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Princes Street Gardens

Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2HG, Scotland
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Princes Street Gardens lies at center of Edinburgh's World Heritage Site, within New Town and Old Town Outstanding Conservation Areas. It is listed in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscape in Scotland and has geological and botanical scientific interest. The Gardens are set in the valley between the old and new towns with Edinburgh Castle on its rock towering above the western end. The park has been awarded a Green Flag since 2011 and its central location make it a popular choice with residents and visitors. The world renowned Floral clock was first planted in 1903 and each year the planting scheme commemorates a special anniversary. The planting schemes are designed by the Technical team in the Parks and Greenspace Service. The colorful displays take 30,000 plants, and a variety of flower and foliage plants are used in the designs. All are of a dwarf nature, suitable for carpet bedding, including annuals such as Lobelia, Pyrethrum and Golden Moss and succulents such as Echeveria and Sedum.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2HG, Scotland
Old Town
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Reviewed yesterday

Great atmosphere and a total break from the hustle bussle tourist traps only metres away. Peaceful and safe.

Thank Jonny K
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The most beautiful part of Edinburgh and all free. Nothing beats lying down on green grass in warm beautiful day. It's lovely for small snacks area or playing ball with your little one.

Thank SitaraArman
Reviewed yesterday

A great place to take a rest after visiting or shopping in Edinburgh. Plenty of colorful flowers: a feast to eyes, but appealing also to noses ;-)

Thank Aandi1955
Reviewed 2 days ago

The gardens are a beautiful place to sit with a picnic or just to watch the world going by. The gardens are well kept and it's spotless. We did encounter a man signing his heart out to who ever would listen and no I don't...More

Thank maureen w
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

In summer: sunny, full of people, beautiful sunset, fantastic. In Winter on the other hand this "garden" becomes some what dreary but usually has the same cheerful crowd and offers a beautiful sunset although being quite cold

1  Thank Orlamacdonald
Reviewed 3 days ago

A really great green space in the heart of the city where one can rest awhile and take stock. Always some activitiesgoing on as well as a place to rest those weary feet. Some nice flowers to see on route a real oasis running alongside...More

Thank vuepoint
Reviewed 3 days ago

Lovely park with Princes Street on 1 side and Edinburgh Castle (high up) on the other. Weather dependent a great spot to have a picnic, ride the big wheel, grab a coffee, listen to a band and watch the squirrels. Lovely area sandwiched in the...More

Thank sleep007
Reviewed 4 days ago

Princes Street Gardens is a public park in the center of Edinburgh, in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. The Gardens were created in two phases in the 1770s and 1820s following the long draining of the Nor Loch and building of the New Town. The...More

Thank R K
Reviewed 4 days ago

Hard to miss if you are on Princes street, it´s nice to walk around in between shopping or sightseeing. Around christmas they have a nice market.

Thank Eyrun J
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very pretty with a nice backdrop of the castle. Definitely worth taking 10 minutes out from the hussle and bustle from Princes Street

Thank flufster2016
Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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27 May 2017|
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Response from CClarke2013 | Reviewed this property |
No there is no entrance free. It is open and accessible. Possibly there was a special exhibit in a location in the park that had a fee, but not sure.
Julia B
19 March 2017|
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Response from Mary-Anne M | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, sorry l didn't get back to you sooner. lf it's a beautiful day you could spend a good hour walking round l'd say. But in the wet and cold you could dash through in 10 mins! l always prefer to walk through the... More
2 March 2016|
Response from Juan R | Reviewed this property |
No, but you are not going to need it