places to explore
The Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is one of the world’s leading Botanic Gardens.
Visitors can discover its fascinating history dating back over 300 years, learn about its plantings and walk around 70 acres of beautiful landscape just a mile from the city centre.
The Garden is breathtaking at any time of the year, whether you favour the majestic trees of the Arboretum, the world famous Rock Garden or the serenity of the Queen Mother’s Memorial Garden.
Visit Inverleith House, an internationally renowned contemporary art gallery.
The Garden’s 10 magnificent Glasshouses have different climatic zones, from steamy tropics to arid desert and are home to over 3,000 exotic plants from all over the world.
Daily Garden Guided Tours at 11 am and 2.00 pm (April to October). Terrace café, East Lodge Coffee Bar, Gateway Restaurant. Botanical Shop and plant sales. Garden open daily ( except 1 January and 25 December) at 10 am.
Garden admission is free but charges to Glasshouses apply.
Tel 0132 248 2909
Inverleith Park is a major public park, managed by the City of Edinburgh, a little North from the city centre.
The park with its 3 football, 4 rugby and 6 seven-a-side pitches, a cricket square, petanque area, and a children’s play area, hosts some 400 events each year.
It also has good views of Edinburgh Castle, making it a popular family viewing point for the Edinburgh Festival fireworks and the Seven Hills Fireworks at Hogmanay.
It’s big enough to also accommodate allotments for gardeners, a large pond with a landscaped “marsh” area, a secluded Sundial Garden (the sundial dated 1890), and an arts access centre “Four Winds.” It’s also a popular place for walking the dog, jogging, or quiet walks.