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Princes Street Gardens

Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2HG, Scotland (New Town)
0131 529 7921
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Ranked #12 of 209 Attractions in Edinburgh
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Type: Gardens, Parks
Activities: Golfing, Ice skating
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Impeccably landscaped park and woodland surrounding Edinburgh Castle.
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Krakow, Poland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Though the park is often crowded, there's always a bench to sit and enjoy the best view in Edinburgh! Love the flowers and the gardener's hut too, really nice place.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Lovely park in the centre of the city. Plenty of benches to sit on and watch the world go by. There was a 'rat run' race on while we were there with people cheering on the entrants. They were running up the steep hills to the castle and back and encountering obstacles on the way. Good fun to watch. Art... More

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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109 reviews 109 reviews
39 attraction reviews
181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Classically laid out, well kept and very peaceful. I appreciated the many benches, the planting and the statue in the (silent) fountain whilst younger visitors enjoyed the playground at the end. Happy memories of the carousel in the gardens in the 90s.

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Lake Grove
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9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Beautiful place to take a stroll. The floral clock at the top is amazing, all done with flowers, spectacular. Beautiful grounds, depending upon the time of year you can be treated to magnificent rose gardens and many other plants. We were lucky and did see some roses as well as other plants, shows also are performed there. Check it out!

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Oeiras, Portugal
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

If you are around with good weather, you will have an amazing view of everyone around making pic-nics and relaxing around. It is indeed a great spot and with great views to the castle and the hills of the city.

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Daylesford, Australia
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517 helpful votes 517 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

I think Edinburgh people are more in love with this place than tourists - principally because of its history and its location. But as gardens it is screaming out for context, vision and drive. It looks like a local government public space rather than a garden potentially displaying the history of Edinburgh

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Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

If like me you are lucky to sit there on a sunny day it's wonderful. Great views, plenty seats, lots of greenery, easy to access and little cafe/stalls you can buy refreshments.

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Melbourne, Australia
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119 attraction reviews
225 helpful votes 225 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Perfectly located adjacent to Princess Street with the Royal Mile and castle on the other side, these beautifully maintained gardens provide a lovely resting place after wandering the Princess Street precinct. They also add much-needed colour to a City which otherwise - because of it's building materials and inclement weather - takes on a rather brownish-grey hue.

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Limerick, Ireland
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83 reviews 83 reviews
13 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Nice place for a walk away from the noise of Princes Street. If the day is nice get a picnic from M&S and enjoy it sitting on a bench and watch the world pass. Nice view of the castle from the gardens

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nc
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

A central meeting area in Edinburgh to see and be seen...beautiful plantings and walkways, great views of the castle, near trains/buses, sites, and shopping...bring a picnic !

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