Just opposite the library and a few minutes from the student unions, George Square Gardens are at the heart of Edinburgh University’s main campus. I really like the spot because it reminds me of post-exam relaxing in the sun (which happened about twice – we don’t get much sun up here) but it’s at its best during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, when it’s full of venues, bars and fast food stands, some of which are very decent. It’s definitely worth catching a performance at one of venues in or around the gardens, or even heading there for a post-show drink: the gardens are decorated with cute paper lanterns and host bars and a large outdoor seating areas, making them a great place to hang out during the festival season.
If you’re not in Edinburgh in August, the gardens are still worth a visit; the nice, relaxed atmosphere around the square makes it a great spot for a picnic on a sunny day. There’s also a small labyrinth-style pattern traced out on the grounds which is based on a 13th century design in Chartres, France, making the gardens a great place for some quiet wandering and peaceful contemplation. Who knows which eminent Edinburgh alumni or staff might have sat in the gardens and mulled over their pivotal works… Gordon Brown? Peter Higgs? Louise off of Made in Chelsea? We can only imagine.
George Square Gardens | Relaxing
Apr – Oct Mon – Fri 07:00 – 19:00 (later in Aug) | Nov – Mar 07:00 – 16:00