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20 Inverleith Row, Edinburgh,
Scotland, EH3 5LR

0131- 248 - 2909

0131- 552 0382

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Every day except 25th Dec and 1st Jan; Nov - Jan, 10am - 4pm; Feb - Oct, 10am - 6pm; Facilities close 30 mins before garden.

Parties/Coaches: No
Group Appointment: No


House Open for Viewing: No

Some indoor facilities.

National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:

Spring, May, June All year.

To see:

Rhododendrons, Rock garden. Glasshouses.

Admission Prices

Free. Donations welcome. Admission to Glasshouses (including audio tour); Adults £5.50, Concessions £4.50. Under 16s free. Group Rates available (minimum of 10 adults). Please call 0131 248 2909 for details and booking. 

Onsite Facilities
Parking: No
Shop: No
Teas: No
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: No
Plants for Sale: No
Refreshment: No
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: No
Lunches: No
Picnics: No
Special Events: No
Other Facilities & Comments:

On-street parking only. Metered weekdays but free on Sat & Sun. Breakfast available. Glasshouses Regular events and exhibitions.

Garden Features & Events

World famous Rock Garden. Chinese hillside & plants. Range of glasshouses. Herbaceous border. Pond and Woodland Garden. Exhibition Hall & Gallery

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Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Inns & Pubs:
Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

1 mile from Edinburgh City centre

Description of Garden

Established in 1670, on an area the size of a tennis court, the Garden consists now of over 70 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. The amazing Glasshouse Experience comprises ten glasshouses, all with their own fascination. The garden features Britain's tallest palm house, the elegant Temperate Palm House, and its neighbour, the Tropical Palm House. There is an Alpine House and an astonishingly long Herbaceous Border of 165 metres which contrasts with the Winter Garden displaying plants that are at their best at the opposite end of the year.

The magnificent Woodland Gardens and arboretum hold nearly 2,000 specimens generally grouped into major genera and including groves of oak, limes, maples and rowans as well as a conifer collection and major groupings of rhododendrons, magnolias and eucryphias. There is also a Demonstration Garden, a Heath Garden, a Peat Garden, Azalea and Pond lawns, the Pringle Chinese collection and not least the Rock Garden, often considered to be the best in the world, whose diverse habitats and clever cultivation supports more than 5,000 high mountain, arctic and mediterranean species. From its top, magnificent views of Edinburgh can be enjoyed.

History Of Garden

The Tropical Palm House was opened in 1834 and the Temperate Palm House in 1858.

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