Princes Street Gardens
The Princes Street Gardens is a public park shadowed by the great Edinburgh Castle in the cities centre. The grand gardens, created in two phases, first in the 1770's and then added to in the 1820's, run parallel to Princes Street along the south side. The garden is divided into two sections, with Edinburgh's famous 'The Mound' - an artificial hill created in the centre of Edinburgh - running through the middle. The park itself covers a spacious 37.5 acres, with 8.5 acres in the East Princess Gardens, and the other larger West Princess Gardens encompassing the other 29.
The gardens contain many monuments and statues for the appreciation of the general public, and the scenery is some of the most beautiful and idyllic to be found in the City. Attractions include the prominent Royal Scots memorial in the eastern gardens, a spire in the Gothic style built in 1844 to honour Sir William Scott a well respected Judge and fellow of the Royal Society.
In the winter, every year, the gardens are transformed into the wonderful 'Winter Wonderland' where a variety of amusement park rides are installed such as a ferris wheel, often dubbed the 'Edinburgh Eye', where one may view the majesty of the beautiful gardens light up at night.