We’ve definitely had a drier summer this year! Ok the sun hasn’t come out very often but it’s not been as wet as I remember it last year, which has given us plenty of time to explore and get out and about in the city. Here are the best parks we have visited in Edinburgh this year.
The Meadows Play Park
This place is always busy with the humming buzz of a children’s playground and it’s because it has so many great things to play on in it. There is a flying fox, bucket seat swings, a roundabout you have to pedal on, wooden ship fort, sand, diggers and so much more. There’s enough to keep your wee one entertained for hours. And then you have all the lovely open space of the meadows too. Popular for al-fresco picnics and barbecues with everyone when the weather is nice, as well as Frisbee, football and an array of team sports. Rounders anyone?
This is a hidden gem in Edinburgh with loads of green open space and stunning views of the Forth. Perfect for taking bikes and scooters or for going on a scavenger hunt. There are great trees for climbing, loads of different pathways to wander down and a very serene and tranquil Japanese garden for whiling some time and contemplating while the kids jump over stepping stones and explore. Adding to the gentile setting is a croquet lawn, which quite often has people playing on it when you visit. The parkland and grounds are free to visit but if you want to go into the castle there is a small admittance fee.
Princes St Gardens
The play park is at the west end of the gardens sitting under the impressive guard of the castle and has a great selection of apparatus to keep kids amused. This park has a real cosmopolitan feel, especially when the festival is on and you’ll here so many different languages spoken to all the children who are visiting. There are cafes and toilets right beside the park and you also have the whole of the gardens to wander. Go all the way to the other end to see the beautiful plant adorned working clock with cuckoo. Great for train lovers too as the trains go by regularly.
This is another great park with really great apparatus and loads of space to run about in. For older kids there is a well developed and well used skate and bmx park and little ones might want to try their scooters out here too, though it does get busy at times, so be careful. There is also a really lovely glass house to walk through with some very exotic plants, a formal walled garden with lovely clipped hedges and a rose garden. Saughton park has good car park facilities too. Plenty to occupy everyone for a nice day out.
Go here to feed the swans or even better take a remote control boat for on the boating pond. There is lots of green space to run around, cycle or scoot and there is a small play park too. If you fancy petanque then this is the park to come to as they have a petanque square. There is always someone handy to explain the rules and let you take a turn. Kids are also able to try out the tennis courts if no one is using them. This park is another favourite for team sports, so take a ball or a Frisbee and join in.