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18 Best Parks & Playgrounds in and around Edinburgh

Here's a list of free parks and playgrounds recommended by parents in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Grouped by location, we have listed the attributes of each one so you can make the most of your visit.

These playgrounds are all, understandably, popular. If you can, it’s worth turning up at quiet times (e.g. at midday during the week) to ensure your preschooler can spread their wings!*


Central Edinburgh

Inverleith Park & The Royal Botanic Garden (The Botanics)

  • Large playground and extensive green space in Inverleith Park

  • Table tennis, tennis, extensive playing fields and exercise equipment (IP)

  • Duck pond (IP)

  • Coffee shops galore and toilets in Stockbridge and at the Botanics

  • Stockbridge library has a good range of children’s books & good facilities for baby changing

  • Lovely views of city skyline from the Botanics and IP

  • Plenty of benches/tables for relaxing/eating in IP

  • No dogs allowed in the Botanics so a toddler can roam easily


King George V Park

  • Cosy, so for playing, not walks!

  • Two play areas - one excellent for toddlers

  • Basketball court, table tennis

  • Connects to cycle path

  • Usually quiet

  • Short walk to Tesco and excellent coffee shops (Cuckoo’s Bakery, Brioche, The Bearded Baker etc.)


North Edinburgh

Victoria Park, Trinity

  • Varied, creative and attractive main play area

  • Separate (quiet/small) play area with equipment appropriate for under 2s

  • Views over to Arthur’s Seat and plenty of shady areas

  • JAC’s Coffee Van (most days weather permitting) & Sainsbury’s Local nearby

  • Plenty of picnic benches

  • Tennis, basketball and football areas

  • Connects to leafy cycle paths

  • Free on-street parking. Number 7, 11, 14, 21 bus


Leith Links

  • Two play areas; one designed for toddlers and juniors

  • Large climbing net for juniors and teenagers

  • Big open green space

  • Good toddler zone, sand play area with slide, pirate ship,

  • Range of climbing frames/swings, flying fox, dish type roundabout.

  • Natural play area with stilt walk & log stack

  • Proximity to good cafes (The Hideout, Twelve Triangles etc.)

  • Parkour, tennis courts

  • Wheelchair friendly activities

  • Park benches and tables