City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

John Hope Gateway


John Hope Gateway
Arboretum Place
Edinburgh EH3 5NZ
Green Gateway
Venue details
Edinburgh Area: 
Inverleith, Edinburgh
Telephone (info): 
0131 552 2674
Edinburgh Fringe Venue: 
28

The John Hope Gateway, at the West Gate of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, is a modern visitor centre, shop, multimeda gallery, museum, and garden, all rolled into one. The chalet-styled building, which was purpose-built on the old Royal Botanic Garden shop and opened in October 2009, is also an  example of green construction techniques.

"The central message of the Gateway is that plants are fundamental in creating a world that can support all life on this planet, including ourselves," says Botanics Regius Keeper, Professor Blackmore.

As well as making an impressive entrance, the centre houses a gift shop, education rooms, a real life science studio, permanent and temporary exhibitions, interactive media, plant sales and Gateway restaurant.

John Who?

The new building is named after John Hope who was RBGE's Regius Keeper from 1761 to 1786.