Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The Botanics captures the imagination of everyone who visits and is world renowned for its horticultural excellence. Over 70 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds provide a tranquil haven just one mile from the city centre.


The Botanics has a restaurant and café, both serving a range of food and drink. There is an exhibition centre, shop and bathroom facilities in the main building.


Nearest Railway Station

Edinburgh Waverley

Arriving by Foot

The walking route goes through a bustling part of town but soon leads to quieter streets nearer the Gardens. It starts from Waverley Station then heads up to St Andrews Square, which is a pleasant green space in the town centre with a tram stop and a good range of shops. The route follows the tram lines along York Place then left into Broughton Street and a straight wide road down to Canonmills. This leads onto Inverleith Row with the eastern entrance to the Royal Botanic gardens about mid-way along on the left.

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Arriving by Bike

A pleasant cycle route using National Cycle Route 75 and Local Cycle Route 20. A section of the route is along an old railway line path beside the Water of Leith. Unfortunately there is no quiet route from outside Waverley Station and so the first 400 metres requires walking your bike along the pavements of Princes Street and South St Andrew Street.

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Nearest cycle parking

There are cycle racks at both entrances to the Royal Botanic Gardens. This route arrives at the western entrance to the Gardens.

Cycle carriage on trains

The city buses, Lothian Buses, have no facility for cycle carriage but the distance from Waverley Station in the city centre to the Gardens is less than 2 miles.

Edinburgh Waverley is served by local, regional, and intercity ScotRail trains which usually have four cycle spaces. Some electric trains have no or only two spaces but allow cycles to be stored in the doorways (on the right side of the train). Bicycles do not require reservations on ScotRail services to Waverley except for trains from Inverness and Aberdeen. Bicycle reservations for these services can be made by contacting ScotRail telesales on 0330 303 0111 or visiting a station ticket office. Full details are contained in the ScotRail Connections Guide.

Waverley is also served by long-distance trains operated by CrossCountry, TransPennine Express, Virgin Trains East Coast, and Virgin Trains West Coast. These operators carry between two and six bicycles and require a reservation, which can be made by contacting the train company or visiting a ticket office.

Arriving by Bus

Lothian Buses: 8, 23, 27

Directions to the Bus Stop

Route 8 leaves from North Bridge. Exit Waverley Station using the Princes Street exit, turn right, and then right again at North Bridge. The bus stop is s short distance up North Bridge.

Routes 23 & 27 leave from the Mound. Exit Waverley Station using the north ramp to Waverley Bridge. Cross at the signal crossing and walk through Princes Street Gardens to the National Gallery Complex on the Mound. On the other side of the National Gallery, cross the road and catch the bus from the stop on the other side.

This information was believed to be correct at the date of publication of this website, 23 June 2015. We would encourage users of the site to check the public transport information presented above before setting off.