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Princes Street Gardens Edinburgh Architecture

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Princes Street Gardens

Princes Street Gardens in Winter – ‘Winter Wonderland’
Princes Street Gardens Edinburgh Winter Wonderland
photos © Adrian Welch

This green urban landscape is formed from two adjacent public parks in the centre of the Scottish capital city. The large public spaces are located just north of Edinburgh Castle.

View to HBoS building:
HBoS building HBoS building
photos © Adrian Welch

The Gardens were formed in the 1820s following the long draining of the Nor Loch and building of the New Town. This Georgian property development designed by architect James Craif began in the 1760s. the topography slopes down towards the main line railway that heads west out of the Scottish capital towards Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow.

Princes Street Shops

Doric Tavern – traditional Edinburgh Old Town bar near the gardens, on the south side of Market Street:
Doric Tavern
photo © Adrian Welch

The loch, situated on the north side of the town, was originally an artificial creation forming part of its medieval defences and made expansion northwards difficult. The water was habitually polluted from sewage draining downhill from the Old Town.

Princes Street in the rain:
Princes Street Edinburgh Princes Street Scotland Princes Street
images © Adrian Welch

Princes Street Edinburgh : Redevelopment / Masterplan

The gardens run along the south side of Princes Street and are divided by The Mound. The National Gallery of Scotland and the Royal Scottish Academy buildings are located on this land between the two parks.

East Princes Street Gardens run from The Mound to Waverley Bridge. They cover 8.5 acres (3.4 ha) in land area. The larger West Princes Street Gardens cover 29 acres (12 ha). It extends to the St. John’s Church and St. Cuthbert’s Church, near Lothian Road in the west.

Location: central Edinburgh, southeast Scotland, United Kingdom

Edinburgh Buildings

Scottish Capital City Building Designs – recent selection on this website:

Jenners – one of the most famous retail buildings in the Scottish capital city.

Princes St Shopping : Stores

Princes St Development : Vision

Princes Street Shopping : Comment

MFA Princes Street : Framework

Princes Street Buildings

Princes St Building Selection – major selection from this website:

Royal Scottish Academy
Royal Scottish Academy
picture © Adrian Welch
New Town RSA

Scott Monument
Scott Monument
photo © Adrian Welch
Scott Monument

Balmoral Hotel
Balmoral Hotel
image © Adrian Welch
Balmoral Hotel

Scottish Capital Buildings

Major New town buildings that are located close by:

New Town St James Centre
John Lewis Edinburgh
photo © Adrian Welch

Greenside Place
omni edinburgh
picture from architect

Hotels Edinburgh

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