Princes Street Gardens is flanked by the magnificent Scott Monument at one end and Edinburgh Castle at the other. Set in the valley between Edinburgh’s old and new towns, the park has been popular with city residents and visitors alike for over a century. The gardens themselves are divided into two parts – east and west, each has impressive acreage, pretty vibrant floral displays and statues aplenty. The park itself has botanical and geological areas of interest and was awarded Green Flag status in 2011.
During the summer months, live concerts are held at the bandstand in the park – you can sit with a picnic and relax taking in the music and summer sun, admiring beautiful floral displays and well-tended gardens. During the Edinburgh Fringe Festival the gardens host entertainers, stalls and readings from a multitude of performers from across the globe.
In the winter months – the gardens become a prominent backdrop for the continental Christmas market and Winter Wonderland, when ice rinks and wooden stalls sell gingerbread, mulled wine and artisan trinkets to ensure visitors to the city get into the Christmas spirit.