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RBGE and John Hope Gateway

RBGE and John Hope GatewayInverleith Row
Arboretum Place
Telephone: 0131 552 2674


The Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh and the John Hope Gateway

There are a whopping 70 acres of amazing gardens here to explore, including (but not limited to) the Scottish Heath Garden, the 5,000 strong Rock Garden, the Herbaceous Border with 100 year old beech hedge, and the Queen mother's Memorial Garden.

Indoor elements include the Victorian Temperate Palm House and the Windows On The World glass house, plus the Hope centre itself.

A great place for a family ramble or picking up conkers by the bagful! Plus pick up a bag of sunflower seeds from the nearby John Hope Gateway entrance and you can usually entice some of the hundreds of gorgeous little squirrels to come and take it from you or at least from very nearby.

The John Hope Gateway is also where you can go to examine your findings under some public access microscopes! A really cool and fascinating addition to the park day.

There are several refreshment options: the Gateway Restaurant, East Gate Coffee Bar and Terrace Cafe are all on hand for refuelling the family, plus the Botanical Shop is there for all that pesky pocket money you're dragging around. Helpful!

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It may be worth checking out RBGE and John Hope Gateway's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.


We do strongly suggest you contact RBGE and John Hope Gateway before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.

Opening Times

2016 Details:

November - January:
10.00am - 4.00pm

February - October:
10.00am - 5.00pm

March - September:
10.00am - 6.00pm

Prices & Admission

2016 Prices:

Admission to the garden and gateway is free!


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RBGE and John Hope GatewayInverleith Row
Arboretum Place
Telephone: 0131 552 2674