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.

"I've lived in Edinburgh for years and hadn't seen a third of these gardens! I've done loads of walking tours but this one is the best by far." Review left on the Edinburgh Fringe website 2018


" ... Excellently researched - she really knew what she was talking about."  Review left on the Edinburgh Fringe website 2018


"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 2019?




There will be daily tours, open to all, over the Edinburgh Fringe from 2 - 26 August (inclusive). Meet outside John Knox House at 2.30pm. Tickets are £10 each and are available only from the Edinburgh Fringe box office. Book online or phone 0131 226 0000. These tours always sell out well in advance, so early booking is essential.



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 bottom of Canongate.

updated 6 March 2019