Royal Botanic Garden EdinburghFree: All time

Located on one mile from city center, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh offers 72 acres of greeneries. The garden was founded in 1670, originally as a physic garden to grow medicinal plants. Today, the collection grows to nearly 273,000 individual plants representing around 13,300 different species from all over the world. There’s a fee to visit the glasshouses but entry to the Royal Botanic Garden itself is free.

Address: Arboretum Pl, Edinburgh EH3 5NY
Opening hours: Daily 10am – 4pm (Nov – Jan), 10am – 5pm (Feb & Oct), 10am – 6pm (Mar – Sep); Closed on 25 Dec and 1 Jan
Direction: Bus No 8, 23 or 27 to East Gate on Inverleith Row Station
Phone: +44 131 248 2909

Photo credit: Ham, Laura Suarez (Flickr CC)