The stunning Princes Street Gardens are the green lungs of Edinburgh city centre and are a ‘must do’ whatever time of year you visit. From the first blooms of spring right through to the festive Winter Wonderland, Princes Street Garden is ever changing to offer a different experience every time.
Find great value accommodation and you can afford to visit Edinburgh in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Travelodge offers amazing deals on rooms in the city, and with 13 city centre hotels there’s bound to be a convenient place for you to stay. Visit their homepage to find out more and choose from central hotels in traditional buildings such as Waterloo Place and Queen Street.
Of course, if you want to be as close as possible to the beautiful gardens of Princes Street, the Edinburgh Central Princes Street hotel will be the choice for you. Offering family rooms and double rooms, just off of Princes Street, this hotel is fantastically located. You’ll also find yourself right by the Princes Street shopping area, the Scott Monument, the Edinburgh Dungeon and the National Gallery of Scotland.
The Princes Street Gardens themselves afford amazing views of the castle, with a central walkway flanked on both sides by trees, grasslands and stunning floral displays.
Among the statues and monuments in the Gardens you’ll find the famous Scott Monument, an impressive gothic tower built to commemorate the work of Sir Walter Scott, historic Scottish novelist, playwright and poet. Those who brave the 287 steps to the top spire will be rewarded with amazing views over the gardens and surroundings.
Other memorials include those to explorer David Livingstone, publisher Adam Black and Professor John Wilson, on the south side. In the west gardens you’ll find poet Allan Ramsay, reformer Thomas Guthrie and obstetric pioneer James Young Simpson.
While perfect for picnics, sunbathing and exploring during the warmer months, during the festive period the Princes Street Gardens are transformed into a stunning Winter Wonderland.
Visit Edinburgh during December and you’ll find an atmospheric Christmas Market and funfair rides in the gardens. You’ll also find one of the city’s most iconic festive sights, the Edinburgh Wheel, and an ice rink for you to try out your skills on skates.
If you do find yourself in Edinburgh during the lead up to Christmas, why not wait until after dark to visit the gardens for a different perspective on one the capital’s best attractions? With the Edinburgh Wheel lit up with multicoloured illuminations, the wooden huts of the Christmas market strung with fairy lights, and the buzz and whirr of the fairground attractions, Princes Street Gardens takes on an amazing atmosphere come nightfall in December.
Other fantastic attractions within easy walking distance of the gardens include the bustling Royal Mile, St Giles Cathedral and, of course, the iconic Edinburgh Castle, which can be seen from the gardens in all its stunning glory. Those visiting the city with children may also want to consider spending a day at Edinburgh Zoo, with its rare giant pandas and over 1000 other animals to enjoy.
The Princes Street Garden are the green lungs of a bustling city rammed with culture and excitement. Be sure to take some time out from your Edinburgh adventures to explore what they have to offer, whatever the time of year.