The Story of the Gardens

The Palace gardens are a place of both beauty and history. Find out how the gardens have evolved across the centuries in these talks during August.

The Story of the Gardens

About The Story of the Gardens

From the medieval gardens of the canons of Holyrood Abbey to the Privy Garden of the Stuart court, the Victorian transformation to its present use for the Royal Garden Party, find out how the gardens have evolved across the centuries. With beautiful borders, trees of international significance, and stunning views to Salisbury Crags and Arthur’s Seat, the Palace gardens are a place of both beauty and history.

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Discover myths and legends associated with Scottish monarchs, explore stories behind famous symbols and hear traditional music played on the fiddle ahead of St. Andrew's Day.
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