Panorama taken in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh. This image shows the main path through the gardens in an area lined by trees. There is a great view up to Edinburgh Castle at the top of the hill, a good example of how formidable the fortifications are.
Princes Street Gardens - Edinburgh visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Princes Street Gardens' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Lothian.
Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh run along the southern edge all the shops and hotels on Princes Street, below the crags of Castle Mount and Edinburgh Castle (visible on top of the hill). The gardens are a great place to relax and are popular with locals at lunchtime. The One O'clock Gun fired from Edinburgh Castle is heard from the park.
The area occupied by Princes Street Gardens used to be a lake called Nor' Loch, and acted as a rubbish tip in Edinburgh. The loch was drained and park built in the 1820s during the construction of Edinburgh New Town. The railway arrived here in the 18409's and Waverley Station opened in its present form in 1854.
The gardens are devided into two parts by The Mound, the road that ascends to the Old City. To the east of this are the National Gallery of Scotland, Royal Scottish Academy and Scott Monument. It is overlooked by the Edinburgh Tourist Information Centre.
West Princes Street Gardens is the larger section, covering 29 acres from The Mound to the boundaries of both St. John's and St. Cuthbert's churches, near Lothian Road. It contains the Ross Fountain, a Grade B listed fountain.
Princes Street Gardens are popular places to celebrate Hogmanay and host a 'Winter Wonderland' around Christmas time when the gardens are transformed into a Christmas Market with an ice rink and various rides.