greenyonder tours

Hidden Gardens of the Royal Mile

Chessels Court

Greenyonder's most popular tour. Take an easy walking tour to discover a little-known side of Edinburgh's Old Town: behind the historic buildings find the surprising number of gardens and green 'nooks and crannies', all with a story to tell. 

You'll hear about grand gardens of the past, enjoy productive community gardens created by today's residents, and take a breather in a beautiful space laid out and planted as a 17th century Scots town garden.

"Thank you for a really memorable experience, a wonderful mix of social and garden history – people, plants and place!"


"The members of [our group] who were lucky enough to join the tour today all agreed that it was a splendid afternoon. You showed us places that we were all blissfully unaware of and were delighted to have revealed to us. We all thoroughly enjoyed your stream of lovely anecdotes and came away much wiser about this unique bit of Edinburgh."


How do I book Hidden Gardens in 2018?




We are running public tours over the following dates in May and August. Apart from these dates, we do not run regular public tours.


10th Birthday Celebration Charity Tours Saturday 12th May: There will be two special charity tours to celebrate Greenyonder's 10th Birthday, leaving John Knox House at 11.00am (now sold out) and 3.00pm on Saturday 12th May.  See here for how to join a tour by making a voluntary donation to Help Refugees.


Edinburgh Fringe 3rd - 27th August: Tours will run every day from 3 - 27 August (inclusive), leaving John Knox House at 2.30pm. Tickets are only available from and should be on sale from April. As this tour sells out every August, please do book early to avoid disappointment.




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

Cost of private bookings: Private group bookings cost £6 per person, with a minimum 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.)






Meet outside John Knox House (Scottish Storytelling Centre), 43 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR.




Tour lasts 1 hour 45 minutes, and covers up to one mile of mainly pavement walking; some slopes and cobbled surfaces. We finish at the Scottish Parliament.

updated 20 February 2018