Located in between the Sirkeci and Sultanahmet neighborhood of Fatih district, Gulhane Park (Rose Garden) is one of the most beautiful parks in Istanbul for both tourists and locals. “Gulhane” means “home of the rose” in Turkish.
During the Byzantium period, Gulhane Park was home to some military warehouses and barracks. And during the Ottomans period, the park served as celebration and ceremony place, as well as a rosary shelter and main garden for the Topkapi Palace.
Gulhane Park was opened to public in 1912, and in 1955 a zoo was built in the Gulhane Park. Afterwards the zoo moved to Ankara due to maintenance problems.
What to See
Today, Gulhane Park is a popular park for both tourist and locals. The park covers a huge area. There are variety of very beautiful gardens, trees, pools and outdoor cafes with the impressive views of the Bosphorus.
You can have a rest in one of the outdoor cafes at the park and enjoy the peaceful environment in the company of beautiful gardens, pools and nearby Bosphorus scenery.
the Park Museum
There is a Museum of the History of Science and Technology in Islam inside the Gulhane Park, situated in the former Imperial Stables Building in the park that worth a visit and see. The museum is a a unique one in the world, that visitors may see the the evolution of the different scientific branches in Islamic civilization. Continue reading…
Istanbul Tulip Festival (annual, last 3 weeks of April)
Tulips are very important for the Ottoman Empire and Turkish culture. And to celebrate both spring and this fact, this annual festival takes place at the city’s most famous parks, such as the Gulhane Park in Sirkeci, Sultanahmet Square in Sultanahmet, Yildiz Park in Besiktas, Emirgan Park in Emirgan in the European side, and Fethi Pasa Grove and Camlica Hill in Uskudar, Cubuklu Hidiv Grove in Cubuklu and Beykoz Park in Beykoz in the Asian side.
This is a free festival and visitors may enjoy billions of tulips in 120 different types that blossoms in April, as well as several culture and art activities that are organized in the Emirgan Park and Sultanahmet Square. There is also a tulip photo contest and the winners are awarded.
Visiting Hours & Admissions
Gulhane Park is open to public every day of the week.
Entrance to Gulhane Park is free of charge.
How to Get to Gulhane Park
The most practical way to get to Gulhane Park is via Bagcilar-Kabatas tram (T1 line).
- The closest tram stop is Gulhane.
- From Taksim, take the funicular to Kabatas (from taksim Square) or funicular to Karakoy (from Tunel square) and than take the tram.
- If you stay at the Sultanahmet hotels, than you easily walk to the museum.
- You can walk from Eminonu as well.
Address: Cankurtaran Mah., Gulhane, Istanbul
Tel: +90 212 520 77 40