Dumbiedykes Playground Edinburgh

{Edinburgh} Dumbiedykes – A Playground with a View

Following on from yesterday’s post about my son’s resolution to visit as many different playgrounds this year as he can, here’s our first playground review from our New Year’s Day walk. Dumbiedykes Playground is set in Holyrood Park, between Dumbiedykes Road and Queen’s Drive. Our walk had led us down the length of the Royal Mile, and we were heading back home from the Scottish Parliament, via Holyrood Park towards Newington, when we passed the playground.

Dumbiedykes Playground Edinburgh

Although it looked like there were a few pieces missing, the playground still had a decent enough amount of equipment. There was a section for toddlers, with baby swings and a small climbing structure with slide, and a section for older children with regular swings and another bigger climbing structure also with a slide. Overall, it maybe looked a little unloved but it seemed clean and the stunning views of Salisbury Crags and Holyrood Park are definitely its winning factor.

Dumbiedykes Playground Edinburgh
Dumbiedykes Playground Edinburgh

Our verdict was that if you lived in this part of town it was a good playground to have near your house, or if you were visiting Holyrood Park it was definitely worth stopping off here for a break to play, but we felt it was probably not worth a trip across town just to visit the playground. Mr Fox gave it a rating of one thumbs up.

Dumbiedykes Playground Edinburgh

Playground Stats

Name: Dumbiedykes 
Location: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh
Map coordinates: 55.94798, -3.17758
Best for: Toddlers, Juniors
Ground cover: Rubber
Rating: Thumbs up

Play Equipment

  • Multi-play unit with slide, fireman’s pole, nets and climbing frames
  • Swings
  • Toddler play unit with slide
  • Toddler swings


  • Benches
  • Amazing views of Salisbury Crags 

How to get there:

Dumbiedykes Playground is situated on the western edge of Holyrood Park, between Queen’s Drive and Dumbiedykes Road. The No.14 and No.35 Lothian Buses both stop nearby within a 4-6 minute walk away.

Closest Bus Stops

No.14 Lothian Bus: West Richmond Street

No.35 Lothian Bus: Viewcraig Street (also Viewcraig Gardens, New Arthur Place or West Richmond Street)

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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