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NEW! Princes Street Gardens: a Drama in Time

Princes Street gardens

Edinburgh people tend to take our most famous park for granted, yet Princes Street Gardens are truly amazing in their unique geology, disputed history, diverse planting, and the myriad ways that ordinary folk have used and abused them. Linking the Old and New Towns, this public park is beautiful and varied, and a real treasure trove in all seasons.

Soon the West Garden will see big changes ... a design dubbed 'The Hobbit House' has won the contest to create a new outdoor concert arena to replace the Ross Bandstand, along with improved access to the Gardens and Castle Rock.

 

In 2018, Greenyonder Tours is offering a completely new tour on these amazing gardens, with a special launch on 17th June, as well as a one-off expert study tour on 11th June.

 

 

Proposal for Princes Street Gardens

 

Pictures courtesy Ross Development Trust.

Above: Installing the restored Ross Fountain, 2018.

Below: "The Hobbit House": winner of the design competition to replace the Ross Bandstand in West Princes Street Garden. The design will see a series of new green spaces connected by an undulating promenade linked to the Royal Mile.

 

How do I book the Princes Street Gardens Tour in 2018?

 

SPECIAL LAUNCH TOURS - OPEN TO ALL

 

Architecture Fringe 2018 logo

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We're honoured to be putting on two special launch tours as part of the Architecture Fringe:

 

1  Expert Study Tour - Monday 11 June, 2.00pm - 4.30pm

A first for Greenyonder Tours! A one-off study tour of Princes Street Gardens with expert guests, to consider the overall question: What do we want from our most famous park? 

 

  • Sorcha Carey, Director, Edinburgh Arts Festival: Public Monuments: What are they for?
  • Jean Bareham, Greenyonder Tours: History, Horticulture, and the new developments in West Princes Street Gardens: What do we want for the future?

 

BUY HERE - Princes Street Gardens: Expert Study Tour

Monday 11 June, 2.00pm - 4.30pm

Meet next to the Scott Monument box office, inside East Princes Street Gardens EH2 2EJ

Finish: West Princes Street Garden

Cost: £10 per person

 

 

 

2  Launch Tour - Sunday 17 June, 2.30pm - 4.15pm

The first showing of Greenyonder's brand new walking tour, led by Jean Bareham.

 

BUY HERE - Princes Street Gardens: A Drama in Time: Launch Tour

Sunday 17 June, 2.30pm - 4.15pm

Meet next to the Scott Monument box office, inside East Princes Street Gardens EH2 2EJ

Finish: West Princes Street Garden

Cost: £8 per person

 

 

EDINBURGH FRINGE IN AUGUST - OPEN TO ALL

 

Daily tours from Tuesday 14 - Saturday 18 August (inclusive), leaving Scott Monument at 10.30am. Cost: Special preview tour £6 per person on Tuesday 14 August. From 15 - 18 August tours are £10 per person. Tickets are only available from the Edinburgh Fringe and are on sale now.

PRIVATE BOOKINGS

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Private bookings for groups and individuals are welcome from 1 April - 31 October (excluding August). Check here for more details about private bookings. If you'd like to book a private tour at a date and time to suit you, please phone 0131 558 8240 or email walks@greenyondertours.com

Cost of private bookings: Private group bookings cost £6 per person, with a minimum total charge of £60. Private individual bookings £60.

Suitable for individuals and groups from 1 - 20. (Groups smaller than 10 people would share the minimum charge of £60.)

 

PRACTICAL DETAILS

Where:

 

Meet next to the Scott Monument box office, inside East Princes Street Gardens EH2 2EJ.

Finish in West Princes Street Garden.

Details:

The tour lasts 1 hour 45 minutes, and covers approximately one mile of easy garden tracks; there are unavoidable steps and possiblly some rough / damp surfaces, but in the main this is an easy stroll.


updated 18 April 2018