Princes Street Gardens

sights / Parks & gardens

Princes Street Gardens information

Location
Edinburgh , United Kingdom
Address
Princes St
Getting there
Bus: all Princes St buses
Prices
admission free
Opening hours
dawn-dusk
Something wrong?
Submit a correction

These beautiful gardens lie in a valley that was once occupied by the Nor’ Loch (North Loch), a boggy depression that was drained in the early 19th century. They are split in the middle by The Mound – around two million cart-loads of earth dug out from foundations during the construction of the New Town and dumped here to provide a road link across the valley to the Old Town. It was completed in 1830.

In the middle of the western part of the gardens is the Ross Bandstand, a venue for open-air concerts in summer and at Hogmanay, and the stage for the famous Fireworks Concert during the Edinburgh Festival. At the gate beside The Mound is the Floral Clock , a working clock laid out in flowers; it was first created in 1903 and the design changes every year.