One of Edinburgh’s most defining features is the intricate maze of cobblestoned, labyrinthine alleyways called ‘closes’ that riddle the old town. The majority of these are found off the most historical street in town (The Royal Mile) which links former royal residences Hollyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle. One of my biggest recommendations to anyone visiting the city is to explore these alleys, follow them, get lost and you never know what hidden gems you might discover.
One such hidden treasure is the Scottish Poetry Library. It is located just off the Royal Mile and is nearby to another hidden spot the Dunbar Close Garden. To read more on the garden check out Anson’s article: Dunbar’s Close Garden – A secret Royal Mile Jewel.
The Scottish Poetry Library is located in a strikingly modern building in the most historical part of town, but it is easy to walk past without ever knowing it’s there. It is a refuge of peace from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
It goes without saying that this is the perfect place for poetry lovers. Anyone is free to browse their extensive collection of poetry books which range from local writers to international poets and their dedicated children’s section. Come in and settle down with a book in one of the many reading nooks, study or just enjoy a little downtime. They host talks, exhibitions and poetry events throughout the year so check out their schedule to see what’s on when you’re here.