Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the grounds of Princes Street Gardens, the city’s most famous open space. For hundreds of years the area was known as Nor’ Loch, but after a long draining process, the gardens were created in the 1820s.
The large green space runs the length of Princes Street, Edinburgh’s main shopping street, and is divided in two by the Mound, an artificial hill. The two parts are East Princes Street Gardens, which is the smaller of the two, and West Princes Street Gardens.
One of the main attractions in West Princes Street Gardens is the floral clock, an attractive display made from thousands of plants. The fully functioning timepiece was first planted in 1903 and is believed to be the oldest floral clock in the world. Even the clock hands and numbers are made from flowers.
Visit the Ross Fountain, a gold-colored cast-iron structure featuring sculptures of mermaids and four female figures representing the arts, science, poetry and industry. Take your children to the large play area that has lots of amusements including slides, carousels, tunnels and climbing ropes.
Princes Street Gardens is also well known for its collection of monuments and memorials. Climb up the 287 steps of the Scott Monument in East Princes Street Garden. This tribute to the writer Sir Walter Scott charges a small admission fee. While you are in this part of the gardens look for the David Livingstone monument that honors one of Scotland’s most famous explorers.
The gardens are a lovely place to visit year-round. One of the best times is in December when they are transformed into the annual “Winter Wonderland.” There are attractions and activities for all ages including an ice rink, Ferris wheel and sleigh rides.
Due to its central location the gardens are easily accessed by public transportation. Princes Street Gardens are open daily from dawn until dusk and have public restrooms.
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Excellent location. Easy access to everything - shopping, dining, parks, public transportation. Would definitely return to this hotel in beautiful Edinburgh.
Staff were very helpful and accommodating, my husband had some medication that needed to be kept in a fridge so i had contracted them beforehand just to check, we had booked a standard room as we were not expecting to be taking his medication, upon arrival we were advised that they had upgraded us ...
Good location just a block off the Royal Mile. Expect to traverse a steep close or go around the block to walk there. Rooms is okay - no A/C but had a portable fan. No computer/printer in lobby. Breakfast is an extra 11 pounds. Good value.
Location, room with a fabulous view, very spacious and a comfy bed.
Cleaning staff way too noisy in the morning. Our room was right next to a staff elevator and doors were slammed every 5 minutes from 7am on. Very unpleasant and unexpected in such an elegant hotel who profess to provide excellent customer service.
very nice hotel, near everything, it is in the middle of Old town a New Town. Many restauarants and shops.