Royal Botanic Garden

Royal Botanic Garden
Arboretum Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR
  • Telephone 0131 248 2909
  • Seasonal times 1 Mar–30 Sep: 10am–6pm; Feb & Oct: 10am–5pm; 1 Nov–31 Jan: 10am–4pm but individual events may vary.
  • Admission Free; glasshouse entry £4.50 (£3.50; children £1; family £9).
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  • Website www.rbge.org.uk
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Just one mile from the city centre, this idyllic oasis of greenery covers over 70 acres and features horticultural specimens from around the world. Among these, the Scottish Heath Garden and the Rock Garden are fantastic examples of conservation and exhibition. Tremendously popular with everyone from young families out for a stroll to pensioners taking the air, the Botanics has several attractions including Inverleith House, an 18th century building which is now home to one of the city's leading art galleries; the majestic glasshouses, that allow visitors to explore ten distinct climactic zones; and the John Hope Gateway, a state-of-the-art biodiversity and information centre completed in 2009. The Terrace café and Gateway Restaurant serve hot and cold food daily. Several function rooms and halls are available to hire for private events. The Botanics also hosts various arts events, including selections from the International Science Festival and the Festival Fringe.

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Edinburgh Shoreline – Free

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh During the Shoreline project, locals have been exploring the heritage of Edinburgh’s coast. Edinburgh Shoreline exhibition was co-created with communities to celebrate Edinburgh’s relationship with the sea and provide aspirations for its role in the future.

Mon 30 Jul

John Hope Gateway - Ground Floor

Free / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 31 Jul

John Hope Gateway - Ground Floor

Free / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 1 Aug

John Hope Gateway - Ground Floor

Free / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 32 more dates until 2 Sep

The Lost Words

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Taking the form of both an exhibition and a book, The Lost Words celebrates the relationship between language and the living world, and of nature’s power to spark the imagination. Exhibition organised by Compton Verney.

Mon 30 Jul

Inverleith House

Free / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 31 Jul

Inverleith House

Free / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 1 Aug

Inverleith House

Free / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 32 more dates until 2 Sep

#Pianodrome Live

Sound Mirror Brilliant multi-instrumentalists S!nk host a nightly cornucopia of new music, movement and more in the world's first ever #Pianodrome. This bespoke 100-seater amphitheatre made entirely out of upcycled pianos appears, serendipitously, under a geodesic canopy in the verdant tranquility of Edinburgh's Royal…

Wed 1 Aug

Pianodrome

£10 / 0131 248 2909

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 2 Aug

Pianodrome

£10 / 0131 248 2909

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 3 Aug

Pianodrome

£15 (£12) / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 17 more dates until 26 Aug

Shhh… The Elves Are Very Shy

Ipdip Theatre …and elfologist Dr Faye Greenwood is here to tell us why – and how you can help. Can her two tiny friends be encouraged to come out and say hi? And can you spot the evidence of elf activity all around us? A small scale show for the smallest of audience members and their families. Multi-sensory, musical…

Sun 5 Aug

Patrick Geddes Room

£5 / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 7 Aug

Patrick Geddes Room

£5 / 0131 248 2909

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 8 Aug

Patrick Geddes Room

£5 / 0131 248 2909

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 16 more dates until 26 Aug

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