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The Meadows

One of Edinburgh’s largest public parks is an attractive open space with tree-lined walkways, picnic areas and sporting facilities.

Jog, sprint, skate, cycle, or walk through The Meadows, a large, popular public park. This vast open space used to be a loch that supplied much of the city’s drinking water. Drained in the early 1700s and converted into parkland, it has been a favorite escape for Edinburgh’s citizens ever since.

Go for a stroll along Middle Meadow Walk, the park’s central tree-lined path. Stop off at one of the cafés at the top of the walkway. There is also a small collection of shops here. If you are on two wheels or have your skates or rollerblades with you, take advantage of the park’s network of cycling lanes.

Show off your sporting prowess at the park’s numerous sports fields and courts. Play a round of golf on the course in the upper part of The Meadows that’s open to everyone. Whether you are a novice, expert or just curious about the sport, play a game of croquet at The Meadows Croquet Club at the park’s west end. For further details, including the times when the public can use the facilities here, visit the club’s official website. For a more energetic pursuit, work up a sweat on one of the 16 tennis courts.

There is plenty of open space for children to run around and play games, but if they haven’t burned off their energy take them to one of the park’s three play areas.

Picnicking is a popular park activity when the weather is fine. The Meadows has vast flat expanses of lawns to spread out on. There are also a number of picnic tables.

The Meadows lies to the south of the city center and is next to the Edinburgh University campus at George Square. Several bus routes pass close by and there is metered street parking.

The park is open 24 hours a day every day of the week.


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The Balmoral Hotel
The Balmoral Hotel

The Balmoral Hotel

1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in New Town, this luxury hotel is steps from Waterloo Place and Princes Street. George Street and Edinburgh Dungeon are also within 5 minutes. Edinburgh Waverley Station is only a 4-minute walk and Edinburgh Haymarket Station is 24 minutes.

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    Novotel Edinburgh Centre

    Novotel Edinburgh Centre

    80 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Meadows, Grassmarket, and Royal Mile. University of Edinburgh and Usher Hall are also within 10 minutes. Edinburgh Haymarket Station is 15 minutes by foot and Edinburgh Waverley Station is 17 minutes.

      ibis Edinburgh Centre Royal Mile – Hunter Square
      ibis Edinburgh Centre Royal Mile – Hunter Square

      ibis Edinburgh Centre Royal Mile – Hunter Square

      6 Hunter Square, Edinburgh, Scotland
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps from City Chambers, Royal Mile, and Princes Street. Real Mary King's Close and St. Giles' Cathedral are also within 5 minutes. Edinburgh Waverley Station is only a 3-minute walk and Edinburgh Haymarket Station is 28 minutes.

        The Scotsman Hotel
        The Scotsman Hotel

        The Scotsman Hotel

        20 North Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Old Town, this boutique hotel is steps from City Art Centre, Princes Street, and Royal Mile. Edinburgh Dungeon and Real Mary King's Close are also within 5 minutes. Edinburgh Waverley Station is only a 2-minute walk and Edinburgh Haymarket Station is 28 minutes.

          Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian
          Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

          Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

          Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in West End, this luxury hotel is steps from Edinburgh Gin Distillery and Princes Street. George Street and Usher Hall are also within 5 minutes. Edinburgh Haymarket Station is 11 minutes by foot and Edinburgh Waverley Station is 17 minutes.

            Leonardo Edinburgh City
            Leonardo Edinburgh City

            Leonardo Edinburgh City

            79 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Old Town, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), Royal Mile, and Edinburgh Castle. St. Giles' Cathedral and Princes Street Gardens are also within 1 mi (2 km). Edinburgh Haymarket Station is 14 minutes by foot and Edinburgh Waverley Station is 18 minutes.

              VIP Apartments
              VIP Apartments

              VIP Apartments

              Simpson Loan, EH3 9GE, Edinburgh, Scotland
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Edinburgh, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of The Meadows and University of Edinburgh. Grassmarket and Princes Street are also within 10 minutes. Edinburgh Waverley Station is 14 minutes by foot and Edinburgh Haymarket Station is 22 minutes.

                Grassmarket hotel
                Grassmarket hotel

                Grassmarket hotel

                94-96 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, Scotland
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps from Witchery Tours, Grassmarket, and The Hub. Royal Mile and Princes Street are also within 5 minutes. Edinburgh Waverley Station is 9 minutes by foot and Edinburgh Haymarket Station is 19 minutes.