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Royal Botanic Garden

Royal Botanic Garden

Unique venues with the gorgeous backdrop of these famous botanical gardens, close to the city centre and the train station; as you can imagine, it’s an absolute dream for weddings. Put this one high on your list for business meetings and events, or book it now for your next conference, awards ceremony, exhibition, product launch, drinks reception, sparkling gala dinner, or for that Christmas party or summer BBQ.

The differing venues within the gardens mean you can choose the one that’s best suited to the style and size of your event; show your love for the planet and hire The John Hope Gateway; an up-to-the-minute eco building incorporating the 140 cover Gateway Restaurant; it holds 160 guests seated or 200 standing. The David Douglas Room seats up to 40 people and offers sweeping views of the gardens; it’s often used in conjunction with The Patrick Geddes Room.

For private screenings or presentations hire the Real-Life Science Studio with its projector and screen. The Caledonian Hall overlooks the colourful Rock Garden and accommodates up to 100 guests seated in theatre style or 120 standing and has the option of a marquee to increase capacity.

The John Muir Grove is an open air setting of towering trees creating a fairytale atmosphere for weddings and parties. From April to September the Marquee on the Inverleith Lawn holds 750 people for a drinks reception or 600 for banqueting, and affords a wonderful view of the Edinburgh skyline, dominated by the castle and Arthur’s Seat.

The Lecture Theatre seats 250 people and has up-to-the-minute audio-visual technology; it’s often booked in conjunction with the adjacent Conference Room which has capacity for 60 people and provides a good space for refreshments or lunch. The Board Room seats 16 and has the lovely feature of a glass wall facing onto a lush courtyard; the Board Room Annexe next door seats 20; use it on its own or for lunch or breakouts alongside a Board Room event. The Terrace Café can also be hired for evening events for 120 standing.

The venues have high speed wifi, and state of the art audiovisual technology; event designers work with you to create a package that’s tailored to your wishes, with catering provided via creative professional partners. As an extra treat for your guests, book up a guided tour of these spectacular gardens.

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Venue Royal Botanic Garden
Capacity 750 guests
Address Arboretum Place
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Packages (1)

Royal Botanic Garden - Christmas Parties

Christmas Parties

  • Guests: 160 max
  • Price from: £45.00 per person
  • Description & Details

    Sparkling wine on arrival Three course dinner DJ Christmas novelties Cash bar until late Menu Starters Roast pumpkin and rosemary soup with chestnut crumb Quenelle duck liver mousse, smoked duck breast, spiced sticky kumquat jam, rosemary toast Trio of Shetland salmon, beetroot cured salmon with beetroot relish, smoked salmon with tartar relish, poached salmon with dill crème fraiche, pickled fennel salad Main Course Ballotine of British turkey with cranberry and chestnut sausage, buttered fondant potatoes, sautéed smoked pancetta, sprouts and spaghetti heritage carrots, turkey jus Baked coley fillet, chorizo and crayfish potato cake, creamed spinach puree, thyme slow roasted plum tomato, red wine sauce Saffron potato, winter root vegetable and chestnut gratin, topped with parmesan and parsley crumb, buttered winter greens, seasonal herb dressing Desserts Traditional Christmas pudding, brandy ice cream Bittersweet dark chocolate tart, vanilla bean cream, white chocolate sauce, raspberry caramel biscuit Panettone butterscotch pudding, fresh custard

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Please note that advertised packages are guideline prices and subject to availability and number of guests attending.

Function Rooms & Event Spaces (4)

John Hope Gateway - Royal Botanic Garden

John Hope Gateway

  • Max Capacity: 800
  • Full Details

    Available for dinners (200), conferences (120) and receptions (800).


    • Reception: 800
    • Theatre: 120
    • Banqueting: 200
    • Cabaret: 120
    • Classroom: 70
    • Boardroom: 110
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Caledonian Hall and Pavilion - Royal Botanic Garden

Caledonian Hall and Pavilion

  • Max Capacity: 150
  • Full Details

    This lovely old building built originally by the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society has the ability to transform into a stunning venue for any event, seating up to 100 guests for a sit down dinner or 120 for a drinks reception.


    • Reception: 150
    • Theatre: 120
    • Banqueting: 100
    • Cabaret: 70
    • Classroom: 36
    • Boardroom: 70
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Terrace Cafe - Royal Botanic Garden

Terrace Cafe

  • Max Capacity: 120
David Douglas Room - Royal Botanic Garden

David Douglas Room

  • Max Capacity: 60
  • Full Details

    Meetings and events.


    • Theatre: 40
    • Banqueting: 60
    • Cabaret: 24
    • Boardroom: 30
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Venue Features (13)

  • AV Equipment
  • Disability Access
  • Family Friendly
  • In-house Catering
  • Late Licence
  • Licensed Bar
  • Local Public Transport
  • Music Licence
  • Outside Space
  • Parking
  • Smoking Area
  • Wedding License
  • Wi-Fi Access