An inspiring visionary
Patrick Geddes was born in Ballater, Scotland. He was a man of diverse interests and skills whose concern for places in which people lived and worked led to his pioneering work in education, conservation, town planning and social science. His innovative thinking has influenced how we view our environment and our place in it, both in Scotland and across the world.
Examples of his work in Edinburgh include using the Camera Obscura to get a broader perspective of the city, designing Edinburgh Zoo and creating Ramsay Gardens. In India Geddes revolutionised town planning to make places more liveable in Indore, New Delhi and Calcutta. In his later years in France, he was the founder of the Montpelier Scots College.
As inspiration for our modern times, his legacy will live on in the work of the Patrick Geddes Centre. His ideas about the interconnected-ness of the world and learning are still as relevant today as they were in his own time, perhaps even more so.
"Think global, act local"Patrick Geddes
One of the most important buildings both historically and architecturally in the Old Town of Edinburgh. Hidden behind Edinburgh's Royal Mile, this courtyard house has seen a rich and colourful past and many changes.
The building has hosted merchants, Kings, paupers, philosophers, educators and even actors. Each has left their mark either in the interiors, or in the spiritual fabric of this special place.
Featuring many beautiful decorated ceilings and interiors that document its use over 400 years, careful restoration and interpretation is bringing these spaces back to their former glory so they can be enjoyed for the next 400 years.
The connection with learning and Patrick Geddes dates to the late 1800s when he founded one of the first university halls and ran summer schools here. His motto 'Vivendo Discimus' (by living we learn) can still be seen chiselled above the archway leading into the inner courtyard.
"A city is more than a place in space, it is a drama in time"Patrick Geddes
A very special venue
Riddle's Court is a beautiful and atmospheric building, making it a unique venue for exceptional events and spectacular entertaining.
From summer 2017, its newly-refurbished historic rooms will be available for weddings; meetings and conferences; festivals and exhibitions; talks and workshops; visits and tours; craft and food markets and for unforgettable parties and private dining.
The location could not be more central – from the arched entrance of Riddle’s Court it is only a five minute walk to Edinburgh’s principal train and bus stations, linking you effortlessly to other parts of the UK and beyond with easy transport to Edinburgh airport.Enquire about an event