Dunbars Close Garden
Dunbars Close Garden
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Neighborhood: Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighborhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.
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vessi80
North Lanarkshire, UK1,128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
In Autumn sunshine with the Festival crowds wilted away, pick your botanic bench and enjoy a break in this faithfully recreated 17th century garden.
The spectacular summer roses gone but still plenty to enjoy.
The long border faces Panmure House once home to the economist Adam Smith.
The garden was donated to the city by the Mushroom Trust .
Written October 15, 2022
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Joasi23
South Yorkshire, UK1,779 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
What a beautiful hidden surprise . We have walked past the entrance many times unaware what was through the little alley . So pretty and lots of photo opportunities with an impressive backdrop . Have a ten min sit down heading up or down the royal mile , bliss
Written August 23, 2021
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Susan R
Mudgee, Australia177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We stumbled on this pretty garden when we caught a glimpse of it whilst walking on the Royal Mile. What a beautiful hidden gem, and now one of my favourite parts of Edinburgh. Quiet and serene, so lovely after the brash onslaught of the Royal Mile.
Written May 28, 2024
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JRMADA
United States3,326 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This is a beautiful small garden to escape the hustle of Old Town Edinburgh. It is good for a picnic or to sit and enjoy a moment of peace and quiet. We went there twice during Military Tattoo and were surprise to find it empty and had it all to ourselves.
Written August 18, 2022
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arpc29
Tampa, FL1,349 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Solo
I had read about this garden in an article on what to see in Edinburgh. You can get there via a regular bus or the hop-on hop-off buses if you get off at the Canongate Kirk stop. I knew it was near the Museum of Edinburgh so when I was there, I asked where it was. It is just down and across the street from that museum to the right of a Christmas store. Once you get near the entrance, you will see a plaque just inside the "tunnel" to the garden. I was there in the winter so the scenery was more stark than at other times of the year but it was still beautiful. I wandered about the garden with only a few other people coming through to appreciate its beauty. There are benches in the garden to sit and rest or think or just enjoy. It was a place of peace and quiet just off the bustling Royal Mile.
Written December 5, 2015
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Veronica B
Weston super Mare, UK204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
Walking up the Royal Mile towards the Castle we looked in at Dunbar's Close Garden,a small tranquil plot of land with plenty of seats laid out in 17th century style.
A delightful spot to enjoy and relax for a while away from the hustle and bustle.
The garden is near the Canongate Kirk – the local church for the Queen when she is staying in Edinburgh.
Written September 19, 2014
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Kate
London, UK225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Dunbars Close is hidden away from off Canongate. You would walk right past it if you weren't deliberately looking for it, which is why it is so magical and separate from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The garden is stunning and very quiet, making it a haven if you're looking for someone to have some peace in nature while in the city. It really is a hidden gem of Edinburgh. Located right across the street from the museum of Edinburgh and surrounded by many other closes and courts, its definitely in a very historic part of the city!
Written December 2, 2019
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Scotty102
Innerleithen, UK653 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
In the middle of the city it can often be impossible to find some real peace & quiet, but here you can find it and more. Lovely landscaped gardens, immaculately kept and clean. As good as it was in December, I can't wait until the summer to see everything in full bloom.
Written December 28, 2017
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Malgorzata
12,091 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019
Dunbar's Close's name was taken from the Edinburgh writer David Dunbar . He owned tenements on either side of this close in 1773 . Hidden within the close today is a garden laid out in the character of the seventeenth century. This is a beautiful, little garden tucked into the neighborhood. It gives visitors a feeling of peaceful seclusion and provides a comfortable refuge from the busy streets. Very peaceful little place the crowds aren't aware of. Great place to rest if you’ve been walking a lot , even during winter.
Written November 26, 2019
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LUCKY J
Orlando, FL694 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Dunbars Close Garden is the reason why traveling can be a unique and exciting adventure. While exploring the Royal Mile and all of the Closes that intertwine it thru-out Edinburgh we stumble across this Close. Once you enter into this Close off the Royal Mile the area explodes into a 17th century garden and you are humbled by it's quiet beauty. Jolly Chriss.
Written June 8, 2018
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