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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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  • My experience was unforgettable because my dog went up a hedge pole and then disappeared. My business partner was surprised and shocked.  more »
  • In the heat of Edinburgh there are fine spots to relax. Arthur Seats...Hollyrood park and ... The Meadows...  more »
  • The local park where people hang out for picnic, football, running, etc. Nice in the sun though not specific for Edinburgh  more »
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  • The park is fun and a great place to meet. During the summer the meadows are filled with barbecues from students and tourists alike giving it an undeniable atmosphere. On the winter the grass is crisp and is a great place for joggers, families and everyone else. I highly recommend going here.
  • A lovely place to have a nice walk and enjoy the views. It is also great if you want to exercise. During spring is particularly beautiful because of the cherry blossom. It is very popular to have bbq there in summer when the weather is good.
  • Beautiful park with a magnificent lawn and excellent views of buildings nearby. A great play to throw frisbee are lay on a blanket. One of the more pleasant places we visited on our trip to Europe.
  • A lovely green space in the middle of the city! The Meadows is a great spot if you want to play tennis, have a picnic or go for a jog. While the park is extremely popular on sunny days, there's always enough space to relax or have a BBQ.
  • Nice green parkland in the middle of Edinburgh. Playground area and plenty of space for sports. Can be very busy on nice days. Often festivals and other events on.

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