Princes Street Gardens

Think of Princes Street Gardens as Edinburgh’s ‘Central Park’ – a veritable haven of peace and calm amidst all the hustle and bustle of a cosmopolitan capital city, and only a few minutes casual stroll from 123 High Street.

The East and West Gardens combine to form a long strip of rolling parkland, skirting the entire length of the world famous shopping thoroughfare of Princes Street on one side and the volcanic slopes leading up to Edinburgh Castle on the other.  Apart from providing the perfect setting for a summer picnic or a winter walk, The Gardens are also noted for a fascinating collection of statues and monuments including the Scott Monument, erected in the 1840s to commemorate the famous Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott. 

Other popular attractions include the Ross Fountains and Bandstand, the venue for various concerts and other events throughout the year including the Fireworks Concert on the last night of the Festival and a star studded rock concert at Hogmanay.

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the Gardens turn into ‘Winter Wonderland’ with attractions such as a Christmas market, an ice rink and a variety of amusement park rides including a giant Ferris wheel, often dubbed ‘The Edinburgh Eye’.