Thirty acres crammed full of plants and trees from all over the world. The gardens, or as they are known by the locals- the botanics, has been collecting plants since 1670. And although it is world renowned for plant science, it is a great place to escape the noise of the city centre.
It is certainly does not feel like it is less than one mile from Princes Street, although the great views of the castle and Arthur’s Seat don’t let you forget the fact. If the weather is good I recommend a walk up to Inverleith House, in the centre of the gardens, where you will find the best views of the city and a great coffee shop. If the weather is not so good, there are a number of glasshouses to visit.
The most impressive and oldest, the Tropical Palm House, which is just as impressive inside as it is out. If you have a particular interest in the plant collection there are two tours each day during the summer. Whatever your interest in visiting the gardens, be prepared to lose a few hours in one of the best green spaces in the city.
Note: the glasshouses are open till 17:00.