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Think Global, Act Local: Patrick Geddes and the Old TownGarden 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 (1854 - 1932), the early Scots environmentalist, gardener and town planner who coined the phrase 'Think global, act local'.  Geddes lived and worked in Edinburgh for thirty years, putting into practice his belief that cities can be healthy, inspiring places to live.

First, the tour offers you an introduction to Patrick Geddes's ideas about Old Town regeneration. Then we 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


How do I book the 'Think Global, Act Local' tour in 2019?




There will be five tours for the general public during the Edinburgh Fringe in August. on:


Friday 9th August,

Thursday 15th August,

Friday 16th August,

Thursday 22nd August,

and Friday 23rd August.


Meet at 10.00am Outside the Writers Museum, Lady Stairs Close, EH1 2PA


Tickets cost £10 and are available now only from the Edinburgh Fringe box office (tel: +44 (0)131 226 0000). Book online here.




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.)




There are two meeting places according to when your tour takes place:

During the Edinburgh Fringe in August, we meet Outside the Writers Museum, Lady Stairs Close, EH1 2PA


Apart from the August tours, we meet Outside The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE 


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 the Grassmarket.

updated 18 April 2019