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The Best Places To See Cherry Blossom in Edinburgh

First it’s the snowdrops, then daffodils and all the crocuses lining the Meadows. Then suddenly at some point in late April, the cherry blossom burst into life across Edinburgh. Known as “sakura” in Japanese, these pale blooms are a symbol of spring because it is a time of renewal. However, because the blooms are short-lived, they are also symbolic of the fleeting nature of life.

I’m lucky to live in the centre of Edinburgh, close to some very beautiful trees and so we’re able to walk past them often.

You’ll know where to find some of the most beautiful trees too now. And you will hopefully be able to picnic or at least pause underneath them too!

The Best Places to See Cherry Blossom in Edinburgh

Cherry blossom by Canongate Kirk

Cherry blossom by Canongate Kirk

The Meadows

There are a couple of avenues of cherries in The Meadows which are an absolute Instagrammers favourite.  Instagram has probably had a lot to do with mine and others growing obsession with cherry blossom. Taking photos of these beautiful trees makes you stand and appreciate just how pretty they and their blossom really are.

Avenue of cherry blossom in The Meadows 2020

Being inside an avenue of them is even better!

Cherry blossom avenue The Meadows

The century-old custom of having a picnic under cherry trees is known as “hanami,” which means flower viewing. Early records hint that the tradition began with emperors and members of the Imperial Palace feasting under the trees’ blooming branches. The Meadows is the best place to picnic under cherry blossom in Edinburgh (just not in 2020!) and the fabulous local French deli Victor Hugo is the place to go and buy your picnic.  Our wonderful two bedroom homes in Montpelier Park and Leamington Terrace and Marchmont Street  are all great places to stay nearby. You can even get up very early to see the trees at sunrise which is extra special.

St Andrew Square

In the gardens in the middle of St Andrew Square, close to the tram stop there’s a beautiful cherry tree. It’s another one you’d be able to picnic under. Helpfully there’s a bench there too, so you can sit down and soak up the beauty.

St Andrew Square cherry blossom

and just around the corner near Princes Street, there’s a pretty patch of green opposite The Cafe Royal (it’s very pretty inside that bar too, with wonderful tile panels which featured in the movie Chariots of Fire many moons ago) where you’ll find more cherry loveliness.

Cherry blossom opposite The Cafe Royal

St Bernard’s Crescent, Stockbridge

Edinburgh’s New Town is littered with private communal gardens which local residents have keys for. Whilst that means most people can’t go in them, it does make the city prettier and greener. Luckily they often have beautiful trees and sometimes cherry trees like this one in St Bernard’s Crescent, which frames a very pretty pictures with the beautiful Georgian houses beyond.

Cherry blossom St Bernard's Crescent, Stockbridge

The Canongate

Canongate Kirk on the Canongate is the kirk for Edinburgh Castle and The Palace of Holyrood House. It has Royal and Army connections. It’s a beautiful place to attend a service and their graveyard is absolutely fascinating too.

On the street outside you’ll find the statue of local poet, Robert Fergusson, who is buried there. The statue is at its most beautiful in cherry blossom season.

Robert Fergusson cherry blossom

The view from across the street is spectacular too! The pink, red and blue suit each other in this moment.

Canongate Kirk cherry blossom

Chessel’s Court is where the darker side of Deacon Brodie was finally exposed. Lying off the Canongate, it’s a treasure once you find it. The cherry tree here is perfectly place near the beautiful ivy heart…..

Chesser Court cherry blossom

and the beautiful traditional Edinburgh streetlamp. Our one bedroom home on Canongate is moments from these trees.

cherry blossom Edinburgh 2020

I hope that you’ve enjoyed looking at these photos of the best places to see cherry blossom in Edinburgh. When the world is open for travel again, you’ll be able to come and stay in one of our lovely homes and appreciate this magical moment in the city for yourself.

Cherry blossom Canongate


  • Sandra Steele

    May 2, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    Thanks Louise and my condolences on the loss of your dear Mum.

    Another lovely cherry blossom spot, and a beautiful place for quiet contemplation is the Japanese memorial garden in the grounds of Lauriston castle, with views across the Forth to Fife.
    A bit out of town for out-of-town visitors but lovely if you need a little space for your own thoughts and memories. ,


    • Dickins

      May 2, 2021 at 2:15 pm

      You’re right. It’s a beautiful spot. I sometimes go there after the school run as my boys are at school nearby.

      Best wishes,

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