Suspected witches used to be drowned at Princes Street Gardens, now one of the city’s most notable parks, renowned for its impeccable lawns and lush woodlands surrounding Edinburgh Castle. Located at the heart of the city’s World Heritage Site, the park was created in two phases in the 1770s and 1820s following the long draining of the Nor Loch, an artificial lake that formed part of the castle’s medieval defenses. The site now includes several prominent statues and memorials, including the Scott Monument, a Gothic spire built in 1844 to honor Sir Walter Scott. You'll also see statues of the explorer David Livingstone and poet Allan Ramsay, as well as the world’s first floral clock, displaying over 30,000 colorful plants. Plan your Princes Street Gardens visit and explore what else you can see and do in Edinburgh using our Edinburgh trip builder website.
Tours to Princes Street Gardens
$171 BOOK WITH VIATOR Edinburgh Private Custom Tour with a Local Guide, Highlights & Hidden Gems ★★★★★
Duration: 2 to 4 hours
$22 BOOK WITH VIATOR Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off City and Britannia Joint Tour
Duration: 70 to 83 minutes
$394 BOOK WITH VIATOR Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Walking Tour of Edinburgh's Highlights
Duration: 4 hours
$114 BOOK WITH VIATOR Edinburgh Christmas Lights with a Local: 100% Personalized & Private
Duration: 3 hours
$1,080 BOOK WITH VIATOR Explore an amazing Edinburgh on a private walking tour of the Old town
Duration: 4 hours
$12 BOOK WITH VIATOR Highlights from Edinburgh’s Old Town: A Self-Guided Audio Tour
Duration: 90 to 120 minutes
Princes Street Gardens reviews
Great park to chill out and look at Edinburgh's attractions. Good skyline photographs can be taken here. Big 200 foot spire in park. more »
Beautiful & peaceful park at the base of the cliff where Edinburgh Castle sits. A great place to sit & relax or walk around & enjoy the views of the castle. There is a playground for younger... more »
Great place for a stroll after touring Edinburgh Castle. Lovely flowers, lots of hills. The park it's below street level so it blocks out the noise and feels like an oasis. Public toilets were clean. Playground was nice. There was a small cafe and outdoor seating, but we didn't try it.
Dressed up for the Edinburgh International Festival, the gardens are full of blooms, vendors, and the stage for the final concert and fireworks. Why not 5 stars? I didn't see designated entrances for wheelchairs, and I did see people turning back from a few stairs-only areas. I guess locals may know how to navigate if they need ramps. A nice stop to smell the roses, really.
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