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Parks: Meadows

By City of Edinburgh Council

Early February sun in the Meadows

By Contributor Rachel Cooney

Frosty morning in the Meadows

By Contributor Rachel Cooney

Meadows by Hazel Hall

By City of Edinburgh Council

Meadows by Hazel Hall

By City of Edinburgh Council

Meadows by Maria Peeva

By City of Edinburgh Council

Meadows by Maria Peeva

By City of Edinburgh Council

Meadows Cricket by D Henniker

By City of Edinburgh Council

Meadows by D Henniker

By City of Edinburgh Council

Meadows by L Lyle

By City of Edinburgh Council

By Contributor Tommy Stocks

By City of Edinburgh Council

Looking over the Meadows towards Bruntsfield Links June 2015

By Contributor Mike Shields

Early fog lifting

By Contributor Rachel

Spring Crocus on the Meadows

By Contributor Rachel

Background
The Meadows remain one of the most important open spaces in Edinburgh and one of the most popular. There's something for everyone with the biggest play area in the city, large grassed areas, tennis courts, cafe and toilets.
History and heritage
The park was once the site of the wind-swept Borough-Loch, which was part of the historic old Borough Muir, and one of the main water supplies for Edinburgh's old town. In 1722 the Loch was leased to Thomas Hope, who completed drainage, created a walkway, lined with hedges and trees. When Melville Drive was opened in 1859 as part of the South Side development, it brought a further wave of popularity for walks, picnics or play. As the City grew, the Edinburgh Improvement Act of 1827 stated that 'it should not be competent for the Lord Provost, Magistrates and Council, or any other person, without the sanction of Parliament obtained for the express purpose, at any time thereafter to erect buildings of any kind upon any part of the grounds called the Meadows or Bruntsfield Links so far as the same belongs in property to the Lord Provost, Magistrates and Council.'

In 1886, the International Exhibition of Industry, Science and Art was held in the Meadows, giving the site world-wide recognition.
Wildlife
Large flocks of starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) can be seen on the golf course links in the summer – with parents feeding their large brown chicks. In the winter, flocks of redwings descend on the Links and Meadows. These resemble thrushes but have a red breast and are surprisingly confident.
Public Toilets
Hope Park Crescent
Opening times: 10am-6pm.
Disabled access. All toilets for the disabled require a RADAR key for access.

Middle Meadow Walk
Opening times: 10am-6pm.
Baby changing facilities available.
No disabled access.
Visitor information
Lothian Buses: 24, 41, 42, 67
Facilities
Play areas (including the Magnet play area)Tennis
Cricket
Cafe
Toilets
Picnic tables
Croquet
Designated barbeque areas
Outdoor gym equipment
Seating
Wheelchair access
Get Involved
Friends of the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links
Contact Details
Melville Drive
EH9 9EX
0131 529 5151
southeast.locality@edinburgh.gov.uk
  • Monuments

  • Jawbone Arch

    The jawbone arch at the start of the pathway across the Meadows is formed by four whale jawbones placed vertically on a rough square and meeting at the top. The bones were...

  • Masons Pillars

    Two commemorative pillars at the West End of Melville Drive, erected in 1886 in connection with the International Exhibition opened in 6th May of that year by Prince Albert...

  • Middle Meadow Walk Gatepiers

    A pair of eight sided gatepiers each topped by a unicorn are found at the entrance to the Meadows on Middle Meadow Walk. On the right unicorn's ribbon it reads "Nisi Dominus...

  • Nelson Pillar

    The pillar at the East of The Meadows was erected in 1881 By T. Nelson and Sons in 'commemoration of the kindness and sympathy shown to them by the magistrates at the time of...

  • Sister Cathedral Fountain

    This marble memorial fountain is inscribed "Helen Acquroff Sister Cathedral 1889". On a raised band around the centre of the column it says, "Erected by members of the I.O.C.T...

  • Sundial, Meadows

    The sundial was erected in commemoration of the opening of the International Exhibition by Prince Albert victor of Wales on 8th May 1886. Shields on the sundial are carved with...

  • Play Areas

  • Magnet Playarea (East Meadows)