RBGE and John Hope Gateway | Day Out With The Kids

RBGE and John Hope Gateway

Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian, Scotland

Attraction Information

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Ages: all ages

Venue type: Indoor and Outdoor

At 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!


  • Restaurant Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Snacks Available
  • Picnics Picnics Allowed
  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Baby Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Disabled Toilets Available
  • Wheelchair Wheelchair Friendly
  • Parking Parking Available Nearby

Getting There and Contact Information


Inverleith Row, Arboretum Place, Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian, EH3 5LR, Scotland


Click here to visit RBGE and John Hope Gateway's website
0131 552 2674

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

November - January
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

February - October
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

March - September
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 18:00


Free admission

More Information

Weather policy

In the event of severe weather the Garden may be closed at short notice.

Pets allowed

Assistance/Guide Dogs only

Parking facilities

Extensive parking is available around the perimeter of the Garden and on adjacent side streets. Parking is free at weekends and evenings, but is metered Mondays to Fridays.