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Leith, Edinburgh

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Leith Links is the principal open space within Leith, the docks district of Edinburgh, Scotland. This public park extends to. In its current form it is divided into two main areas, a western section and an eastern section, by Links Gardens both being largely flat expanses of grass bordered by mature trees. Historically it covered a wider area extending north as far as the shoreline of the Firth of Forth. This area of grass and sand-dunes was formerly used as a golf links.Current usesThe west section of the park contains children's play areas, football pitches and, in the north-west corner, three public bowling greens and new tennis and petanque courts. In the east section an informal cricket pitch has existed since 1826. It is used by Leith Franklin Academicals Beige cricket club which, taking its name from Benjamin Franklin, was established in 1852 as the Leith Franklin cricket club. The club has a clubhouse outside, but adjacent to, the park next to the Seafield Bowling Club's enclosed lawn bowls bowling green (from 1860) and clubhouse also outwith the park. In the first week of June, Leith Festival Gala Day is held here. The Edinburgh Mela (since 2010) is held on the Links in late AugustPrevious usesHistorically the park contained a Victorian bandstand, a pond for model yachts, and was used for annual events such as pageants. Leith Races were held on Leith Sands at the edge of the original links.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Get a bus or taxi. Head to "The Shore" for a walk. OK it has a rough edge but what port doesn't. Lots of very good places to eat and drink. Something new opens each year.  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    We spent a week in one of the new dockside apartments that have sprung up during the regeneration of the area over the last 20 years. We used Leith as a base to explore Edinburgh during the festival -...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    We walked to Leith from our apartment in Stockbridge, and it was a pleasant walk through woods and along the river. The walks along the waterfront in Leith are also very pleasant, but it is clear that...  more »

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