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West Port Garden

Door open days

29 September 2018 (11.00 - 16.00)

30 September 2018 (11.00 - 16.00)


The West Port Garden opened in 1910, inspired by pioneer ecologist Patrick Geddes, whose vision was to create green spaces among the Old Town slums, where children could play safely and experience the natural world through gardening.A century on, after years of neglect, local residents are renewing Geddes' vision by creating a green space for everyone to enjoy, terraces on the steeply sloping site provide flower gardens, vegetable plots and play areas for children.

This garden poses great historic importance to the city - being one of Patrick Geddes Old Town Gardens. The garden was intended to give families and children of the neighbourhood an outdoor space to play, explore and enjoy. Now owned by The City of Edinburgh, this garden is still in use as a space for the locals today.

YOYP: West Port Garden encourages the youth to become involved in gardening and learning new skills, such as growing their own food. Friendly, expert advice available.


Key Information

Activities: Guided tours, lectures/talks, gardening.


Where to find us

  • Grassmarket
  • Edinburgh
  • EH1 2HJ