IMPORTANT: We know now may not be the time to travel given the global pandemic. Why not have a read, do a little armchair travel, and plan for the future?
NOTE: Posts may contain links to products and services that I recommend, which I may make a commission from.

Is The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Worth Seeing in the Summer?

Hole in the Hedge Wall at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Is the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh worth visiting if you're in Scotland for EdFringe? We set out to find a daytime diversion during our summer visit to Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival in August of 2017. 

Is the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Free?

The Royal Botanic Garden is an ideal summer activity in Edinburgh because it's a mostly free attraction. You can walk around the grounds to your heart's content without paying a pound. However, admission to the Victorian glasshouses costs £6.50. 

The Gnarled Trees of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Gnarled trees on a free visit to Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
It was a sunny summer day when we visited the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh so we decided to simply walk around for free. You could tell that the garden had been around for a long time based on the girth and degree of gnarl in the trees.
Gnarled trees on a free visit to Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Modern Art in a Victorian Setting at Inverleith House Gallery

Inverleith House Gallery at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
We strolled through the gardens and arrived at Inverleith House Gallery. We popped inside the three story stone mansion and discovered a modern art installation inside featuring Turkish evil eyes laying in various orientations on the floor.
Turkish evil eye art exhibit in Inverleith House at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Victorian-era and Modern Greenhouses

Glasshouses at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Moving on, we walked past various Victorian-era and modern greenhouses but decided that they were prettier from the outside in the sunshine rather than paying the admission fee. The glasshouses at Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden added great atmosphere to the park. It was almost like taking a step back in time.
Glasshouses at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Edinburgh's Walled Flower Gardens

Garden walled by a giant hedge at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh featured a walled-garden. What made this garden unique was that the wall was made out of a giant hedge trimmed to a uniform height. Riotous colored flowers formed a border outside the wall. 
Glasshouse viewed through the giant hedge at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Peeking through, I could see one of the glasshouses framed from the hedge. So pretty.
Leaves with dew at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
I enjoyed getting up close to the plantings surrounding the great wall. The gardeners at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh really do a fantastic job landscaping the place.
White flowers at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Red flowers at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Curious Scottish Squirrels

Squirrel at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Some things are the same everywhere. If there is a park, there is a curious squirrel to go with it (remember the squirrel that we met in Łazienki Park in Warsaw?). As we wandered around the quiet green paths, this little fellow seemed to be begging us for a nut. Alas, they had to go foraging on their own since I was out of snacks.

Is the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh Worth Visiting?

Yes. The Royal Botanic Garden is easily accessible by public transportation. If you find yourself idle on a summer day with the sun shining, spend the afternoon taking a mindful walk around the park. The Royal Botanic Garden is a great daytime diversion from the Fringe.

For other ideas of things to do during the day if you're in Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival see:

Did you enjoy this post? Sharing is caring...

Is The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Worth Visiting? A Daytime Diversion from the Fringe

#DrJSabbatical,40,Adriatics,4,Africa,13,Americas,56,Argentina,7,Asia,42,Asia Pacific,25,AUNZ,21,Australia,13,Austria,6,Baltics,5,Barcelona,1,Belfast,1,Belgium,11,Berlin,3,Best of,329,Beyond Dublin,31,Big Island,2,Bologna,3,Boston,2,Brazil,1,Bruges,2,Brussels,2,Bucharest,2,Budapest,2,Buffalo,3,Bulgaria,2,California,17,Cambodia,6,Canary Islands,2,Canterbury,2,Cape Town,1,Cardiff,1,Central Europe,49,Chile,7,China,6,Christmas Market,4,Copenhagen,1,Cork,3,Costa Brava,3,Costa Rica,2,Croatia,1,Cyprus,1,Czech Republic,2,Denmark,2,Dresden,1,Dublin,61,Dublin_Archive,5,Dusseldorf,1,Eastern Europe,21,Edinburgh,3,El Calafate,1,England,17,Essen,1,Estonia,1,Europe,164,Europe_Archive,4,Faversham,1,Featured,5,Financial District,2,Finland,3,Fisherman's Wharf,1,Flanders,1,Florida,3,Food,1,France,17,Frankfurt,1,Galway,2,Gdansk,1,Georgian Dublin,1,Germany,19,Girona,1,Granada,1,Greece,2,Greece and Cyprus,3,Guest Posts,1,Hamburg,1,Hangzhou,1,Hanoi,3,Hawaii,2,HCMC,2,Helsinki,1,Ho Chi Minh City,2,Hobart,1,Hoi An,2,Hungary,1,Hurling,1,Hyderabad,2,Iceland,4,India,5,Ireland,99,Ireland Road Trips,16,Ireland_Archive,5,Italy,14,Itinerary,3,Jackson Square,1,Japan,13,Kaunas,1,Kilkenny,1,Kuala Lumpur,1,Kyoto,1,Languedoc,2,Lanzarote,2,Latvia,2,Leipzig,1,Liechtenstein,1,Lima,1,Limerick,1,Lithuania,2,Ljubljana,1,Lloret de Mar,1,London,8,Los Angeles,2,Louisiana,1,Lucerne,1,Luxembourg,2,Machu Picchu,1,Madeira,3,Malaga,1,Malaysia,1,Malta,1,Marrakech,1,Marrakesh,1,Massachusetts,2,Med,54,Mendoza,1,Menton,1,Miami,1,Modena,2,Montpellier,1,Morocco,1,Muenster,1,Munich,1,NA_Archive,1,Naples,1,Netherlands,2,New Orleans,1,New York,7,New Zealand,8,Nice,2,Noe Valley,1,Nordics,12,Norrkoping,1,North America,56,North Beach,1,Northern Ireland,2,Nuremberg,2,Oakland,1,Ollantaytambo,1,Osaka,1,Outer Sunset,1,Palafrugell,1,Panama,1,Paris,1,Parma,2,Patagonia,3,Pennsylvania,6,Perth,1,Peru,5,Philadelphia,1,Pingyao,1,Piran,1,Pittsburgh,5,Poland,10,Porto,1,Portugal,6,Potrero Hill,1,Prague,1,Puerto Natales,2,Punta Arenas,1,Queensland,1,Recent,23,Regensburg,1,Reykjavik,1,Riga,1,Rio de Janeiro,1,Rochester,1,Romania,3,Rotterdam,1,Rovinj,1,Russia,2,San Francisco,10,San Sebastian,1,Santiago,1,Scandinavia,4,Scotland,5,Seattle,3,Segovia,1,Seoul,2,SF - Further Afield,14,SF_Archive,1,Sicily,3,Siem Reap,2,Singapore,2,Sligo,3,Slovakia,1,Slovenia,2,South Africa,2,South America,18,South Beach,1,South Korea,2,Spain,17,St. Petersburg,2,Stockholm,2,Strasbourg,1,Stuttgart,1,Sweden,3,Switzerland,10,Sydney,3,Taipei,2,Taiwan,3,Tallinn,1,Tasmania,4,TBEX,1,Telegraph Hill,1,Temple Bar,1,Texas,3,Thailand,1,Thames Festival,1,The Mission,1,ThisIsAthens,1,Tipperary,1,Tokyo,2,Torres del Paine,1,Transylvania,1,Trieste,1,Uganda,10,UK,28,Union Square,2,United States,56,Uruguay,1,Valparaiso,1,Vietnam,9,Vilnius,1,Wales,2,Warsaw,2,Washington,3,Western Australia,1,Westfield,1,Whitsundays,1,Wicklow,2,Wroclaw,1,WWI,1,Xi'an,2,Zurich,5,
Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog: Is The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Worth Seeing in the Summer?
Is The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Worth Seeing in the Summer?
Find out if the Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden is worth visiting for a daytime walk. A photo-rich post by travel blogger, Jennifer (aka Dr. J) from Sidewalk Safari.
Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Read more Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share to a social network STEP 2: Click the link on your social network Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy Table of Content