Natural Meets Architectural: Discover Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

Founded in the seventeenth century and covering seventy acres, Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens boast a living collection of more than 13,000 plant species – together with a world-renowned centre for plant science and education.

Originally established as a physic garden, the Royal Botanic Gardens now include four individual gardens – ‘Edinburgh’, ‘Benmore’, ‘Dawyck’ and ‘Logan’ – and are the second oldest in Britain after those in Oxford, England. The Gardens’ beautifully landscaped spaces can be found just off Arboretum Place, about a mile north of the city.

Despite the thousands of plants found in the Gardens, the collection – amazingly – represents only 4% of known plant species. Entrance is free, but a small charge is in place for entry to the glasshouses, which include tropical and more exotic varieties. The visitor centre – designed by the renowned Edward Cullinan Architects – includes a shop, exhibition space, nursery and restaurant.


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