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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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Historic monuments & mediocre shops

Princes St was once the pride of Edinburgh - not only for the historic buildings which can be seen towering above, but for the classy shops that used to line the street. Sadly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Bribie Island, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Princes St was once the pride of Edinburgh - not only for the historic buildings which can be seen towering above, but for the classy shops that used to line the street. Sadly, most of the classy shops have gone, replaced by mundane chain stores you can find anywhere these days. Too many new style buildings are starting to replace... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Great for transport links with the trams and accessing the tourist buses. From a shopping perspective I wasn't very impressed. I would visit Edinburgh again for the history and attractions, what a beautiful city.

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St.Andrews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I've got an old postcard of Princes Street in 1912, when splendid trams ran up and down past very elegant ( and mostly privately owned) shops with not a hint of the dolorous plastic and too-bright colours that so spoil the wonderfully designed buildings. Edinburgh is trading too much of what it used to be, on this stretch of road,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Good if you're not from the UK and you want to see the high street shops. Average in comparison to other high streets in Europe. It's very pretty, though.

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Orkney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Princes Street is a fairly standard tourist orientated street in the heart of Edinburgh. Not far at all from the Royal Mile, the location of this street is highly accessible - nearly every bus goes to or from Princes street at some point during it's journey. On the other hand, this does also mean the roads are horrendously congested.... try... More 

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Grosse Pointe, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

You have to be into shopping to really enjoy this street and willing to spend some money. What we enjoyed the most were the gardens that are below the street. Princes street was crowded and really like any other busy shopping street in any big city.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Princes Street is the main tourist shopping in Edinburgh and while it offers nothing unusual in terms of things to purchase, it does provide beautiful views of the castle above and the gardens and park below. It's a busy area bustling with people and traffic but you can take some time to sit in the park and have lunch or... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Princes Street offers more than the trendiest shops and a vibrant restaurant scene. It is at the heart of New Town and there are the Princes Street gardens, various striking monuments and the National Gallery as well. Absolutely worth spending a few hours here!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Much to my husbands displeasure, we spent an afternoon shopping here. The views of the castle and the Royal Mile were great, lots of cafes to stop in for a coffee, and all the shopping you could possibly need - my husband even ended up enjoying himself!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

All the usual High street shops and nothing new to see here, unless you want to look at the Beautiful Castle across from the shops, Watch the new tram skirt through the city centre or just people watch as the world goes past browsing the shops.

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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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