Dunbars Close Garden

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.

Dunbars Close Garden

About Dunbars Close Garden

137 Canongate Edinburgh EH8 8BW, Edinburgh Old Town EH8 8BW
01315295151
Dunbars Close Garden Website

Dunbar’s Close on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s Old Town is a hidden gem. The garden has been laid out in the style and character of a 17th century garden. To enter you travel along a narrow, cobbled close. It opens out into a surprisingly tranquil and elegant parterre of clipped shrubs under a cosy green canopy of trees. Beyond the entrance are further parterres, each with different atmospheres and all are sheltered thanks to high church walls on the west side and clipped hedging on the others. Entrance to the garden is free of charge.

The garden is special, particularly when the trees are in full leaf. It has such an authentic sense of place that you feel like you are one of the few to have discovered it. It is hard to believe that somewhere so peaceful, so city centre, was a building site until 1976 when The Mushroom Trust funded the creation of a new garden by Seamus Filor, landscape architect. The Mushroom Trust handed the garden over to the City of Edinburgh on completion and is still involved in its management.

The close was probably named after David Dunbar, a writer who owned the tenements at the garden’s entrance.

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 Dunbars Close Garden are accurate, please contact us at hello[@]whatsonnetwork.co.uk if any of the above information is incorrect.

Upcoming Events at Dunbars Close Garden

More Gardens and Parks in Edinburgh

Jupiter Artland

Jupiter Artland

Jupiter Artland Bonnington House Steadings, Wilkieston EH27 8BB

Set within the picturesque 80 acre estate of Bonnington House, arts organisation Jupiter Artland is the brainchild of Nicky and Robert Wilson!
Read more

Scotlands Gardens: Edinburgh & Lothians

Scotlands Gardens: Edinburgh & Lothians

, Various Locations Edinburgh

Explore large and small gardens of horticultural interest throughout Edinburgh, the Lothians and all of Scotland thanks to Scotland's Gardens Scheme!
Read more

Princes Street Gardens

Princes Street Gardens

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...
Read more

Hopetoun House

Hopetoun House

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...
Read more

Archerfield Walled Garden

Archerfield Walled Garden

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...
Read more

Craigmillar Castle Park

Craigmillar Castle Park

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...
Read more

Polkemmet Country Park

Polkemmet Country Park

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.
Read more

Pentland Hills Regional Park

Pentland Hills Regional Park

Pentland Hills Regional Park , Lothians

The Pentland Hills Regional Park is a living, working landscape, that offers great opportunities to experience, learn about and enjoy the outdoors. Sculpted...
Read more

George Square Gardens

George Square Gardens

57 George Square, Edinburgh South EH8 9JU

George Square is a city square in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is in the south of the city centre, adjacent to the Meadows. It was laid out in 1766 outside...
Read more

Newhailes House and Gardens

Newhailes House and Gardens

Newhailes House and Gardens Newhailes Road , Musselburgh EH21 6RY

Discover 300 years of Scottish history through this magnificent and carefully conserved neo-Palladian villa.
Read more

All Gardens and Parks listings in Edinburgh

Sponsored Links

Popular Events

Lecture: Beyond Hornel: Scottish Photographers in Meiji Japan
This talk will examine the history of Scottish expatriates in nineteenth-century Japan and their contribution to the photography networks and communities in their adopted country.
Responding to Jock McFadyen Goes to the Pictures - Collage and Printmaking
Combining surprising elements from our fantastic and intriguing exhibition, create a series of works with overlaid and combined elements in collage and simple printmaking.
The Journey
Extraordinary illusionist, mentalist and performance artist Scott Silven and the Traverse Theatre invite you on a mesmerizing journey from your home to his in rural Scotland.
Flamenco Guitar Concert
Allow yourself to be transported straight to Andalucia from the comfort of your own living room as Daniel Martinez takes you on a journey through the works of legendary flamenco maestros!
CAST
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of their magnificent debut album, All Change, Cast will be performing the record in its entirety, followed by a set of greatest hits at the Liquid Room!

Popular Venues

Edinburgh Playhouse Festival Theatre Edinburgh Kings Theatre Edinburgh National Museum of Scotland Traverse Theatre