Royal Botanic Garden Royal Botanic Garden

Royal Botanic Garden

Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR, United Kingdom | 01312482909 | Website


Reviewer - Chapter 1
COVID Confident Review

Christmas at the Botanics



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This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Assistance Dog - Visual, Wheelchair, Hidden Impairment, Dementia


A beautiful, magical outdoor trail of light and sound. Lifted the spirit during a very challenging time!

Transport & Parking


We parked and the directions for where to park (and where not to) on the tickets were very clear. There was also very good information on taxi drop off points and disabled parking.



No steps - the trail was all on a wide, smooth surfaced path with social distancing enforced. There is a dedicated email address for queries from powerchair and wheelchair users. The paths were well gritted too. Lighting is low in some places for environmental reasons and visitors are encouraged to bring a torch but we didn’t need to use it. Sound volumes are restricted to specific light shows away from areas of wildlife in the gardens. Signage was very clear and staff were easy to identify, friendly and helpful. There was a large, clear map of the event at each entrance and a QR code that could be downloaded to your phone or tablet with information about the sound and art installations.



There were accessible toilets at each entrance although we did not use the toilets.



The staff were excellent, friendly and ensured everyone had a good safe time. They were very sensitive to ensuring social distancing was adhered to. Santa was still on particularly good form - counting down the days until next Christmas!

Anything else you wish to tell us?

The event had been organised to ensure it was covid secure and information about the measures was provided beforehand and at the event. Measures included hand sanitising, enforcing social distancing, the rule of 6 in place at the time and reducing dwell times at the various light shows to avoid crowding. People not exempt from wearing face coverings wore masks, even though the event was outdoors. It felt very safe to attend.


Torch garden Tunnel of light. Wide paths and no crowding Chinese lanterns

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