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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: Ice skating, Golfing
Description: Impeccably landscaped park and woodland surrounding Edinburgh Castle.
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Beautiful green space in the middle of the city

Upon leaving the shops on Princess Street we crossed over and descended into the gardens. They are really beautufl and contain lots of historical sites. Located at the base of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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Amberley, New Zealand
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Amberley, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

Upon leaving the shops on Princess Street we crossed over and descended into the gardens. They are really beautufl and contain lots of historical sites. Located at the base of the castle they are most definitely worth visiting

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The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

A very nice street for shopping queens - don't forget to visit Topshop where it is possible to shop with a personal shopper! Loved Lush and the stories behind their products - also loved the shops with the traditional Scottish clothes.

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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

A lovely opportunity for a slow walk to take in the views of the city. Very pretty on a nice day and seating is available along the way if needed. Great photographic opportunities too.

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Ilkley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

Great place to sit and watch the World go by nicely planned great to rest your weary feet and have an ice cream

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County Kerry, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Unfortunately it was just after new years eve when I visited and there was worked being carried out but it was still a nice walk with easy access for people with the castle looming overhead.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

There's not a lot here. But it's a nice place to relax, and has a nice view of Edinburgh Castle. It's a good place to go after you visit the Scottish National Gallery.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful place to have a wander -eat lunch- have a picnic- take children or elderly persons to indulge in the floral workmanship done by the gardeners each season- I came here as a child to see and hear The Floral Cuckoo Clock along with hundreds of others- the bandstand held Highland Dancing mornings and still now holds... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

On a sunny day pick up a packed lunch and head to the gardens to lap up the few precious rays of sunshine you get in Scotland. Or go for a walk around the grounds, there is pleanty hidden gems to find.

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Riverview, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

We went on a clear, sunny beautiful day (rare I'm sure) and the park is absolutely gorgeous! The kids played for a bit in the play park while I ventured over to check out the church/kirkyard and then walked the park. Everything was in bloom and was just beautiful. They have an area you can purchase a bite to eat... More 

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

had lovely walk through these gardens followed by coffee at national gardens cafe a real treat . So many commemorative seats I was fascinated to read all the dedications. Great views up to the castle.

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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.