18 Best Parks & Playgrounds in and around Edinburgh

We have created 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 toddler can roam easily



 

King George V Park

  • Cosy, so for playing, not walks!

  • Two play areas - one excellent for toddlers

  • Long hillside slide

  • 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 nearby or number 7/11 buses

  • Wooden Toys Edinburgh nearby (Ferry Road)



 

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



 

South Edinburgh


Seven Acre Park, Liberton

  • Enclosed playground

  • Green space

  • Horses to look at

  • Plenty of benches

  • Woodland walks with wood carvings

  • Table tennis, small football pitch

  • Views over city to Arthur’s seat



 

Spylaw Park

  • Riverside park

  • Large, enclosed playground

  • Attractive trees (mature redwoods, monkey puzzle and hollys)

  • Picnic areas

  • Parking available off Bridge Road



 

West Edinburgh


Saughton Park

  • Big, colourful & creative play area with large sand pit

  • Zip wire and plenty of games

  • Playing fields/green space

  • Stunning formal gardens to explore

  • Popular cafe with indoor and outdoor seating (The Garden Bistro)

  • Picnic area

  • Toilets/ baby changing

  • Biggest skate board park in Scotland

  • Sheltered bandstand



 


St Margaret’s Park, Corstorphine

  • Small play area

  • Plenty of running space

  • Stunning views over the Pentland Hills

  • Plenty of coffee places on the high street (The Village Cafe, Cafe Vigo, Mimi’s)

  • Tennis



 

Cramond Walled Garden

  • Community play space for toddlers and juniors

  • Set in the beautiful walled garden by a Roman fort

  • Play ship, multiplay unit for older children, large rotating net

  • Goal/basketball unit



 

Cramond Bridge Playpark

  • Shetland ponies in neighbouring field

  • Car park

  • Nice walk through woods to river



 

East Lothian


Ormiston Playpark, Ormiston

  • Designated toddler area

  • Great variety of attractive, colourful play equipment

  • Equipment suitable for disabled

  • Basketball court, small skatepark

  • Impressive pump track suitable for pre-schoolers

  • On-street parking

  • Facilities in nearby library



 


Lauderdale Park, Dunbar

  • Fantastic, sizeable playpark for toddlers and young kids

  • Good range of equipment incl. climbing frames, slides, sand pits, see-saws

  • Large grassy area

  • Well maintained walled gardens and tree carvings

  • Cafe in former bowling pavilion (Wishing Tree by the Sea)

  • Plenty of outdoor benches



 

Yellowcraig Play Park

  • Woodland play area

  • Proximity to stunning, extensive beach

  • Car park

  • Sizeable facilities

  • Usually ice cream van



 

Musselburgh Beach Children’s Play Area

  • Sand park

  • Proximity to cafes, library (12 minute walk), facilities



 

West Lothian

Muiravonside Country Park (40 min. drive from central Edinburgh)

  • Outdoor play area

  • Farm with livestock and birds

  • Woodland, walking trails, river

  • Picnic areas

  • Good facilities and cafe

  • Car parking

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Beecraigs Country Park

  • Largest country park in West Lothian

  • Adventure play area

  • Animal Attraction (red deer, cattle and sheep)

  • Woodland walks

  • Visitor centre with cafe etc.

  • BBQ faciilities



 

Midlothian


Vogrie Country Park

  • Small and large playground

  • Excellent walks in beautiful setting

  • Miniature railway

  • Softplay* (check it’s open)

  • Cafe

  • Parking



 

The Borders

Harestanes

  • Free entry

  • Parking

  • Fantastic range of attractive play equipment for toddlers and young children

  • Wheelchair swings and sensory boardwalk

  • Musical areas

  • Picnic area

  • Woodland walk

  • Good cafe

  • Ice-cream at Mary’s Dairy



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