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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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  • Leith is about 25-30 min from the Centre of Edinburgh. Coming from Old Town, we took the bus 35. On the way back, the 11 and the 22 lead to New Town-1.60 pounds a piece. The area of the docks was renewed, but particularly I found disappointing. Has a very large mall, with some restaurants. It's really go there to meet the actual ship Britannia
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  • Basically this area is the port of Edinburgh, including the Ocean Terminal shopping centre, suitable for a rainy day, and from where you can start your visit of the Royal Yacht Britannia! Not to be missed!
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  • In summary: maybe the period and the time were not the right ones: April and a.m.! In short, a disappointment, no one in sight, place unattractive. The only good thing was that I got the 22 bus on way out and 16 for the return. So we got to know a different area of Edinburgh, definitely popular and away from its medieval charm. If you have long or else you will fail. We must however get if you want to see the Royal Yacht Britannia.
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