RBGE and John Hope Gateway | Day Out With The Kids

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RBGE and John Hope Gateway

  • Edinburgh
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Attraction Information

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!

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

Pricing

Free admission

Travel & Contact Information

Address

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

Phone number

0131 552 2674

Map

Website

Click here to visit RBGE and John Hope Gateway's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking nearby.

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.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

Yes, RBGE and John Hope Gateway is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

RBGE and John Hope Gateway has not told us if they are fully pushchair friendly.

Assistance/Guide Dogs only

Additional Info

Weather

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

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