The Meadows remain one of the most important open spaces in Edinburgh and one of the most popular.
When Melville Drive was opened in 1859, as part of the South Side development, it brought a wave of popularity and, at weekends in particular, a steady progression of carriages brought the great and the good of the city to walk or play or picnic.
Over the centuries, The Meadows have provided Edinburgh’s sports men and women with a full range of activities, and when the great International Exhibition of Industry, Science and Art was held in the West Meadows during the summer of 1886, Edinburgh and its Meadows site were given worldwide recognition.
Situated just behind what was Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, and close to Edinburgh University, the Meadows remain as popular as ever and continue to be a major attraction for holding all kinds of events, from circuses to tented theatre.
Nowadays, the Meadows, along with Bruntsfield Links, have become a stunning urban green belt in the midst of one of the busiest areas in Edinburgh. Despite the proximity of busy shopping streets, the Meadows remain an area of beauty, and much beloved by locals and visitors alike. Sporting facilities include cricket squares, a croquet green and tennis courts plus the essential play areas for children.