The Royal Botanical Gardens
The Royal Botanical Gardens are simultaneously a scientific institution and a tourist attraction. Originally founded in 1670 as a medicinal garden that cultivated herbal remedies, it is now regarded as a horticultural haven to escape the hustle and bustle of the cultural and retail delights that Edinburgh provides.
The gardens are popular with both keen botanists and local residents alike. The gardens are a botanist's paradise, containing several conservatoires that have been described as the most spectacular conservatories in Great Britain. Tourists and local residents use the gardens as a place to enjoy tranquillity and calm and are a popular place for young families to enjoy a walk.