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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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The term "world-renowned" is often over-used, but in the case of this beautiful garden, it doesn't even begin to describe the special nature of this national institution. The Scots have a particular love for gardens, and they have poured all their love for their native and introduced plants into this magnificent garden. Established in the eighteenth century and with more than 70 acres - think of the size of it! - the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh offers the best of northern hemisphere plantings.

The garden is open year-round, so whenever you visit you can view the plots in every phase. Although general entrance is without a fee, the glasshouses (greenhouses, to Americans) require a special cost, although we feel it is well worth it. From April through October there is also a one-hour guided tour, which will make a gardener's visit that much more special. When you've have worn your feet sore (need we say that you should wear sensible shoes?), there is the Gateway Restaurant, Terrace Café and East Gate Coffee Bar to help you restore your strength.

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