Charlotte Square Gardens

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40 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh New Town EH2 4HQ

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Charlotte Square Gardens
About Charlotte Square Gardens

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

Nairn’s Are You Sitting Comfortably?

Nairn’s Are You Sitting Comfortably?

12 August 2017 - 28 August 2017
Start your day with a magical trip into the world of words with one of our Festival authors. For children of all ages.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes - Unbound

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes - Unbound

13 August 2017 - 28 August 2017
An eclectic line-up of top talents plays with words, music and much more every night for your entertainment.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes - Visions of the Future

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes - Visions of the Future

14 August 2017 - 28 August 2017
Leading authors and public intellectuals consider the seismic shifts in society and how we can adapt in the future.
Chris Hoy: Sensational Cycling

Chris Hoy: Sensational Cycling

20 August 2017
Join Chris Hoy as he introduces his magical cycling adventure series, Flying Fergus at the International Book Festival
Dark Forces with Robin Jarvis

Dark Forces with Robin Jarvis

20 August 2017
Robin Jarvis teaches you how to create supernatural creatures and enchanted worlds in this enthralling event.
Britta Teckentrup: Nature’s Beauty

Britta Teckentrup: Nature’s Beauty

22 August 2017
Immerse yourself in the beauty of the natural world with author-illustrator Britta Teckentrup for ages 3-6 years.
Lissa Evans & A L Kennedy: Absurd Adventures

Lissa Evans & A L Kennedy: Absurd Adventures

23 August 2017
Two fantastically funny authors, Lissa Evans & A L Kennedy, come together for a bonkers, absurd and ridiculous event.
Good vs Evil: The Great Debate

Good vs Evil: The Great Debate

24 August 2017
Grapple with the neverending battle between good and evil in this lively debate on the world of fantasy fiction.
Chloë Inkpen & Mick Inkpen: Animal Mayhem

Chloë Inkpen & Mick Inkpen: Animal Mayhem

25 August 2017
Flap, waddle and hop along with Chloë Inkpen and her dad, Mick Inkpen in this animal-packed storytelling event.
Cressida Cowell: The Wizards of Once

Cressida Cowell: The Wizards of Once

26 August 2017
Cressida Cowell, author of How To Train Your Dragon, introduces her much-anticipated new series, The Wizards of Once.
Patrick Ness: Release

Patrick Ness: Release

27 August 2017
Meet Patrick Ness, the Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls, as he presents his new novel 'Release'.
The Monster Mash

The Monster Mash

28 August 2017
Edinburgh International Book Festival invites you to an amazing monster mash-up with exciting activities and crafts.