Water of Leith

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Explore Edinburgh's hidden natural asset, the Water of Leith, visit our fantastic interactive exhibition at the Visitor Centre and discover the river's wildlife and heritage.

The interactive exhibition has three zones:

The Video Zone engages you with a DVD projection of life on the river - The information panels surrounding the unique video well describe the Walkway, the rivers past, its bridges, its Industry, and its People
The Tall Panel Zone -reveals what 'we share the river with .......!!' Focusing on the wildlife that lives in the river's corridor find out what Birds, Mammals, Invertebrates, Fish and Plants share the river with us - you can even find out the problems we humans cause.
The Interactive Zone - is where the experience comes alive. Cause a flood, try to stop the giant waterwheel turning, control the sluices as you splash around these large stainless steel interactive models. On the unique 'Call of the Wild Wall' listen for the sights and sounds of the river bank. Finally get up close to the rivers creepy crawlies through the Video 'Bioscope'.
Lastly a 'Neon Map' of the river allows you to see how the river runs through the City of Edinburgh and identify major features along its length.

Venue Type:

Museum, Environmental or ecological centre

Opening hours

Daily 10.00-16.00

Closed Christmas and New Year - 24th Dec to 3rd January

Admission charges

Adults £1.90
Children £1.20
Families £5.00
Concessions £1.40

Collection details

Inland Waterways, Natural Sciences

Water of Leith
Visitor Centre
24 Lanark Road
EH14 1TQ




General enquiries


Philippa McDonald, Education Officer



0131 455 7367


0131 443 1682

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.