One of the best parts about Edinburgh is the massive amount of green space in it its city centre – Princes Street park is arguably the most accessible of these spaces, making the park an essential activity for your Edinburgh Stack!
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Princes Street Gardens was for a long time an artificial lake, created by St James III on marshland as a defence for the Edinburgh Castle that lies on top of the hill. It was then drained and eventually transformed into the gardens that are loved by the public today. The park is a great place to relax with a walk and relax during the summer weather. The park also hosts events all year round – enjoy performances from the famous Fringe Festival or dance to the Jazz festival; have a drink in October’s Oktoberfest celebrations; come December, browse the wonderful Christmas markets and marvel at the fireworks display.
The gardens are host to various monuments and sights to enjoy, with its most iconic being the Scott Monument in the East end – the huge spire is dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, the most famous Scottish writer and one of the city’s most beloved figures (Waverley station is named after one of his books!). There’s a free museum to learn more about the history of writing in Scotland, and, if you’re up for climbing its steps, you can get to the top of the monument for some great views of the city.
- The gardens are on the south side of Princess Street.
- There are different entrances into the park, from Princes Street, Waverley Bridge, or The Mound which connects the Old and New Towns.