Queen Street Gardens

Sat, Jul 18, 2009

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A residential paradise for those who hold the key to its gates, Queen Street Gardens is largely a mystery to those who don’t live along or near the street it is named for.

A central, but hidden feature of Edinburghs Queen Street Gardens is the farm pond which has its own wee island.

A central, but hidden feature of Edinburgh's Queen Street Gardens is the farm pond which has its own wee island.

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An Elite History

The trees that line Queen Street Gardens shelter the grounds from the public eye, although it’s common knowledge within the city that those who live nearby are able to gain access to this privately-owned city treasure.

The powdery snow in Queen Street Gardens makes this secluded place even more magical.

The powdery snow in Queen Street Gardens makes this secluded place even more magical.

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Visitors may wonder what about Queen Street Gardens allows it the status of such private enjoyment, but they might be surprised to discover that for many years, Princes Street Gardens was subject to the same rules and regulations as this other, lesser-known garden.

While Princes Street Gardens became public through a default process, when a key-holder had their key stolen and it was copied and distributed among other residents. Queen Street Garden has had no such event in its history, and the gardens remain private to this day.

However on “Edinburgh Parks and Gardens Open Day” the Cockburn Association has previously offered the public access to Queen Street Gardens for one day and it is expected that more events are to follow in the future.

It would be easy to question why the park is not opened to the public permanently. As one walks along Queen Street, from East to West, enjoying the view of this secluded spot, one is struck by the deserted nature of the parklands and how infrequently one sees anyone taking advantage of this beautiful outdoor space. .

Queen Street Gardens are fenced in to maintain its exclusivity.

Queen Street Gardens are fenced in to maintain its exclusivity.

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In the end, Queen Street Gardens are largely a mystery to those who do not hold keys to their grounds (i.e., the greater portion of Edinburgh’s population) but remain a beautiful sight and an enticing area for exploration which many people enjoy from their outer boundaries. Queen Street Gardens are some of central Edinburgh’s most secluded spots, and will remain so in the foreseeable future.

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