Visit this Secret Garden in Edinburgh

Imagine: you’ve just danced the day away at one of Edinburgh’s fringe festival music events, or you’ve been hard at work in the confines of an office, and you’re looking for somewhere tranquil – look no further than Dr.Neil’s Secret Garden, a beautiful spot to enjoy and be at peace only a short journey away from the city centre.

Where can I find quiet spaces in Edinburgh?

Look no further than Dr.Neil's Secret Garden, hidden behind a church in Duddingston village, just 3 miles out from the city centre. But don't tell your friends, it's a secret.

Dr.Neil’s secret garden truly is secret. Hidden behind a church in Duddingston, a village at the eastern base of Holyrood Park, this picturesque getaway has stunning views of a lake that sits in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat. It was designed in the 1960’s by Dr.Neil, a doctor in the city centre, to help his patients find calm – exploring this garden, you’ll see why! The garden is home to a plethora of beautiful flora and has a space for growing food, hidden fairy-tale like paths and views of Duddingston Loch. The garden is host to regular exhibitions and events, where local artists can display their work and you can attend themed workshops, while their Garden room offers fresh drinks to enjoy while you appreciate the serene garden.

  • The garden is open 7 days per week, from 10:00am to dusk.
  • Entry is free for all.
  • The 42 bus stops at Duddington Road West, where there is also a car park for Duddingston Kirk for people who are driving there.

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