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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.


"I really enjoyed our walk in the Gardens today. I think when it is local and familiar, places are taken for granted. It's good to get a different slant sometimes." Heather, Edinburgh


"Our well-informed and articulate guide took us to parts of Princes Street Gardens I didn't know existed. You won't be disappointed in this walking tour - very highly recommended!" Review left on Edinburgh Fringe website 2018


Proposal for Princes Street Gardens


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. Pictures courtesy Ross Development Trust.




Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are able to offer tours for small groups (maximum eight people).


See here for more details of how we are following Scottish Government guildelines to keep you safe.

If you'd like to book a private tour at a date and time to suit you, please phone 0131 558 8240 or email

Cost of private bookings: £60 for 1 - 8 people



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

Finish in West Princes Street Garden.


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 4 August 2020