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Princes Street Gardens

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Princes Street and 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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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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Naperville, IL
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Naperville, IL
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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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 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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Radstock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

A great place to sit and watch the world go by. A useful spot to eat a picnic lunch and the gardens are well maintained and just beautiful.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

A wonderful oasis of peace and quiet in a busy city. Very well maintained with beautiful floral displays.

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Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

These gardens are Beautiful to walk through and lovely views of the Castle. A lovely place to chill and relax

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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.