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The Meadows, Edinburgh

The Meadows is a large public park in Edinburgh, Scotland, just to the south of the city centre. Largely consisting of wide open grassland crossed by tree-lined paths, the park also has a children's playground, a croquet club, tennis courts and cricket pitches. It is bordered by the University of Edinburgh's George Square campus and the old Edinburgh Royal Infirmary complex 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. Its location makes it a popular route for travelling between the city centre and Marchmont.

The Meadows was originally a loch: the Burgh Loch or South Loch. The loch covered the area from approximately, to the east, Hope Park Terrace, to the west, where Melville Drive becomes Brougham Street, to the south, Melville Drive, and to the north the site of the Old Royal Infirmary, a total of 63 acres. Until Edinburgh's first piped water supply from Comiston arrived in 1621, the loch provided much of the town's drinking water.

It was partially drained in the mid-17th century and for a time named Straiton's Loch or Straiton's Park after the burgess who tried to improve the area. From 1722 century Sir Thomas Hope (c. 1681–1771), an agricultural improver and politician, ordered more drainage work, making the marshy land into a park with a path round the edge, hedges, avenues of lime trees, drainage canals and a summer house. The central tree-lined path known as Middle Meadow Walk followed, and for several decades maps labelled this area as "The Meadows or Hope Park". It is the traditional practice ground of the Royal Company of Archers whose meeting-place is nearby. In 1827 an act of Parliament protected the meadows from being built on.

Though animals were grazed there and notable Edinburgh citizens are known to have walked there, there was no full right of public access until the middle of the 19th century when new paths were gradually added criss-crossing the park. An exception to city council rules against building on the land was allowed for the large glass pavilion of the 1886 International Exhibition of Industry, Science and Art. The whale jawbones now forming an arch over the Meadows path called Jawbone Walk had originally decorated one of the exhibition's displays.

In the 1870s it became an important venue in the early development of football in Edinburgh. Amongst the numerous fledgling teams using the Meadows were Heart of Midlothian F.C. and Hibernian F.C., later to prove the city's preeminent sides, and the first derby match between them was staged there on 25 December 1875. Although a modern plaque has been placed near the whalebone arch to commemorate the event, the main pitch was actually on the eastern fringe of the park, running from east to west, parallel with the Boroughloch Brewery.

The Second World War brought more than 500 allotments to the east end of the Meadows as part of the effort to make the nation more self-sufficient in food. By 1950 many local residents wanted the area re-turfed, but it was 1966 before the last signs of vegetable cultivation were removed.
In the late 1960s, plans to complete a "flyover" over the Meadows for a trunk road were defeated.



Creelers (Fish Restaurant) - Located in Edinburgh’s Old Town, Creelers was founded by Tim and Fran James who run it personally. Tim also looks after the Arran Smokehouse and the sourcing of the seafood sold by the restaurants.http://www.creelersofarran.co.uk/

Grainstore (Scottish Restaurant) - Provides the best of Scotland's Produce. http://www.grainstore-restaurant.co.uk

Amber Restaurant (Scottish Restaurant) - Amber is a traditional Scottish restaurant in Edinburgh, offering the best in regional cuisine. They bring you the finest Scottish food made from the best of ingredients, complimented by the widest selection of malt whiskies. http://www.grainstore-restaurant.co.uk

The Apartment (LOCAL Restaurant) - Ten years after first opening and galvanising the contemporary dining scene in Edinburgh in an impressively long heyday, the Apartment has been made over. Aiming to craft an old-school, bohemian Parisien brasserie with a contemporary stamp, owner Malcolm Innes has taken down walls, lifted ceilings and opened up the front. Where once there was sisal and pine, there's now oak and dark red walls, with low-hanging lamps and slow-turning fans giving the place a conspiratorial, sultry feel. Out too have gone the skewers and beetroot pittas: now it's rustic, classical food from baked duck egg or salmon and crab rillette to various slow-cooked choices such as braised shin of beef or coq au vin.

Falko Konditormeister (LOCAL cafe). http://www.falko.co.uk/

The Olive Branch Bistro (LOCAL restaurant). http://www.theolivebranchscotland.co.uk/

Cafe Grande (LOCAL restaurant). http://www.cafegrande.co.uk

David Bann (VEGETARIAN restaurant). http://www.davidbann.com



Visit Scotland Visitors Website - events, wonderful wildlife, amazing attractions and activities, fun for all the family, and of course, the greatest golf going: there's just so much to see and do in Edinburgh! For a fully comprehensive guide, see the website below. www.visitscotland.com/guide

Murrayfield Rugby Stadium - Murrayfield stadium is the home of the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU), and is primarily used as a venue for rugby union and hosts most of Scotland's home test matches, as well as the Edinburgh Sevens, the Scottish Hydro Electric Cup final, as well as Magners League and Heineken Cup matches. The stadium is considered an icon of Scottish rugby. www.scottishrugby.org

Royal Yacht Britannia - This magnificent ship has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. But, above all, she was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. Now in Edinburgh you are welcome on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences. www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk

Modern Art Galleries - Home to Scotland’s outstanding national collection of modern and contemporary art, the Modern Art Galleries include the Gallery of Modern Art and the nearby Dean Gallery. www.nationalgalleries.org

Edinburgh Tattoo - The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an annual Military tattoo given by British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and International military bands and display teams in the Scottish capital Edinburgh. The event takes place annually in August, as part of the Edinburgh Festival (a collective name for many independent festivals and events in Edinburgh in August). www.edintattoo.co.uk

Edinburgh Castle - Starting at the top of the town, Edinburgh Castle is a must see for every visitor. It has a fascinating history, but what makes it really special are the views in every direction. Next to the castle, the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre aims to bring 300 years of Scotch Whisky history to life. This interactive visitor attraction, allows you to experience whisky sights, sounds and smells, and gives the opportunity to discover how whisky is made. www.historic-scotland.gov.uk

Real Mary King’s Close - Beneath the Royal Mile lies a warren of concealed streets where real people lived, worked and died in bygone centuries. Step back in time at The Real Mary King’s Close to walk through these hidden closes, some of which have never before been open to the public. www.realmarykingsclose.com

Edinburgh Dungeon - witch-hunters, grave-robbers, murderers, cannibals, executioners - you will find them all here, along with their wretched victims. www.thedungeons.com

Camera Obscura- enjoy the fascinating Camera Obscura Show, fantastic views of Edinburgh, and three galleries packed full of an amazing range of optical experiences which have been amusing visitors of all ages and nationalities since 1853. www.camera-obscura.co.uk/

National Museum of Scotland - the Museum of Scotland is a building which, together with the adjacent Royal Museum, comprises the National Museum of Scotland. It is dedicated to the history, people and culture of Scotland. The museum is on Chambers Street, in central Edinburgh. It is part of the National Museums of Scotland. Admission is free. www.nms.ac.uk

Our Dynamic Earth - an interactive visitor centre taking you on a thrilling journey back in time to learn about our planet Earth. www.dynamicearth.co.uk

Royal Botanic Gardens - The Botanics captures the imagination of everyone who visits and is world renowned for its horticultural excellence. Over 70 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds provide a tranquil haven just one mile from the city centre. www.rbge.org.uk

Scottish Parliament - The Scottish Parliament Building is the home of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, within the UNESCO World Heritage Site in central Edinburgh. Located next door to the Palace of Holyrood. www.scottish.parliament.uk

Auld Reekie Tours - continuing into the underworld, you might want to experience one of Edinburgh's Ghost Tours with Auld Reekie Tours. The gory, the ghoulish, the sinister and the haunted, creepy Underground Vaults - "possibly the most haunted place in Britain!" www.auldreekietours.com

Edinburgh Festival Theatre - the Festival Theatre Edinburgh hosts an all year round programme of music, dance, comedy, ballet, family shows, opera and musicals. www.eft.co.uk

Traverse Theatre - Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre is Scotland's new writing theatre, with a record of excellence since 1963. With quality, award-winning productions and programming, the Traverse receives accolades at home and abroad from audiences and critics alike. www.traverse.co.uk





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