Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Gardens named one of UK's most popular attractions

By Alexander Smail

A new study has ranked the most popular gardens in the UK, and Edinburgh's Royal Botanics are high on the list.

The research, carried out by flower delivery service Flying Flowers, involved compiling search data for gardens across the country, and then ranking them to see which the public are most interested in.

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh placed fourth on the list, attracting more than 20,000 searches each month.

The picturesque gardens in Warriston feature an 350-year-old Living Collection dating back to the 17th century.

After a major refurbishment, the Botanic Garden's cafe recently reopened - complete with a revamped menu.

Experts at Flying Flowers said: "The UK is home to some of the worlds most beautiful gardens which are home to a mixture of designs and styles.

"With many of our gardens offering a huge range of flowers and plants cared for and studied by gardeners and botanists, they’re the perfect places to explore and get in touch with nature this summer."

Placing first in Flying Flowers' ranking, with a staggering 370,000 searches, is Kew Gardens in West London.

Also known as the Royal Botanic Gardens, over 50,000 plant species can be seen across its grounds.

Rounding out the top five are RHS Wisley in Woking and Wrest Park in Bedfordshire at second and third, and the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield at fifth.

The most popular gardens in the UK

1 Kew Gardens - 370,430 monthly searches

2 RHS Wisley - 80,630 monthly searches

3 Wrest Park - 34,480 monthly searches

4 Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - 21,080 monthly searches

5 Botanical Gardens, Sheffield - 13,870 monthly searches

6 Heythrop Park - 12,390 monthly searches

7 Hidcote Gardens - 10,510 monthly searches

8 Sissinghurst Castle - 8,960 monthly searches

9 Levens Hall - 8,360 monthly searches

10 Buscot Park - 7,690 monthly searches

11 Chatsworth House Garden - 5,110 monthly searches

12 Wentworth Castle Gardens - 4,630 monthly searches

13 Stourhead Gardens - 4,440 monthly searches

14 Botanic Gardens, Belfast - 4,080 monthly searches

15 Iford Manor - 3,690 monthly searches

16 Tresco Abbey Gardens - 2,210 monthly searches

17 Arundel Castle - 1,860 monthly searches

18 Pashley Manor Gardens - 1,600 monthly searches

19 Mottisfont Garden - 1,150 monthly searches

20 Blenheim Palace and Gardens - 590 monthly searches

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