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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 via mobile

What a beautiful garden. Sun was shining lots of families walking, lots of young people lying around on the grass. We used the Garden to get to the Old Town and the casle.

Thank jansedamse
Reviewed yesterday

Nice area to get away from the busy streets of Edinburgh for a short while. The gardens are split by the main railway line into Edinburgh Waverly Station. There are plenty of seats to sit on and watch the world go by, or grassy areas...More

Thank Peter R
Reviewed 2 days ago

Lovely place to walk while visiting Princes Street and looking at all the lovely shops in Edinburgh. Great place to get away from the crowds Princes Street.

Thank Alan D
Reviewed 2 days ago

I kept reading about how awesome these gardens were, but it was quite a let-down for anyone who has visited London's parks or Central Park in NYC. It's such a small garden. If you want a nice little stroll or picnic, sure... but nothing that...More

Thank meg07ui
Reviewed 2 days ago

Found this garden as a respite in the otherwise crowded place. reasonably good. It adds on to the beauty of the place

Thank stwadhwa
Reviewed 3 days ago

Great for wandering around on a sunny day. Worth a peek if you're in the area, plenty of benches to sit and relax.

Thank BelleWin
Reviewed 3 days ago

We were there for the carnival as son was plying in a samba band, the gardens are lovely with lots of things going on.

Thank Pauline J
Reviewed 3 days ago

I have fond memories of my childhood days spent here (a long time ago), it never seems to loose its appeal. For me it is sad the floral clock has gone, that was a really attractive feature. Just want to relax and watch the world...More

Thank Bobster1946
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It's funny area nestled between the shopping of Princes Street and Waverley station where there is plenty of seating in this really popular park. It's lovely to look across and see the dominant Edinburgh Castle on the skyline. For the energetic there is always the...More

1  Thank Ken R
Reviewed 4 days ago

Edinburgh can be busy and noisy, but these gardens has a sense of tranquility, but you have to go on a day with good weather. Not that many of those in a Scottish year.

Thank edkemp2002
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