Sun 15 May 2016
I only recently discovered Jupiter Artland, when I was browsing things to do on TripAdvisor. It was up there in the top things to do in Edinburgh and yet I’d never heard of it. The reviews were really great, so I made a note to visit when it opened for the summer months.
Jupiter Artland is a sculpture park located in Wilkieston, to the west of Edinburgh. I visited yesterday, the first day of this year’s season, with my husband and children aged 1 and 3. We arrived by car and were immediately impressed by the lovely surroundings. It helped that is was a beautiful sunny afternoon.
After parking, we made our way to the ticket office where we paid admission and received a map showing all of the artworks within the grounds. There was no set route of how to explore. It was lots of fun wandering from sculpture to sculpture in such a beautiful, peaceful setting. My three year old loved looking on the map for what was coming up next and trying to spot it.
One of the highlights for us was the ‘Cells Of Life’ – eight spiraling mounds around a lake. You can easily walk up the mounds, sit at the top and peer down over the lake and surrounding area. It’s very tranquil up there. We also enjoyed spotting tadpoles in the lake with the kids.
There was so much to see from large sculptures to art installations. We walked around for 2 hours, until our daughter was too tired to continue. I’m afraid we had to skip a few things. We will go back soon and walk round in the other direction to catch all the things we missed.
I would highly recommend Jupiter Artland. I found it so much more enjoyable than visiting a normal art gallery. They have got the balance of art and nature just right and it makes for a very pleasant and interesting walk. Priced at £8.50 per adult and free for our children (as they are both under 5), we found this very reasonable.