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Address: Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
Activities: Shopping
Description: A busy street lined with shops, historic monuments and restaurants.
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Shopping with a view!

As a location Princes Street must rank as thoroughfare with one of the best views in the world. As a shopping destination it has gone downhill a little from its previous... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

As a location Princes Street must rank as thoroughfare with one of the best views in the world. As a shopping destination it has gone downhill a little from its previous grandeur. Over the decades I'm afraid the Councils planning has left a lot to be desired with some fine old buildings being replaced by nondescript architecture. Running parallel a... More 

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Monifieth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

There are not many places in the world where you can walk down a street with a castle looking down on you, yet during the Christmas festival the street has a very different personality. An excellent street in a fabulous city.

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Toronto, Canada
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Wonderful experience, I've been twice back in 2012 and in 2015. It continues to surprise me through the history and the day to day events.

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Shillong, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

A happening and very vibrant area of Edinburgh with delightful cafes and restaurants dotting the entire length of the street. A place to be during evenings.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

All the streets and things to do in Edinburgh are worth a visit so many wonderful shops bars resturants and things to see and do

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Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

If you judge Princes Street solely on its excellent range of shops, you wouldn't be able to separate it from many other main streets in cities throughout the UK and elsewhere in the world. What sets Princes Street apart is its unique design and stunning location. Unlike other shopping thoroughfares, Princes Street only has shops along one side. This is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Great Shopping! Everything in Edinburgh is so close! Great city center! We found everything we were looking for.

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Toms River, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

charming street, lots of things to see and do, lots of churches, stores, restaurants, easy walk, nice park

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Very nice shopping experience indeed. With the Castle and Gardens on one side and some very nice stores on the other/nearby, this is a much better way to shop, to me, compared to the manic, too overcrowded and rushed feel of London shopping centres. Looking forward to shopping here this Christmas-time and visiting Winter Wonderland.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

A must see in Edinburgh, good for an hour or as part of a tour but definitely no need to linger. Snap a few pictures, take a deep breath and view a beautiful historic part of the city.

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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.