For citizens of Edinburgh and visitors alike, the Gardens provide a place to relax, unwind, have a wander and take in the views. Sometimes, if the weather is inclement for example, you might want to take advantage of the many places to go, things to see, and places to eat and drink that Edinburgh has to offer. Here’s 5 suggestions within 5 minutes of the Gardens to help you choose.
Edinburgh Castle (https://www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk/)
This might seem an obvious choice but when you have sat on the grassy slopes in the Gardens and gazed up at the iconic castle rock, it can be difficult to tear yourself away to take a look around and see the view in reverse but you’d be missing out finding out all about Edinburgh’s most iconic monument. Be sure to see the firing of the One O’Clock Gun.
Scottish National Gallery (https://www.nationalgalleries.org/visit/scottish-national-gallery)
Located on the Mound, the Scottish National Gallery is another building that adds grandeur to Edinburgh’s architectural heritage and is the place to go to see works from masters like Vermeer, Van Gogh and Monet amongst many. From West Princes Street Gardens, take the exit by the floral clock and simply cross the road.
Museum on the Mound (https://museumonthemound.com/)
In what was once the headquarters of Bank of Scotland, the magnificent building just a short stroll up the Mound from the Gardens is now home to Museum on the Mound. With fascinating exhibitions around money and how it has been shaped and evolved over time, the history
Edinburgh Farmer’s Market (http://www.edinburghfarmersmarket.co.uk/)
Located on the upper floor of the NCP Car Park in the shadow of the Castle Rock, this weekly market showcases the very best of local produce. Have a wander round and fill up your picnic basket before taking your goodies down to the Gardens to enjoy.
The Ivy on the Square (https://theivyedinburgh.com/)
It may only be a recent addition to Edinburgh’s dining scene but being open for breakfast right the way through until late means no matter whether you’ve had a big breakfast or a decadent lunch, you can take a short stroll down into and around the Gardens to help digest!