greenyonder tours

Hidden Gardens of the Royal Mile

Chessels Court

Greenyonder's most popuar tour. Take an easy walking tour to discover a little-known side of Edinburgh's Old Town: behind the historic buildings find the surprising number of gardens and green 'nooks and crannies', all with a story to tell. 

You'll hear about grand gardens of the past, enjoy productive community gardens created by today's residents, and take a breather in a beautiful space laid out and planted as a 17th century Scots town garden.

'I've found the perfect event to calm the spirits. Two hours spent in brilliant sunshine on a guided tour of the public and community gardens tucked away out of sight on the
Royal Mile. The fascinating tales of social pioneers, slum clearance and
residents coming together to create community gardens held the group's attention
for two hours ... Despite visiting Edinburgh for 25 years I realise I've only scratched the
surface and hope to have another chance to explore this city in the company of" Dark Chat review, 2014

Tour Details

Public tours 2014:

Special public tours programme for the Edinburgh Fringe

Friday 1 August - Monday 25 August (inclusive)

every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 2.30 pm

See tour diary for all 2014 public tours by date.

Cost of public tours:

Public tours cost £10 per person. Advance booking is essential. Please book early to avoid disappointment, either here or through


Meet outside John Knox House (Scottish Storytelling Centre), 43 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR.


Tour lasts 1 hour 40 minutes, and covers up to one mile of mainly pavement walking; some slopes and cobbled surfaces. We finish at the Scottish Parliament.

Private bookings:

Private bookings for groups and individuals are welcome at times to suit you. Check here for more details.

If you'd like to book a private tour at a time to suit you, please phone 0131 558 8240 or email

Cost of private bookings:

Private group bookings cost £5 per person, with a minimum charge of £50. Private individual bookings £50.

For individuals and groups from 1 - 20. (Groups smaller than 10 people would share the minimum charge of £50.)

last updated 10 August 2014