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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 300 guests seated or 400 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 400 guests
Address Arboretum Place
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Function Rooms & Event Spaces (4)

The John Hope Gateway - Royal Botanic Garden

The John Hope Gateway

  • Max Capacity: 400
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    Opened by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth in 2010 with a stunning outlook towards the Biodiversity Garden and the Garden beyond. This is a bright, sustainable space with bar facilities and floor to ceiling windows leading out to a private decked terrace which is perfectly suited for pre-dinner drinks or summer evening BBQ’s.


    • Reception: 400
    • Theatre: 120
    • Banqueting: 300
    • Dinner & Dance: 250
    • Cabaret: 120
    • Boardroom: 100
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Caledonian Hall - Royal Botanic Garden

Caledonian Hall

  • Max Capacity: 120
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    The Caledonian Hall, situated at the east side of the Garden, was completed in 1843 and was originally built as the Herbarium. This grade B listed building with stunning high ceilings and large windows offers lots of natural daylight. The views overlooking the Rock Garden and waterfalls complete the stunning setting.


    • Reception: 120
    • Theatre: 100
    • Banqueting: 100
    • Dinner & Dance: 100
    • Cabaret: 70
    • Classroom: 36
    • Boardroom: 50
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The Terrace - Royal Botanic Garden

The Terrace

  • Max Capacity: 60
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    Located in the heart of the Garden, The Terrace is a bright and airy venue with a garden feel which is available for evening drinks receptions and informal dining with a capacity of up to 80 guests. This area also has an outdoor patio area offering spectacular views with tables and giant parasols.

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David Douglas Room - Royal Botanic Garden

David Douglas Room

  • Max Capacity: 40
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    An idyllic setting for smaller gatherings located within the John Hope Gateway building which has an outlook over the Biodiversity Garden. The room also has its’ own private entrance and decked terrace area offering outdoor space for drinks receptions.


    • Reception: 40
    • Banqueting: 32
    • Cabaret: 16
    • Boardroom: 16
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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