Location: Chessel’s Court, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, UK [MAP]
Designer: Archibald Chessel(1)
Project Type: Courtyard, Public Garden
Completion Date: 1748(1)
Access: Just off the Royal Mile near the Scottish Parliament building, Chessel’s Court can be found through a series of four arcades acting as entrance to the site.
Created as open courtyard space for mansion flats in the 1700’s, Chessel’s Court (once known as Chancellor’s Court) is now a delightful, lush and vibrant getaway from the busy street of the Royal Mile(2).
Here you can take a relaxing break on the raised grass platform, perhaps under the shade of a mature tree, or at the edge to admire one of the many beautiful gardens spilling out from residents flats.
Though the space is but a few paces away from the busy street where tourists and shoppers alike shuffle along for some grand sale, the noise deafens as you make your way into the space. The beautifully renovated period buildings stand as a remarkable contrast to the soft green texture of undulating plantings that leak out towards the center.
It truely is the perfect place for a quick snack or to meet with friends when you find yourself in the heart of Edinburgh.