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Parks: Princes Street Gardens

By City of Edinburgh Council

The first Floral Clock 1903

By City of Edinburgh Council

Floral Clock 2012

By City of Edinburgh Council

Floral Clock 1928

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Floral Clock 2007

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Princes Street Gardens by Hazel Hall

By City of Edinburgh Council

Princes Street Gardens by D Henniker

By City of Edinburgh Council

By City of Edinburgh Council

By City of Edinburgh Council

The Scott Monument in Princes Street Gardens

By Contributor Debbie Adams

By City of Edinburgh Council

By City of Edinburgh Council

Princes Street Gardens by D Adams.

By City of Edinburgh Council

By City of Edinburgh Council

By City of Edinburgh Council

By City of Edinburgh Council

By City of Edinburgh Council

By City of Edinburgh Council

By City of Edinburgh Council

Lunchtime in Princes Street Gardens.

By Contributor Paul

Background
Princes Street Gardens lies at centre of Edinburgh's World Heritage Site, within New Town and Old Town Outstanding Conservation Areas. It is listed in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscape in Scotland and has geological and botanical scientific interest. The Gardens are set in the valley between the old and new towns with Edinburgh Castle on its rock towering above the western end. The park has been awarded a Green Flag since 2011 and its central location make it a popular choice with residents and visitors.
The world renowned Floral clock was first planted in 1903 and each year the planting scheme commemorates a special anniversary. The planting schemes are designed by the Technical team in the Parks and Greenspace Service. The colourful displays take 30,000 plants, and a variety of flower and foliage plants are used in the designs. All are of a dwarf nature, suitable for carpet bedding, including annuals such as Lobelia, Pyrethrum and Golden Moss and succulents such as Echeveria and Sedum.
History and heritage
There are a diverse and fascinating collection of public monuments and memorials in Princes Street Gardens dating mainly from the 1840s to 1990s. There are three types. The first commemorate influential Scottish men of the 18th and 19th centuries, including the Scott monument and the David Livingstone statue. The second group remember those who have died fighting in wars, including the Royal Scots Regimental Memorial and the Scots American War Memorial, and the third group include miscellaneous sculptures and monuments such as the Ross Fountain. The Ross Fountain is currently being repaired, the newly refurbished fountain will be unveiled in the spring of 2018.
Wildlife
The world renowned Floral clock was first planted in 1903 and each year the planting scheme commemorates a special anniversary. The planting schemes are designed by the Technical team in the Parks and Greenspace Service. The colourful displays take 30,000 plants, and a variety of flower and foliage plants are used in the designs. All are of a dwarf nature, suitable for carpet bedding, including annuals such as Lobelia, Pyrethrum and Golden Moss and succulents such as Echeveria and Sedum.
Geology
Princes Street Gardens, between the Old and New Towns, is in the very centre of Edinburgh's World Heritage Site. It has a landscape of outstanding refinement and cultural significance, with high geological and some botanical scientific interest. It is one of the New Town Gardens listed in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscape in Scotland, assessed as outstanding in terms of aesthetic, historical, architectural and scenic values. The Gardens lie within either the New Town or the Old Town Outstanding Conservation Areas, the boundary between the two areas being the north fence of the railway.
Public Toilets
East Princes Street Gardens (The Mound). 24hr access. Disabled only. All toilets for the disabled require a RADAR key for access.

West Princes Street Gardens (The Mound). Opening times: 10am-10pm. Gents only. No disabled access.

West Princes Street Gardens (Ross Band Stand). Opening times:10am-8pm (Summer only). Disabled access. All toilets for the disabled require a RADAR key for access.

West Princes Street Gardens (West End). Opening times: 10am-10pm. Disabled access. All toilets for the disabled require a RADAR key for access.
Visitor information
Please ensure that dogs are kept on leads at all times while visiting the gardens.
Management Plan
Download the gardens management plan
Facilities
Play area with ramp access
Cafe
Kiosks
Toilets
Seating
Opening hours
Princes Street Gardens opening times - the gates will gradually be closed about 1 hour before in order to safely clear the gardens. 1 January to 26 March - 7am to 6pm, West Gardens closing from 5:15pm and East Gardens from 5:35pm.
27 March to 23 April 7am to 7pm, West Gardens closing from 6:15pm and East Gardens from 6:35pm.
24 April to 28 May 7am to 8pm, West Gardens closing from 7:15pm and East Gardens from 7:35pm.
29 May to 27 August 7am to 10pm, West Gardens closing from 9:15pm and East Gardens from 9:35pm.
28 August to 24 September 7am to 8pm, West Gardens closing from 7:15pm and East Gardens from 7:35pm.
25 September to 29 October 7am to 7pm, West Gardens closing from 6:15pm and East Gardens from 6:35pm.
30 October to 31 December 7am to 6pm, West Gardens closing from 5:15pm and East Gardens from 5:35pm.
Contact Details
Princes Street
EH2 2HG
0131 529 7921
parks@edinburgh.gov.uk