Ross Fountain

Ross Fountain, Edinburgh: Address, Ross Fountain Reviews: 4.5/5

Ross Fountain
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Neighborhood: Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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Ged Connolly-Thompson
Chesterfield, UK435 contributions
Hidden gem
Aug 2021 • Friends
We would easily have missed this if it wasn’t for one of the tour guides on the hop on/off bus tours. Didn’t get to see the fountain in full flow, as it had been drained and was in the process of being cleaned, but lovely architecture.
Written September 1, 2021
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dundeetravellermrshc
Dundee, UK2,817 contributions
Beautiful Fountain
Aug 2021 • Couples
A beautiful fountain, located in the beautiful Princes Street Gardens. Beside the Pavillion Cafe Bar and Beer Garden and a bungee jump dome. Very popular with tourists taking photos. Worth a visit
Written August 30, 2021
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malc1005
Kettering, UK3,854 contributions
Lovely Fountain
May 2021
A lovely fountain, in Princes Gardens, where you can get some great background shots. Well worth a visit. Recommended.
Written May 27, 2021
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK4,130 contributions
One of the most photographed fountains in the world?
Oct 2020
The 19th Century Ross Fountain is located in the beautiful setting of Princes Street Gardens, at the West end.

Sculpted by artist Jean-Baptiste Jules Klagmann, the fountain is made of cast-iron and the ornate sculpture includes mermaids, walrus and lion heads, and cherubs. At the top are featured four female figures representing science, arts, poetry and industry.

The fountain was purchased on a whim by a local gun maker Mr Daniel Ross who saw it at the Great Exhibition of 1862 in London, and although he gifted it to the city, the people of Edinburgh didn't really want it. The overall feeling was that it was a tad gaudy and risque (bathing nymphs with bared breasts for goodness sake!) and the Church was particularly vocal in complaint.

Eventually however, the fountain was reconstructed and placed in its present position although, sadly, Mr Ross died before seeing it in situ.

Personally, I think it is a rather attractive piece and, with the Castle behind it, this previously unwanted fountain probably features in most photo sets you'll ever see of Edinburgh.
Written November 16, 2020
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williamskdn
Pontypridd, UK788 contributions
Amazing fountain
Aug 2020 • Couples
This is a great fountain and an amazing photo point for Edinburgh, with the castle in background also. The park in which is situated is also great for a picnic.
Written September 27, 2020
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bsandrs
Portsmouth, UK23,073 contributions
Delightfully Over The Top
Aug 2020
OK. We know that any fountain in Princes Street Gardens needs to be large scale, but this is a water sculpture on steroids. Made of cast iron in 1872 and restored in 2018, you either love it or hate it. We loved it. See the images in the garden with the Castle in the background and then from the Castle ramparts looking down.
Written August 13, 2020
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johnhp702
Derby, UK15,466 contributions
In need of repair
Jul 2020
Apparently it is in need of repair and I can see why, no water flowing, it is tatty and in need of some tlc.
Written July 25, 2020
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IAN D
Wigan, UK18,682 contributions
Nice fountain
Jan 2020 • Solo
I have no idea the history of this fountain but can say it looks beautiful and in a great location. The artwork is very impressive.
Written January 27, 2020
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itchyfeet2014
Glasgow, UK2,081 contributions
Wonderful fountain
Sep 2019
This fountain has one from being the ugly duckling of Princes Gardens o being the most splendid Swan. After years of neglect this fountain has been restored to its former glory and is now quite stunning and in full working order. I will walk past it far more often now. One to picnic next to for sure!
Written January 20, 2020
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rjaco70
Cumberland, RI8 contributions
Life Changing!!!!
Apr 2019 • Couples
Here, is where I proposed to my Love, Amanda. I don't think any more description is needed!!! The Princes Street Gardens are Beautiful!!
Written November 6, 2019
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