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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

Impeccably landscaped park and woodland surrounding Edinburgh...

Impeccably landscaped park and woodland surrounding Edinburgh Castle.

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Lovely even in November

We thoroughly enjoyed walking through the Gardens . The German Christmas Market was open the other day when we were there . What a Treat . Another site everyone should visit !

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Whitchurch-Stouffville, Canada

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Whitchurch-Stouffville, Canada
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed walking through the Gardens . The German Christmas Market was open the other day when we were there . What a Treat . Another site everyone should visit !

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visit the gardens every year late November. Every year the festive attractions seem to be getting better. This year the gardens were amazing. So much to see and so much to do. The younger kids and adults loved it. Well worth a visit as this is special!!

Thank Rmmc16
Cincinnati, Ohio
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141 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Princes St is really the heart of the city in my view. Do permit time to stroll through the gardens. The views of the Castle are quite impressive as you get up and close to the Castle Wall. You can cross over the train tracks and then ascend the path by the castle wall. You will end up on the... More 

Thank RegionalRoadie
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The gardens have been transformed into a winter wonderland, excellent for all. Highly recommend you visit before it closes,

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It's hard to miss Princes Street when you're in Edinburgh, and its gardens will provide the perfect place for resting once you're done with all the shopping. Oh, and there are squirrels there, too!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The gardens are nice all year round but are particularly pleasant in the summer. It is very popular with workers in the local offices hurrying out to catch a brief moments sunshine before their next meeting.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Edinburgh is a busy place and right at it's heart is this oasis of calm where you can sit on a bench with a good book and get away from it all.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I walked the gardens on a mild November evening prior to flying abroad on holiday. The gardens are situated below Edinburgh Castle and run parallel with Princes street. Many hundreds of years ago the gardens were the home to the Nor Loch which was drained and now hosts this fine public park. The park is always busy... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Absolutely amazing Christmas market. I went to the Manchester Market last year on the exact same weekend and it was just so overcrowded that it couldn't be enjoyed. This Market was split into sections around the Gardens so the crowds were spread out and you could actually look at stalls without being pushed around or getting lost. The funfair looked... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We went during the fringe for second year on the trot you wouldn't believe that you are in the middle of a city.fantastic place to visit but keep an eye out for prices of the ice creams top end near the road they were overly expensive. Other than that well done

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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.
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