The Archivists' Garden Edinburgh

Image by Anson Clark

The Archivists’ Garden – Hidden green oasis

It’s well known by locals that the public records of Scotland are held in the 18th century General Register House at the east end of Edinburgh’s main street – Princes Street. Less well known is that hidden behind the building is a small courtyard garden.  

The garden aims to echo the role of its surroundings. It features 57 species planted in a flowing pattern to symbolise the random nature of memory contrasting with the ordered records held in the surrounding archive buildings. All plants have a link to Scotland and its history, such as the thistle, or to birth, marriage and death such as the yew tree, which is a common sight in Scottish graveyards. 

Apart from the interesting story to the planting scheme, I find it a great place to enjoy a quiet sandwich or coffee. It is very likely that you will be the only one there, despite crowds of shoppers being only a few metres away. There is also a small café accessed from the garden selling plenty snacks and drinks.

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Details about this spot



Princes Street 2, Edinburgh

Opening Times

Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00




Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)