Charlotte Square Gardens
This pleasent, leafy green space located at the heart of the historic New Town is an oasis of tranquility. Like many of the Georgian gardens in Edinburgh's New Town these private gardens are normally off-limits to the general public although periodically open for special events like Doors Open Day and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. In August the marquees go up and Charlotte Square Gardens becomes a kind of tented, literary village with book readings, meet-the-author events and discussions between writers from all backgrounds. There's a cafe, book shop, and garden area to sit out on if the weather's good. The Gardens central location and the compact nature of the Book Festival makes it well worth a visit. Entrance is free. Events are usually ticketed.
Charlotte Square was mostly designed according to plan by celebrated New Town architect Robert Adam who died in 1792 without ever seeing his vision completed years later. Charlotte Square, which is located at the West End of George Street, is mirrored by St Andrew's Square at the East end of George Street. The gardens are surrounded by buildings of historical note including the First Minister of Scotland's Official Residence and the big green domed building of West Register House. The National Trust's Georgian House at 7 Charlotte Square offers a window into 18th century living with its neo-classical design and period furnishings on 3 floors.
The large statue in the middle of the gardens commemorates Prince Albert, the Royal Consort to Queen Victoria, and was unveiled by the Victoria herself. Heavy wrought-iron fence normally closes off the gardens.
The gardens were originally called George Square, but were renamed after George III's queen and first daughter to avoid confusion with George Square in the South of the city.
Reviews of shows here
- What future for China and Central Asia?, EIBF 2012, Review (04 Sep '12)
- Kate Summerscale, EIBF 2012, Review (04 Sep '12)
- Val McDermid and Sue Black, EIBF 2012, Review (02 Sep '12)
- Re-thinking the Union - A Summary of the Three Debates, EIBF 2012 (29 Aug '12)
- Re-thinking the Union (Part 3), EIBF 2012, Review (29 Aug '12)
- John McCarthy: Captivity, Fame and Surviving Freedom, EIBF 2012, Review (29 Aug '12)
- Jonathan Steele: One War That Might Never Be Won, EIBF 2012, Review (28 Aug '12)
- Saul David - Soldiering On, EIBF 2012, Review (28 Aug '12)
- Both My Fathers Were Spies, EIBF 2012, Review (27 Aug '12)
- Jeremy Vine: This is the Old News, EIBF 2012, Review (27 Aug '12)
- Jeremy Paxman: What Ruling the World did to the British, EIBF 2012, Review (26 Aug '12)
- Wilbur Smith: Africa, Oil and a $20 Billion Ransom, EIBF 2012, Review (25 Aug '12)
- Alistair Darling: Bringing Britain Back from the Brink, EIBF 2012, Review (25 Aug '12)
- Stefan Collini - What is the Point of Universities?, EIBF 20112, Review (25 Aug '12)
- Ian Garden: The Amazing Nazi Movie Machine, EIBF 2012, Review (24 Aug '12)
- Joe Simpson: Staring Death in the Face, EIBF 2012, Review (23 Aug '12)
- Anna Reed: A Second World War Tragedy, EIBF 2012, Review (23 Aug '12)
- Peter Millar: Havana and Hell, EIBF 2012, Review (23 Aug '12)
- Re-Thinking The Union (Part 2): Would an Independent Scotland Lose its International Influence? EIBF 2012 Review (22 Aug '12)
- What Does a Superstar Chef Cook at Home? - EIBF 2012 Review (22 Aug '12)
10 Aug 2013 (All day) - 26 Aug 2013 (All day)