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“awe inspiring” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jupiter Artland

Jupiter Artland
Ranked #47 of 391 things to do in Edinburgh
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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255 reviews
101 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“awe inspiring”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2014

Jupiter artland is a place for all lovers of contemporary art. It is a scuplture park like no other and set in beautiful wooded landscape. You drive through a Charles Jencks creation of such beauty and serenity .I could go and on and on. It a very special place and wonderfully peaceful.
The cafe is good too with helpful and efficient and friendly service
They just need to sort out the online booking which offers a discount but only to PayPal account holders.

Visited August 2014
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Livingston, United Kingdom
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“Expensive”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

We live about ten minutes drive from here and driven past it many times and eventually got round to visiting. I can't decide what I thought about it though. It's strange and a bit creepy I thought. My kids seemed to enjoy it but we thought it was a bit over priced. £2 for a diet coke from the cafe!! For us it's a one off (been there, done that) it was what it was I'd say!

Visited August 2014
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“A one off experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

Private park full of the most amazing modern sculpture commissioned by the owners specifically for the spaces in which it sits. A bit of a trek out of town, but absolutely worth it! Ho in the summer and take picnic although there is a great cafe with fresh home baking a sophisticated coffee!

Visited November 2013
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JupiterArtland, Manager at Jupiter Artland, responded to this review, 13 August 2014
Many thanks for your review, we are delighted you had such a positive experience and hope you can join us again soon.

Regrettably we do not permit picnics at Jupiter Artland as we have lost livestock due to littering from picnics.

Best wishes,

John
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“Great afternoon, something for all ages! Little disappointed with the cafe.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014 via mobile

Had a fab afternoon at jupiter artland.
We had a toddler in our group and found the outing to be easily manageable with a young child. Only two things that were real hazards as far as I noticed, first would be the barbed wire near the amethyst and obsidian area. I think it may be an idea to either have a warning sign, there wasn't one as far as i saw.
Secondly the pond, but that's a bit of a no brainer. Other than that, our 21 month old loved running along the paths, and seeing the resident peacock, minature donkeys etc.
The art is interesting, even to the untrained eye - and there's plenty around, so something to appeal to everyone hopefully!
Had coffees and 2 slices of cake from the metal caravan. Coffee was tasty and was presented nicely, but it was lukewarm and only about 3 small mouthfulls of coffee.. I wouldn't normally be so pernickety but considering the price I think it is relevant.
Although the service at the caravan was satisfactory and the cakes pleasant, the place is lacking a bit of finesse. The cashier who served us was cutting the slices from one of the cakes as they were ordered. This meant reaching over all the other cakes and cutting an ad hoc sized slice, half of which fell off the knife as she tried to balance it on the knife. Just a bit unappetising. The cake was very moist and of course the caravan was hot, so maybe having the slices pre cut might be a bit neater, and perhaps displaying the cakes covered with a glass cake dome/cover would give a more hygenic appearance. There is an awful problem with wasps also, they were really swarming around the dirty dishes on tables.
One last criticism, was that the cutlery had almost completely run out from the front of the caravan, so we were directed inside the dining area where more was available. This area was messy and not very well presented. Just a bit chaotic and lowers the tone of the place.
My advice - bring your own picnic and enjoy the lovely countryside and quirky art!

Visited August 2014
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Edinburgh
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“A modern focus in a beautiful setting.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2014

There is an attractive map of the grounds and artworks, but not much interpretation which makes the whole place feel very relaxed and encourages you to form your own views, freed from some expert curator's small print. My views included: beautiful, serene, talented, provocative, so-what, surreal, inspiring, amazing, silly, stupendous.... I will visit again to see what new treasures are added. (Please can there be a chalk figure on a hill, and something that moves in the wind?!) The art provided a focus for a stroll around the woodland and lakes of the estate, in a contemporary version of a tradition stretching back at least as far as Capability Brown. For me though the trees in the inconspicuously but beautifully managed deciduous woodland were the stars of the show. Each tree seemed to occupy its own space and the individual forms and patterns were endlessly fascinating. The exhibits are appropriately and harmoniously placed amongst them.
So why only 4 points, not 5? Well, we visited on a glorious afternoon in August, with nearby Edinburgh crowded with festival goers. Although the site itself absorbed the visitors admirably, the cafe and the toilets did not. Queues and then 20 minute waits for (good) food and coffee, and then not enough chairs for our group, and a table we cleaned ourselves. More long queues for toilets which ran out of paper and definitely needed more regular maintenance.
And no ice cream, despite the enticingly named Ice Cream Lane!

Visited August 2014
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