Barony Community Garden

{Edinburgh} Barony Community Garden

I love discovering hidden gems in the city, and the Barony Community Garden is definitely one of them. Tucked away in a back courtyard, less than ten minutes walk from the St James Quarter shopping centre, it’s a true little oasis in the busy city centre. 

Barony Community Garden

The majority of the courtyard is taken up by the playground, which held both of my children’s attention for quite a while, but there’s also a picnic table, wooden animal sculptures and, as you would expect in a garden, plenty of plant features. 

Barony Community Garden

If you find yourself at the East End of Edinburgh’s city centre, and want to get away from all the shopping crowds, then the short walk to Barony Community Garden is definitely worth it. 


Playground Stats

Official Name: Barony Place Play Area
Location: Barony Community Garden, Edinburgh 
Map coordinates: 55.95856, -3.19115
Best for: Toddlers, Juniors 
Ground cover: Rubber
Rating: Thumbs up
Last visited: 2 June 2022

Play Equipment

  • Multi-play unit with slide, fireman’s pole, nets, monkey bars, climbing wall and other climbing features, play kitchen, car/steering wheel play features
  • Seesaw
  • Basket swing
  • Cycle roundabout
  • Snakes & ladders game (bring your own playing pieces)


  • Benches
  • Picnic table 

How to get there

With its central location, although it’s quite well hidden in plain sight, Barony Community Garden is well connected to public transport.

Closest stops

By tram: York Place stop is a 5 minute walk away.

By bus: Over ten different Lothian Buses stop on York Place, ca. 5 minutes walk away. A few other buses stop at Mansfield Place, ca. 4 minutes walk away.

Check out our A to Z map of public playgrounds in Edinburgh to plan your next playground visit, and let us know your favourites that you think we should check out in the comments below!

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