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.
All information (whether in text or photographs) is supplied in good faith but should not be relied upon as being a statement of representation or fact. We take every opportunity to ensure the details for Charlotte Square Gardens are accurate, please contact us at hello[@]whatsonnetwork.co.uk if any of the above information is incorrect.
Upcoming Events at Charlotte Square Gardens
Sorry, but we have no upcoming events for Charlotte Square Gardens. If you know of an event taking place at Charlotte Square Gardens or anywhere else in Edinburgh tell us about it
and we'll list it on the website, for free!
More Gardens and Parks in Edinburgh
2 Cramond Road South,
Edinburgh West EH4 6AD
When you step inside Lauriston Castle, you see it just as it was in 1926, when it was left to the nation by the last private owner, Mrs Reid.The Castle...
Hopetoun House Hopetoun,
South Queensferry EH30 9SL
Hopetoun is a place of outstanding natural beauty, which has Scotland\'s finest stately home at its heart. Situated on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Hopetoun...
137 Canongate Edinburgh EH8 8BW,
Edinburgh Old Town EH8 8BW
Dunbar’s Close on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s Old Town is a hidden gem, laid out in the style and character of a 17th century garden.
Craigmillar Castle Park Old Dalkeith Road,
Edinburgh South EH16 4TB
Craigmillar Castle Park is a natural heritage park with areas of mature and young woodland, grassland and old quarries. In 1997, over 40,000 trees were...
St.Andrew Square Garden NA,
Edinburgh New Town EH2 1AF
Built in 1770 as a private garden for the Square's proprietors, now managed by Essential Edinburgh on behalf of the private owners and open to the public...
Princes Street Gardens Princes Street,
Edinburgh EH2 2HG
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...
Roslin Glen Country Park North Esk Valley,
Roslin EH25 9PU
Roslin Glen Country Park is a wooded glen in the North Esk Valley, near the village of Roslin.It contains walks with several places of interest along...
Polkemmet Country Park ,
Near Whitburn EH47 0AD
The Park offers beautiful woodland and riverside walks, play area, picnic areas with seating and a barbecue facility.
Beecraigs Country Park ,
Linlithgow EH49 6PL
Beecraigs Country Park is a great place to visit. It caters for a wide range of leisure and recreational activities within its 370 hectares (913 acres).
Archerfield Walled Garden Archerfield Estate,
Dirleton EH39 5HQ
A fabulous Taste, Shop and Explore experience in the heart of East Lothian. We look forward to welcoming you through our doors to experience everything Archerfield Walled Garden has to offer...
Edinburgh Corn Exchange Car Boot Sale Market is open but with strict rules and guidelines. Come and join us for some bargains and for sellers to have a clearout!
itison, Scotland's pioneer of Drive In movie events, are transforming Hopetoun House outside Edinburgh for an epic May Bank Holiday weekend of Harry Potter and Batman Drive In movies!
The Big Escape is a brand new interactive outdoor experience, played on your smartphone, which will turn Edinburgh City Centre into a giant escape game!
The legendary Slam Tent is returning to Edinburgh this summer - from 30th July to 1st August.
Celebrate all things great in food & drink when the Edinburgh Food Festival returns to George Square Gardens IN 2021!