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“Christmas Lights”

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
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US$ 468.55*
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Ranked #19 of 395 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Botanics offers visitors peace and tranquility amongst its stunning 72 acres in Edinburgh city centre. Founded in 1670, the Garden is acknowledged to be one of the finest in the world.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 6 April 2018

We enjoyed our evening going round looking at the lights. Our favourites were the walk of fire, the jewelled phoenix, the long hedge of white lights, the mistletoe/red hearts & the singing trees. Actors told the story of Jack Frost & the youngsters were enchanted when Santa appeared. We also enjoyed looking at the shop although we didn't eat anything on site. It was quite expensive unless you look at it from the point of view that the Gardens are a charity & income is ploughed back in. It's also much smaller than the Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry, however it definitely got us into the Christmas spirit & was much calmer than hectic Princes St. The other confusing part was that if you bought tickets in advance you had decide whether you're approaching by bus or car as each go in at separate gates. We're from outside Edinburgh & had no idea what parking would be like on a Sat in December, so we took the bus.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Hopped off the bus at this attraction. There was a 2 for 1 offer on the bus ticket to enter the glasshouses, well worth it. The glasshouses were really interesting to see. A lovely way to spend a morning.

Thank Jo F
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Located slightly north of the city centre, the large botanical garden, free of charge, is well worth a visit. If you want to visit the glass houses you pay a fee but the rest of the amazing garden is no charge. The visitor centre has bathrooms, a gift and plant shop and a cafeteria.

The garden has a wide variety of plants from all around the world, displayed in different sections and height variations. Many of the rhododendrons were already in bloom (April 1st) and I saw a squirrel and many small birds sang beautifully. It was simply a great day and I can highly recommend a visit to anyone interested in plants or just for a relaxing stroll around the garden.

Thank mikoMS
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

This is a world-class botanical garden, admission free. It's a beautiful (and large) space to stroll about in, with wonderful trees and fascinating plants. If you make your way up to the high ground, you'll find a splendid and unexpected view of the city of Edinburgh. There is a charge to visit the glasshouses, and it's worth the money. They house some really interesting collections, mostly representing ongoing international research projects, which are well explained on frequent display panels. There's one tree, and one house, which have survived from the garden's pre-1820 site off Leith Walk. Thjere's a good cafe and a nice restaurant, and a shop. This definitely deserves a visit. On our latest visit, they loaned us a couple of hand lenses and we got guided by two experts on a tour of some of the smallest things in the garden: fascinating lichens.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Peaceful and nice! We loved this part of the city, we walked for hours in the gardens, huge number of plants and trees, we had a great walk, definitely one of the highlights of our trip to Edinburgh.

Thank Alexia M
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