Parks and gardens - Meadows

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Name Meadows
Address Melville Drive
Postcode EH9 9EX
Telephone 0131 529 5151
Email sfc.southneighbourhood@edinburgh.gov.uk
Facilities Play areas (including the Magnet play area)
Tennis
Cricket
Cafe
Toilets
Picnic tables
Croquet
Designated barbeque areas
Seating
Wheelchair access
Background The Meadows remain one of the most important open spaces in Edinburgh and one of the most popular. There's something for everyone with the biggest play area in the city, large grassed areas, tennis courts, cafe and toilets.
History and heritage The park was once the site of the wind-swept Borough-Loch, which was part of the historic old Borough Muir, and one of the main water supplies for Edinburgh's old town. In 1722 the Loch was leased to Thomas Hope, who completed drainage, created a walkway, lined with hedges and trees. When Melville Drive was opened in 1859 as part of the South Side development, it brought a further wave of popularity for walks, picnics or play. As the City grew, the Edinburgh Improvement Act of 1827 stated that 'it should not be competent for the Lord Provost, Magistrates and Council, or any other person, without the sanction of Parliament obtained for the express purpose, at any time thereafter to erect buildings of any kind upon any part of the grounds called the Meadows or Bruntsfield Links so far as the same belongs in property to the Lord Provost, Magistrates and Council.'

In 1886, the International Exhibition of Industry, Science and Art was held in the Meadows, giving the site world-wide recognition.
Wildlife Large flocks of starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) can be seen on the golf course links in the summer – with parents feeding their large brown chicks. In the winter, flocks of redwings descend on the Links and Meadows. These resemble thrushes but have a red breast and are surprisingly confident.
Visitor information Lothian Buses: 24, 41, 42, 67
Public Toilets Hope Park Crescent
Opening times: 10am-6pm.
Disabled access. All toilets for the disabled require a RADAR key for access.

Middle Meadow Walk
Opening times: 10am-6pm.
Baby changing facilities available.
No disabled access.
Book sports facilities Tennis: tennis@edinburghleisure.co.uk Cricket: sportspitch@edinburghleisure.co.uk
Organise an event Find out how to organise an event in Edinburgh's parks
Getting involved Friends of the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links
Location map