The Meadows, Edinburgh
Although Edinburgh is a city, it’s a small city and you’re never far away from the many green spaces that surround it and lie within it. The main green space called The Meadows is probably the most used. Lying to the south of the city centre, it is surrounded by the beautiful areas of Marchmont and Bruntsfield and, of course. the gorgeous city centre of Edinburgh with all its tourist attractions as well as the University buildings and many cafes, shops and restaurants.
The Meadows is an important area and facility within the City of Edinburgh. If we look back in history up until around 1621 when Edinburgh’s piped water from Comiston was put in place, the loch that covered part of The Meadows provided much of the water for Edinburgh. After the piped water was established it was eventually drained and from that time it was steadily improved and turned into a place where people could meet and socialise and eventually, an act of parliament in 1827 made The Meadows a permanent place of recreation by protecting it from building development.
Over the years it has seen much activity. In the 1800’s it was the place where Hibs and Hearts football clubs played and in the second world war some of the space there was laid to allotments where crops were grown to help the city be more food independent.
Today, The Meadows is a very attractive recreation area. Any day of the week and all year round you can go to the meadows and see runners, dog walkers, cyclists and children using the park’s facilities.
What’s on in The Meadows?
The Meadows is host to many official events such as the The Meadows Festival. It hosts the start and finish point for the Edinburgh Moon Walk. You can also attend the Edinburgh Fringe Sunday at The Meadows and The Meadows Marathon. And, if you fancy a game of tennis there’s always the tennis courts there.
Of course, these are just some of the things going on at The Meadows but you can also feel free just to wander through and enjoy this green space for the beauty that it is.
Please enjoy The Meadows responsibly, take your rubbish home with you or deposit it in one of the many bins available and if you have a dog with you, please use poop bags to dispose of your dogs waste in the appropriate manner. Keep Edinburgh clean. x