Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (Edinburgh) Reviews
Description:The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is both a scientific institution and a tourist attraction. It was originally founded ... more
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (Edinburgh) ... in 1670 as a physic garden to grow medicinal plants. Today it occupies four sites across Scotland – Edinburgh, Dawyck, Logan and Benmore – each with its own specialist collection. The Edinburgh botanic garden was founded in 1670 at St. Anne's Yard, near to Holyrood Palace, by Dr. Robert Sibbald and Dr. Andrew Balfour. It is the second oldest botanic garden in Britain after Oxford's. In 1763, the garden's collections were moved away from the city's pollution to a site on the road to Leith, and the garden moved to its present location at Inverleith in 1820. The Temperate Palm House, which remains the tallest in Britain to the present day, was built in 1858.
Newest Review: ... is a group of Victorian glass houses which contain a variety of different tropical trees, plants and flowers. There is an optional donation of £3/£1.50 adults/concs (it doesn't cost anything to get into the gardens anyway). You are not under any pressure to give the donation, but the houses do cost a lot to maintain , so i would recommend that you give them at least something if you can ... more
Customer Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (Edinburgh) Reviews (1)
by - written on 15/11/00, updated on 15/03/01 (Useful, 44 readings)
I have recently rediscovered the botanics and found it to one of the best places in Edinburgh to just chill out and be calm - not being a particularly calm person myself. The atmosphere there is very tranquil, lots of kids, but because it's so big you don't feel as interrupted by their noise as you would in a museum, for example. PLEASE shut up!, oops, got caught giving the parent a withering look! I too used to go there with my mother as a very young child, and loved feeding the squirrels, watching the ducks and picking the heads off the flowers! I try not to do that anymore! In the centre of the gardens is a group of Victorian glass houses ... Read the complete review
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