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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 town 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 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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  • Very beautiful and interesting Park for a walk. It was a beautiful day and you just want to stay there. See if enough people practicing sports, is very busy.
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  • Nice for a picnic on a sunny day. Has a children play ground area, close to the royal mile and the main attractions. Enjoyed the morning jogging. 
  • Does not fail to go for a walk a little by The Meadows. It is nice and if the climate is ideal for a picnic or simply lie in the Sun. There are young, students, people doing activity physical, some guitar. The atmosphere is quiet and it is good to read a good book.
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  • Gorgeous, lovely for a walk. Just don't walk around in the middle of the night alone as apparently there have been some attacks on women. During the day it is lovely though.
  • It hardly needs description. Possibly one of the best parks in Edinburgh. It is a local meeting point for a broad range of people, from those who want to go for a run to those organising cricket games. Definitely worth having a BBQ during spring/summer months!
  • What else can I say about the meadows!? It's a great open area to do a bit of everything. You will see people running, cycling around it, playing football, having picnics, bbq's, performing acrobatics, reading books,rehearse for other events and even fire performances on a monday night when it gets dark. In the summer, that's where everyone is at. There are usually festivals with music and food, and lots of stalls on certain occasions where you can buy antiques and used house items or clothes. There is even an anually fun fair with all the rides you'd expect to see on one.
  • A one time home to every University of Edinburgh student! Watch out for the BBQ police and enjoy responsibly. Great for a run or walk, and it has a magnetic pull on a sunny day. It is of course a key arterial route for those commuting on foot or by bike.
  • It's just great to lay down on the grass during sunny days. Lots of kids playing in summer, barbecues and fun!