History of St Andrew Square

St Andrew Square was built in 1770 and is a key part of the New Town design.

History of St Andrew Square

History

St Andrew Square was built in 1770 and is a key part of the New Town design.

The centrepiece of the Garden is the Melville Monument – an imposing statue of Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville PC and Baron Dunira (28 April 1742 – 28 May 1811).

 

The privately owned gardens were closed to the public prior to 2008 redevelopment.

The privately owned garden was closed to the public until 2008.

Now under Essential Edinburgh management, the project to open the Garden to the public began in 2005 with Edinburgh City Centre Management Company (which became Essential Edinburgh in 2008) tracking down the Garden’s owners to re-open the debate of public access.

 

On 4th April 2008, the Garden opened to the public for the first time in its history following a £2.6million refurbishment (funded by the City of Edinburgh Council and Scottish Enterprise). The overhaul included extensive work to preserve the Melville Monument in the centre of the Garden, construction of a network of pathways through the Garden accessed through two existing and two new gates, a reflective pool and new lighting.

 

Thses days the Gardens open to the public for all to enjoy and regularly host free public events and exhibitions for all to enjoy. Image courtesy of Unique Events

These days St Andrew Square Gardens, although privately owned is open to the public and regularly hosts free public events and exhibitions for all to enjoy, making St Andrew Square one of the most desirable locations in the capital. Image courtesy of Unique Events

 

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