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The Meadows, Edinburgh

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The Meadows is a large public park in Edinburgh, Scotland, to the south of the city centre. It consists largely of open grassland crossed by tree-lined paths, but also has a children's playground, a croquet club, tennis courts and recreational sport pitches. It is bordered by the University of Edinburgh's George Square campus, the George Square Theatre and the Quartermile development on the site of the old Edinburgh Royal Infirmary to the north and Marchmont to the south. To the south-west it becomes Bruntsfield Links where there is a free, public pitch and putt golf course.HistoryThe Meadows originally contained a loch, known as the "burgh loch" or, later, the "South Loch". It covered much of the area bounded in the east by Hope Park Terrace and in the west by the point where Melville Drive becomes Brougham Street, and in the south by Melville Drive and in the north by the site later occupied by the Old Royal Infirmary, a total of 63acre. The loch drained from east to west, where the burn known as the Loch-rin was sluiced to prevent the water from draining out. It is from this burn that the street names Lochrin Buildings and Lochrin Place in Tollcross derive. Until Edinburgh's first piped water supply from Comiston arrived in 1621, the loch provided much of the town's drinking water.
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  • I have been to Edinburgh twice, June 2016 and October 2017, and I absolutely adore the Meadows. I believe it is undervalued. This is a beautiful green space where people lounge on the lawn and have sm...  more »
  • Green oasis in the middle of the old town, not to be missed on a sunny day to relax for a moment or have a picnic at lunchtime. Recommended!  more »
  • The Meadows are a favourite of mine on New Year’s eve. The park is huge and never seems full. There’s frost on the ground and at this time of year all thought of 3 stroke golf is long forgotten. Now e...  more »
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  • Great park to chill out and relax. Its well maintained and super popular given its location and proximity to Edinburgh University. If it's a sunny day and you fancy going down for a bbq, I'd arrive early as you'll find most of the city seem to have the same idea.
  • One of my favourite places in Edinburgh. A space which is open to all, surrounded by some sophisticated neighbourhoods with great coffee shops. Comes alive on the rare hot sunny days when everyone is out with their disposable barbecues.
  • Love It here. Huge green space with lots going on. If you're in the middle it's really quite. Very clean also
  • Great place for outdoor activities. I regularly train here. There is a playground and tennis court also right next to it.
  • Cool place to hang out and chill with friends as a student. Lots of activity going on, and connects the more quiet neighbourhoods of Edinburgh with the raucous campus. Great for running as well.

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