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 in August - private bookings at other times.

Public tours 2015:

Public tours six times weekly during the Edinburgh Fringe. Tours start at 2.30pm every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday between Friday 7 - Monday 31 August 2015 (inclusive).

Cost of public tours:

Special offer: £5 on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11th August. Otherwise, tickets cost £10 per person. Available here, or through Advance booking is essential.


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 31 March 2015