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Flower Clock in Edinburgh, Scotland

From series “Enchanting Flower Clocks Built by Humans”
Year: 1903.

The oldest and one of the most beautiful flower clock in the world can be found in the city park in Edinburgh. This amazing clock was constructed in 1903. At the opening, it had only an hour hand. The minute hand was added in about a year. More than a hundred years, the amazing structure has being one of the main symbols of the city.

Flower Clock in Edinburgh, Scotland The installation strikes with its design. Designers used dozens of different plants types, which allowed to form very fine patterns and lay symbolic inscriptions on beds. The author of the very first clock in Edinburgh was the experienced gardener John Marchetti, who was involved in designing urban parks. Another creator was the watchmaker James Ritchie.

After the opening of the clock in 1903, authors used to modernize and complement the incredibly elaborate construction each year. So, already in 1905 there was a cuckoo, which appeared in a special window every hour. The unique floral clock in Edinburgh pleased the authorities of various European cities so much, that such installations soon began to appear everywhere. Later, they conquered global popularity. In 1934, the mechanism of the world's oldest flower clock has been completely replaced. It was also made by James Ritchie’s company. Next - Flower Clock in Ventspils


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 »  Dundee Airport DND - in 56 km
 »  Glasgow Airport GLA - in 77 km
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Best hotels near Flower Clock in Edinburgh

West Port Pads

Located in 0 km from Flower Clock in Edinburgh
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There are 4-bed mixed dormitory rooms, and 2-bed private rooms, all with bunk beds. Each room has a set of drawers, and bedding and towels are … More: photo, rates and booking
Warrender Apartment

Located in 1 km from Flower Clock in Edinburgh
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Rooms: 3
A bright master bedroom is found at the front of the property. A single room with a skylight is joined by a king/twin room at the rear of the house … More: photo, rates and booking
Windmill House

Located in 2 km from Flower Clock in Edinburgh
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Windmill House has large, quiet gardens with a waterfall and a terrace with views over the valley of the Water of Leith. Murrayfield Stadium is 900 … More: photo, rates and booking
The Wee Haven Edinburgh

Located in 3 km from Flower Clock in Edinburgh
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The Wee Haven includes 1 bedroom with double bed, and 1 single fold-down bed. A cot can also be supplied on request. There is a bathroom with bath … More: photo, rates and booking

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Lochleven Castle
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Falkirk Wheel
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At the first sight of the Falkirk Wheel, one can hardly suspect that this complicated construction of the unusual shape and the impressive size is an ordinary lift. Actually, Falkirk Wheel is a unique rotatable ship lift that connects two canals - Union and Forth …
Stirling Castle
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Stirling Castle is one of the most well-known in Scotland. It has placed in the North region at the top of the dead volcano. From the medieval time the castle was quite an important building – it was used as a main royal residence. It is quite hard to say when the …
Kings Theatre
67 km - Kings Theatre
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Garden of Cosmic Speculation
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Top destination around Flower Clock in Edinburgh - Edinburgh

Edinburgh is not distinguished by large choice of entertainments, and noisy nightlife. This city will be more pleasant to those tourists, who like relaxing in tranquil surroundings. Nevertheless, on the territory of Edinburgh there are several institutions that are worth visiting, especially for fans of night walks. The Vaults Bar is open until late at night. This place will be loved by fans of music. Here you can listen to music of different styles, enjoy exotic cocktails and original snacks. Fans of hot club parties should move their feet to Espionage Club, where they will be able to listen to modern music, dance and enjoy signature cocktails. A cafe with the same name is situated next to the club. It also works until late evening.

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays are best days to visit Cafe City 2 that hosts colorful parties. What’s really nice – the entrance to these parties is absolutely free. Dance lovers will surely like the night club named Venue Night. Here to the service of guests are offered three huge dance areas located on different floors. The Bongo club often hosts performances by famous DJ's. Here you will hear music of absolutely different styles. Cabaret Voltaire is another first class night club. The location of the club is more than unusual - the club works in ancient underground caves. Cabaret Voltaire accepts visitors seven days a week and never ceases to amaze guests by interesting entertainments.
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