REVIEW – Glasshouses at the Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh


One of the entrances, the Palm House

It’s well worth exploring the Glasshouses for the modest fee charged

We love the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh and visit every week and in all weathers.  The gardens are free to enjoy, but there is a charge for the Glasshouses.  With a spring in our step as the sun was shining and blue skies galore, we headed down to explore this feature of the gardens. 

We entered via the Palm House (pictured) and paid our admission charge.  The Palm House itself is free to enter, so step inside and have a look to get a feel what the rest of the Glasshouses are like.  The desired temperature in here is 11 – 17ºC but different Glasshouses are as warm as 25ºC with 95% humidity. 

Spend your time wandering around each of the Glasshouses and learn about the plants contained within by using the information boards.  There are also maps showing you the directions around the 10 Glasshouses. 

We are far from calling ourselves Botanists, nut if you want to know about the all the plants in the Glasshouse before visiting, make sure you read the relevant section on the website.  We recommend paying the modest fee and visiting the Glasshouses as you get the privilege of viewing all kinds of ferns, rain forest species, orchids and tropical plant life that you would otherwise have to travel a long way to see! 

This pond features giant water lillies in the summer

The all important cocoa plant

Cactus, one of many species inside

Gorgeous flowers

An indoor waterfall

A different world

 Opening hours: Summer (March – October) from 10am, last admission 5pm.  Winter (November – February) open from 10am, last admission 3pm. 

Cost: £4 for adults, £3 concession and for children 5-14, it costs £1.  Under 5’s are free and a family ticket is £8 and allows 2 adults and up to 4 children admission. 

RBGE members are admitted for free. 

Suitable for disabled?  Yes the links throughout the glasshouses are all wheelchair friendly and there is a ramp for general access. 

Reflections of the roof in one of the ponds

Wonderful flowers

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