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Edinburgh Royal Botanical Gardens

Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden’s award-winning Botanic Lights returns this October and November if you’re planning on visiting the elegant Scottish city this autumn. A month of magical nights starts on 29 October and runs through to 22 November, illuminating a technicolour path through the gardens with lights, lasers and projections.

The Botanic Gardens invite you to experience four seasons in an evening, botanics beautifully lit after dark, from 5pm until 8:30 every evening. Installations will throw light and shadow onto trees, alongside a technicolour spectacle at the Chinese Hillside and the city’s Victorian Palm House lit up against the night sky.

To add extra warmth to the evening’s glowing colours, mulled wine, beers, hot drinks and snacks are available for visitors, at both the East Gate Lodge and the Terrace Café in the Botanics.

The light show first featured in 2014 as part of Edinburgh’s Year of Homecoming, and went on to win an honour in the prestigious Museum and Heritage Awards for light artist Malcolm Innes and his Napier university colleague Euan Winton.

If you’re planning on driving in to the city, hire a car from the Easirent desk at Edinburgh airport, just five miles from the city centre – the journey by car takes approximately 25 minutes. Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden is approximately one mile north of the city centre, and hiring a car in Edinburgh is an excellent way to reach the site. You’ll find extensive parking available around the garden’s perimeter and on adjacent side streets. Evening visitors can park for free from 5:30pm onwards, but parking is metered during the daytime on Mondays to Fridays.