Jupiter Artland

Price guide: Expensive

Bonnington House, Kirknewton, Edinburgh, EH27

Price guide: Expensive

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expert-rated things to do in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Art, Design and architecture, Education, Escaping the crowds, Nature / wildlife

Expert review of Jupiter Artland

Modern art and sculpture in an enchanting garden.

I love this place. Just four miles from Edinburgh, Jupiter Artland is quite a magical place. Acres of grounds are the backdrop for some stunning sculptures. The garden itself was designed by Charles Jencks so everywhere you look you will see something to enjoy.

In addition to the art is a collection of animals such as alpacas, miniature donkeys and other friendly-looking creatures.

The food they serve in the café is excellent and if it's sunny you can sit out and peruse the rather luxurious surroundings as you chow down.

I would recommend a guided tour as the best way to see the installations here. The stories behind the pieces are fascinating, and it's great for escaping the rigours of the city for a few hours.

Check the website to see if there are any events on when you are due to visit. They have poetry nights, hands-on workshops - with artists who come from all over the country to take part - and midnight picnics. 

Price advice: 

Adult £8.25; children (Under threes get in free) £4; concessions £4.50. A guided tour costs £5, plus admission.

Expert tips: 
Plan ahead to try and visit during an event. They are wonderful.

More information on Jupiter Artland:

Price guide:
Art gallery, Park / garden, Zoo / wildlife park / aquarium
Bonnington House, Kirknewton, Edinburgh, EH27
01506 889900
Months open:
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Opening times:
See website for summer opening times.
Free tags / Keywords:
Sculpture, Charles Jenks, garden design

Have you been to Jupiter Artland? Would you recommended it?