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The Patrick Geddes Garden Tour Garden sketch by Norah Geddes

Following the popularity of Hidden Gardens of the Royal Mile, this walking tour explores another part of Edinburgh's Old Town, celebrating the inspirational work of Patrick Geddes, the early Scots environmentalist who coined the phrase 'Think global, act local'.  

First, the tour offers you an introduction to Patrick Geddes's ideas about the environment and Old Town regeneration. Then, rediscover inspiring Geddes gardens created over a century ago in the Old Town slums, and enjoy modern community gardening projects, including a visit to the normally-locked Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden and a thriving community garden on West Port.

Note: We can offer a variation of The Patrick Geddes Garden Tour called Children's Gardens in the Dark Places of the Old Town. This longer walk celebrates the Free Kindergarten Gardens as well as the Geddes Gardens.

"Many thanks again for your lovely Geddes tour - it was absolutely fascinating, and I hugely respect your research and insights into the man and his work and legacy. Superb!! And your gentle yet passionate delivery is inspiring."  Anna, Edinburgh


Witches WellWest Port Garden EdinburghPatrick Geddes Birlin' in his Grave




Private bookings:

Private bookings for groups and individuals are welcome at times to suit you. Check here for more details including special group rates.

If you'd like to book a private tour, please phone 0131 558 8240 or email


Meet outside The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE


Private bookings only for individuals and groups of 1 - 20. The tour lasts 1 hour 40 minutes, and covers up to one mile of mainly pavement walking; some slopes, steps, wooden boardwalk, and cobbled surfaces.  We finish in Greyfriars Kirkyard.


Private group bookings £6 per person, with a minimum charge of £60. Private individual bookings £60.

updated 6 June 2018