Charlotte Square Gardens

Charlotte Square Gardens

About Charlotte Square Gardens

40 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh New Town EH2 4HQ

This pleasant, leafy green space located at the heart of the historic New Town is an oasis of tranquility. Like many of the Georgian gardens in Edinburgh's New Town these private gardens are normally off-limits to the general public although periodically open for special events like Doors Open Day and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. In August the marquees go up and Charlotte Square Gardens becomes a kind of tented, literary village with book readings, meet-the-author events and discussions between writers from all backgrounds. There's a cafe, book shop, and garden area to sit out on if the weather's good. The Gardens central location and the compact nature of the Book Festival makes it well worth a visit. Entrance is free. Events are usually ticketed.

Charlotte Square was mostly designed according to plan by celebrated New Town architect Robert Adam who died in 1792 without ever seeing his vision completed years later. Charlotte Square, which is located at the West End of George Street, is mirrored by St Andrew's Square at the East end of George Street. The gardens are surrounded by buildings of historical note including the First Minister of Scotland's Official Residence and the big green domed building of West Register House. The National Trust's Georgian House at 7 Charlotte Square offers a window into 18th century living with its neo-classical design and period furnishings on 3 floors.

The large statue in the middle of the gardens commemorates Prince Albert, the Royal Consort to Queen Victoria, and was unveiled by the Victoria herself. Heavy wrought-iron fence normally closes off the gardens.

The gardens were originally called George Square, but were renamed after George III's queen and first daughter to avoid confusion with George Square in the South of the city.

Upcoming Events at Charlotte Square Gardens

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Power to the People

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Power to the People

10th August 2019 - 11th August 2019
DeRay Mckesson talks to writers Casey Gerald, Ibram X Kendi, Fatima Bhutto and Regina Porter about why everyone, no matter who they are, should have a role in making a better society.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Indigenous Voices

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Indigenous Voices

10th August 2019 - 25th August 2019
These canny events help even the most monolingual of us to enjoy the richness and diversity of languages beyond the dominant ones.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: The World on a Plate

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: The World on a Plate

10th August 2019 - 25th August 2019
Created with author and food and drink entrepreneur Nikki Welch, the food strand at this year’s Festival has an irresistible series of events with internationally-renowned chefs.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Stories that Make Scotland

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Stories that Make Scotland

10th August 2019 - 26th August 2019
This year we focus more on our nation’s rich, complex, troublesome past and the things that make it such a fascinating place to live right now.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Telling New Stories

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Telling New Stories

10th August 2019 - 26th August 2019
We need new stories to guide us through the complex maze of modernity. This strand brings together a dazzling array of world-leading thinkers to help find them.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Telling Her Story

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Telling Her Story

10th August 2019 - 26th August 2019
Fortunately, many brilliant women are finally being heard in the long struggle for equality, and we are proud to present a series of events in which they take the stage.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Playing with Books

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Playing with Books

10th August 2019 - 26th August 2019
Embark on a theatrical journey into books, bringing stories to life through a mix of performance, music and discussion.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: The Fragile Planet

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: The Fragile Planet

11th August 2019 - 25th August 2019
This series brings together environment specialists, scientists and activists to ask: how can we avert disaster and protect our planet?
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Unbound with Edinburgh Gin

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Unbound with Edinburgh Gin

11th August 2019 - 26th August 2019
The Book Festival gets playful at night presenting Unbound with Edinburgh Gin, a nightly literary cabaret in our atmospheric Spiegeltent.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Home Less

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Home Less

12th August 2019 - 15th August 2019
In this series, at Edinburgh International Book Festival, Val McDermid discusses the meaning of home for migrants and refugees, as well as the crisis facing the homeless in Britain today.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Illustrator in Residence

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Illustrator in Residence

15th August 2019 - 22nd August 2019
Eilidh Muldoon is well known for her intricate and elegant drawings of the built and natural world and has a passion for storytelling. Join her for these illustration and picture book events.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Babble On - Spoken Word

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Babble On - Spoken Word

17th August 2019 - 18th August 2019
Babble On - Spoken Word gives you the chance to get to know some of the most exhilarating and talented poets writing today a lot better.

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