Parks and gardens - Princes Street Gardens

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Name Princes Street Gardens
Address Princes Street
Postcode EH2 2HG
Telephone 0131 529 7921
Email parks@edinburgh.gov.uk
Opening hours Princes Street Gardens 2017 times (gates will gradually be closed approximately 1 hour before these closing times in order to safely clear the gardens).
1 January to 26 March 07.00 to 18.00 (West Gardens closing from 17.15 East Gardens from 17.35)
27 March to 23 April 07.00 to 19.00 (West Gardens closing from 18.15 East Gardens from 18.35)
24 April to 28 May 07.00 to 20.00 (West Gardens closing from 19.15 East Gardens from 19.35)
29 May to 27 August 07.00 to 22.00 (West Gardens closing from 21.15 East Gardens from 21.35)
28 August to 24 September 07.00 to 20.00 (West Gardens closing from 19.15 East Gardens from 19.35)
25 September to 29 October 07.00 to 19.00 (West Gardens closing from 18.15 East Gardens from 18.35)
30 October to 31 December 07.00 to 18.00 (West Gardens closing from 17.15 East Gardens from 17.35)
Facilities Play area with ramp access
Cafe
Kiosks
Toilets
Seating
Background 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 the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscape in Scotland and has geological and botanical scientific interest. The Gardens are set in the valley between the old and new towns with Edinburgh Castle on its rock towering above the western end. The park has been awarded a Green Flag since 2011 and its central location make it a popular choice with residents and visitors.
The world renowned Floral clock was first planted in 1903 and each year the planting scheme commemorates a special anniversary. The planting schemes are designed by the Technical team in the Parks and Greenspace Service. The colourful displays take 30,000 plants, and a variety of flower and foliage plants are used in the designs. All are of a dwarf nature, suitable for carpet bedding, including annuals such as Lobelia, Pyrethrum and Golden Moss and succulents such as Echeveria and Sedum.
History and heritage There is a diverse and fascinating collection of public monuments and memorials in Princes Street Gardens dating mainly from the 1840s to 1990s. There are three types. The first commemorate influential Scottish men of the 18th and 19th centuries, including the Scott monument and the David Livingstone statue. The second group remember those who have died fighting in wars, including the Royal Scots Regimental Memorial and the Scots American War Memorial, and the third group include miscellaneous sculptures and monuments such as the Ross Fountain.
Geology Princes Street Gardens, between the Old and New Towns, is in the very centre of Edinburgh's World Heritage Site. It has a landscape of outstanding refinement and cultural significance, with high geological and some botanical scientific interest. It is one of the New Town Gardens listed in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscape in Scotland, assessed as outstanding in terms of aesthetic, historical, architectural and scenic values. The Gardens lie within either the New Town or the Old Town Outstanding Conservation Areas, the boundary between the two areas being the north fence of the railway.
Visitor information Please ensure that dogs are kept on leads at all times while visiting the gardens.
Public Toilets East Princes Street Gardens (The Mound). 24hr access. Disabled only. All toilets for the disabled require a RADAR key for access.

West Princes Street Gardens (The Mound). Opening times: 10am-10pm. Gents only. No disabled access.

West Princes Street Gardens (Ross Band Stand). Opening times:10am-8pm (Summer only). Disabled access. All toilets for the disabled require a RADAR key for access.

West Princes Street Gardens (West End). Opening times: 10am-10pm. Disabled access. All toilets for the disabled require a RADAR key for access.
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Green Flag Since 2011
Management Plan Princes Street Gardens Management Plan
Location map