Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh

Princes Street Gardens

Lying between Edinburgh Castle and the popular shopping streets of the city, Princes Street Gardens provide a welcome and relaxing break for visitors and locals looking for an oasis of calm in the heart of Scotland’s bustling capital. You will find some of Edinburgh’s most exciting entertainment here, including Edinburgh’s iconic Christmas Market, fairground rides and summer music performances with firework displays.

Some of the simple pleasures in Edinburgh city centre include taking a gentle stroll through the gardens’ beautiful flowerbeds in spring, or stopping for a coffee at one of its quaint kiosks or cafes. You will find the Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh is perfectly located for access to the peace and relaxation that Princes Street Gardens offer.

Surrounded by culture

Princes Street Gardens runs alongside Princes Street, Edinburgh’s main shopping street. If you feel you have shopped ‘til you’re ready to drop, take a relaxing stroll or a short rest across the road on one of the many benches that line the gardens. If you have climbed down the Royal Mile after seeing Edinburgh’s world-famous castle, you can stop for lunch there by the grand Scott Monument.

The Royal Scottish Academy and the National Gallery of Scotland lie between the two sections of Princes Street Gardens – centrally located for culture all year round. During Edinburgh’s international festival, the Gardens are a picturesque meeting point for the surrounding venues.

Music and fireworks

Throughout the year, Princes Street Gardens plays hosts to entertainment and key events. During winter, the Christmas Market which takes residence in its paths spreads festive cheer towards the east end as an ice rink, international food and drink, and amusement park rides attract large crowds. The Ferris wheel offers beautiful views over Edinburgh’s Christmas lights.

The Edinburgh Festival in August goes out with a bang every year, and those lucky enough to be in the capital for its finale will see the spectacular fireworks display. The concert can be enjoyed best from Princes Street Gardens, where the music is played live, just a 5-minute walk from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh.