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The Meadows

One of Edinburgh’s largest public parks is an attractive open space with tree-lined walkways, picnic areas and sporting facilities.

Jog, sprint, skate, cycle, or walk through The Meadows, a large, popular public park. This vast open space used to be a loch that supplied much of the city’s drinking water. Drained in the early 1700s and converted into parkland, it has been a favorite escape for Edinburgh’s citizens ever since.

Go for a stroll along Middle Meadow Walk, the park’s central tree-lined path. Stop off at one of the cafés at the top of the walkway. There is also a small collection of shops here. If you are on two wheels or have your skates or rollerblades with you, take advantage of the park’s network of cycling lanes.

Show off your sporting prowess at the park’s numerous sports fields and courts. Play a round of golf on the course in the upper part of The Meadows that’s open to everyone. Whether you are a novice, expert or just curious about the sport, play a game of croquet at The Meadows Croquet Club at the park’s west end. For further details, including the times when the public can use the facilities here, visit the club’s official website. For a more energetic pursuit, work up a sweat on one of the 16 tennis courts.

There is plenty of open space for children to run around and play games, but if they haven’t burned off their energy take them to one of the park’s three play areas.

Picnicking is a popular park activity when the weather is fine. The Meadows has vast flat expanses of lawns to spread out on. There are also a number of picnic tables.

The Meadows lies to the south of the city center and is next to the Edinburgh University campus at George Square. Several bus routes pass close by and there is metered street parking.

The park is open 24 hours a day every day of the week.


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Lodging Near The Meadows

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The Scotsman Hotel

The Scotsman Hotel

20 North Bridge, Edinburgh
4.4
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On North Bridge, and one block from both Princes Street and the Royal Mile, this hotel is a half-mile from Edinburgh Castle, and directly opposite Waverley railway station.

$81
Apex Waterloo Place Hotel

Apex Waterloo Place Hotel

23-27 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh
4.5
of 5, from 2,084 reviews
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This handsomely updated landmark building stands at the east end of Edinburgh's famous Princes Street. The Waverley train station is a two-minute walk. Edinburgh Castle is just 0.9 km (0.6 mi) away.

$151
Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh

Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh

1 Festival Square, Edinburgh
4.5
of 5, from 715 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This hotel is located in the financial district, next to the West End business and entertainment area and a five-minute walk from Princes Street, 500 metres from Edinburgh Castle.

$66
Novotel Edinburgh Centre

Novotel Edinburgh Centre

80 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh
4.2
of 5, from 1,646 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located near Edinburgh Castle and the Grassmarket area, this Edinburgh hotel is a 10-minute walk from Princes Street shopping and the Royal Mile; Arthur's Seat is a 15-minute walk away.

$71
Best Western Plus Edinburgh City Centre Bruntsfield Hotel

Best Western Plus Edinburgh City Centre Bruntsfield Hotel

69 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh
4.4
of 5, from 313 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Bruntsfield, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of King's Theatre, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, and Royal Lyceum Theatre. University of Edinburgh and Greyfriars Kirk are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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Old Town Chambers

Old Town Chambers

Roxburgh's Court, Edinburgh
4.8
of 5, from 785 reviews
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Located in Old Town, this luxury apartment is steps from City Chambers, St. Giles' Cathedral, and Real Mary King's Close. Gladstone's Land and Camera Obscura and World of Illusions are also within 5 minutes.

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The Principal Edinburgh George Street

The Principal Edinburgh George Street

19-21 George Street, Edinburgh
4.5
of 5, from 527 reviews
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Located amid the shops and restaurants of Edinburgh's fashionable George Street, this hotel is a block from Princes Street and a quarter-mile from the National Gallery.

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Hilton Edinburgh Carlton

Hilton Edinburgh Carlton

19 North Bridge, Edinburgh
4.2
of 5, from 323 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Old Town, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Childhood, St. Giles' Cathedral, and Real Mary King's Close. Greyfriars Kirk and Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre are also within 10 minutes.