Edinburgh has many wonderful gardens and parks and I enjoy visiting my favourites on a weekly basis. I never walk the length of Princes Street without walking through Princes Street Gardens which is perhaps the most visited by tourists and helps retain Edinburgh’s international reputation as a clean, green and beautiful place to live, work and visit. If you have children, then it’s hard to get a more scenic play park in Edinburgh than the one in West Princes Street Gardens.
Two of my favourite gardens in Edinburgh is Dr Neil’s Garden in Duddingston and the Edinburgh Kyoto Friendship Garden in the grounds of Lauriston Castle. Our love for Edinburgh’s green spaces was recently re-enforced after Jean from Greenyonder Tours showed me around the hidden gardens of the Royal Mile which opened my eyes to a couple of new green spaces and filled in my history gaps about Dunbar’s Close Gardens which I often use as a lunch spot in the summer.
The views from Calton Hill are excellent and we also love to walk through the huge green space, South of town that is The Meadows. You can read our history of the Meadows article. We visit the Botanical Gardens in Inverleith frequently, normally for some squirrel hunting with the mini Spotlight members but you are now required to pay for parking on the streets adjacent. Read about our latest botanical gardens visit.