Princes Street Gardens

Princes Street Gardens

About Princes Street Gardens

Princes Street Gardens Princes Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH2 2HG
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Princes Street Gardens lies at centre of Edinburgh's World Heritage Site, within New Town and Old Town Outstanding Conservation Areas. It is listed in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscape in Scotland and has geological and botanical scientific interest. The Gardens are set in the valley between the old and new towns with Edinburgh Castle on its rock towering above the western end. The park has been awarded a Green Flag since 2011 and its central location make it a popular choice with residents and visitors.

The world renowned Floral clock was first planted in 1903 and each year the planting scheme commemorates a special anniversary. The planting schemes are designed by the Technical team in the Parks and Greenspace Service. The colourful displays take 30,000 plants, and a variety of flower and foliage plants are used in the designs. All are of a dwarf nature, suitable for carpet bedding, including annuals such as Lobelia, Pyrethrum and Golden Moss and succulents such as Echeveria and Sedum.

There is a diverse and fascinating collection of public monuments and memorials in Princes Street Gardens dating mainly from the 1840s to 1990s. There are three types. The first commemorate influential Scottish men of the 18th and 19th centuries, including the Scott monument and the David Livingstone statue. The second group remember those who have died fighting in wars, including the Royal Scots Regimental Memorial and the Scots American War Memorial, and the third group include miscellaneous sculptures and monuments such as the Ross Fountain.

Upcoming Events at Princes Street Gardens

Puzzle in the Gardens

Puzzle in the Gardens

15th July 2018 - 15th September 2018
Cryptically painted puzzle pieces are set in the trees for viewers to discover in this art installation by Anne Gilchrist.
Scottish Dancing in Princes Street Gardens

Scottish Dancing in Princes Street Gardens

23rd July 2018
Come along and spend summer evenings dancing to live music in the open air with the Princes Street Gardens Dancers!
Edinburgh Summer Sessions

Edinburgh Summer Sessions

6th August 2018
Edinburgh Summer Sessions will take place at the Ross Bandstand this August bring world-class acts to Princes Street Gardens.
Edinburgh Summer Sessions

Edinburgh Summer Sessions

9th August 2018
Edinburgh Summer Sessions will take place at the Ross Bandstand this August bring world-class acts to Princes Street Gardens.
Edinburgh Summer Sessions

Edinburgh Summer Sessions

14th August 2018
Edinburgh Summer Sessions will take place at the Ross Bandstand this August bring world-class acts to Princes Street Gardens.
Edinburgh Summer Sessions

Edinburgh Summer Sessions

17th August 2018
Edinburgh Summer Sessions will take place at the Ross Bandstand this August bring world-class acts to Princes Street Gardens.
Edinburgh Summer Sessions

Edinburgh Summer Sessions

18th August 2018
Edinburgh Summer Sessions will take place at the Ross Bandstand this August bring world-class acts to Princes Street Gardens.
Edinburgh Summer Sessions

Edinburgh Summer Sessions

19th August 2018
Edinburgh Summer Sessions will take place at the Ross Bandstand this August bring world-class acts to Princes Street Gardens.
Sleep in the Park - Edinburgh

Sleep in the Park - Edinburgh

8th December 2018
Social Bite's Sleep in the Park returns and this time it's taking place across Scotland! Sign up now for the Edinburgh event at Princes Street Gardens and help end homelessness in Scotland for good!

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Puzzle in the Gardens
Cryptically painted puzzle pieces are set in the trees for viewers to discover in this art installation by Anne Gilchrist.

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