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Princes Street Gardens

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Address: Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2HG, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 529 7921
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7:00 am - 7:15 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 7:15 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Golfing, Ice skating
Description: Impeccably landscaped park and woodland surrounding Edinburgh Castle.
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A lovely place to enjoy and observe

We had a very enjoyable rest in the spring sunshine admiring the well tended gardens. The views up to the caste and other landmarks around the city are great.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

We had a very enjoyable rest in the spring sunshine admiring the well tended gardens. The views up to the caste and other landmarks around the city are great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

No matter the season Princes Street gardens has something to offer. Let me start with Spring, although temperatures may still be slightly chilly, keep an eye out for the beautiful flowers and cherry blossom trees! During Summer, there are small concerts held, you can climb up the Scott's monument for AMAZING views of the city (I believe it is £4,... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

The gardens were peaceful and just beautiful on a sunny day. They were free and nice to walk around. I'd recommend having a bit of a stroll about

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Naperville, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Take the easy hikes up towards the Royal Mile to get nice views of the gardens and the castle. The flowers and cherry trees at sidewalk level are very pretty in the spring.

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Really well looked after and obviously used by a lot of people. Watch out for dogs , and children running about everywhere

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Princes Street Gardens are literally in the very heart of Edinburgh's main street. Once the Nor Loch, which was drained, it is now a peaceful garden which is a real favourite at any time of the year but particularly on a sunny day. Get your picnic and settle in to relax and enjoy the lovely gardens.

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Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Nice gardens - lots of people - in good weather a very nice walk and a good place to sit and people watch - the Scott Memorial looks like a spaceship and sort of looms over the place - nice views especially of the castle. Take a bite to eat and sit and chill out - while we were there... More 

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Wiltshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Nicely kept gardens with fantastic view and a central part of the whole Edinburgh experience. A must for a quick stroll, rest or casual lunchtime picnic.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

The monument tower is very great, but the garden gives not too much expression for me. In different directions, I take differently beautiful pictures, like the bridge and birds there.

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Blairgowrie, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Great place to chill. Sit and have lunch. Always busy when the weather is great. Really nice and very tidy.

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Princes Street and Gardens
Glaswegians tease Edinburghers that their High Street is only half one, since buildings only line one side. But what they don’t say is how extraordinary the views are from Princes Street as a result. From here you look onto expansive and decorative public gardens beneath the mighty basalt cliffs on which Edinburgh’s Castle stands proud above the rest of the dramatic old town skyline. Yet many of those on Princes Street look the other way, as they’re concerned with chain store shopping or catching the tram or a train at main train station Waverley. But it’s not all utility here; the Scottish National Gallery rewards purposeless wandering, and December’s huge winter market in the gardens begins a season of revelry which ends with Hogmanay, Britain’s largest New Year’s street party.