Founded in 1670, the RBGE is located approx. one and a half miles north of Princes Street. It is one of four gardens making up the Royal Botanic Gardens. Together, all four cultivate a world-leading number of more than 15,000 plant species. The Edinburgh Garden is home to flora from all over the world, and its ten glasshouses each cover different climate zones from the tropically humid to the aridly dry, offering the various exotic exemplars the perfect environment to grow. It also comprises the largest number of wild-origin Chinese plants outside China and the world-famous Rock Garden which has been designed for alpine species. You should see the inspiring Fruit Garden and the areas in which vegetables and corn are grown. On top of that, you can find Britain’s biggest plant fossil there.
Theoretically, you could spend a whole day exploring the Garden, so it is perfect to have three cafés for refreshment where you can get snacks, hot dishes, and something to drink.
A map of the Garden costs £1, but there are information panels spread across the area, so I think it’s not worth buying it. There is an entrance fee of £6.50 for the glasshouses, but if you want to see the exotic species, you should go for it!