Parks and gardens - Leith Links

Name Leith Links
Address Links Gardens
Postcode EH6 7QR
Telephone 0131 529 7061
Facilities Play area
Playing fields
Community orchard
Wheelchair access
Tennis Courts
Background Originally designed as golf course, Leith Links is a large open space with tree lined avenues and walkways that is well-used. Local schools and community groups have been involved in planting crocuses, daffodils and creating a children's orchard. It is a park that is enjoyed by the whole community. It is a great place for walkers, joggers, for football, cricket, games and picnics. There is a well used children's play area. Leith Links is important as a venue, with the Edinburgh Mela and Leith Festival being held here every year.
History and heritage Leith Links was the site of the Seige of Leith in 1560. It was also used as a camp before the Battle of Prestonpans in 1745. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Leith Links were recognised as Edinburgh's premier place to play golf. The area was formalised as a public park in 1888.
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