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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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A shopping street but little more than that

Edinburgh's main shopping street, lined with large mainstream outlets. No quirky one off's in this part of town. Taxis, buses and trams travel down the centre of the road... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Arundel, United Kingdom
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Arundel, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Edinburgh's main shopping street, lined with large mainstream outlets. No quirky one off's in this part of town. Taxis, buses and trams travel down the centre of the road, Princes Street Gardens and Scott Memorial on the other side to the shops.

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viña del mar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I love Edinburgh, to me it's the most beautiful place on earth. On Princess Street there aren't many shops and it's not very lively but the surroundings are incredibly beautiful. I am so in love with Scotland. The people are quite friendly and helpful

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Always very crowded plenty begger on street not a sing good food joint macdolad or kfc are only choices high street is better place to visite

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Disappointing to many run of the mill shops which you can find on any high street. Like the gardens street beggars all over arguing over who's pitch it was. very off putting specially in the evening

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rosyth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

It's good for shopping. Although I have not shopped there for a while. It runs parallel with the gardens. Which is great for the festival & Hogmanay & holds the worlds biggest street party at new year which is excellent. Which is the focal point for many visitors from around the world each year. Also has the castle in the... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

To me, the best thing about Princes Street itself is that it (logically) borders the Princes Street Gardens and faces Edinburgh Castle, hence amazing views. Otherwise this is like any other high street with boutiques and drugstores. It is a main thoroughfare and it's also where the Edinburgh Trams to the airport will let you out.

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The Colony, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Historical area, get out your Credit cards!!! A shoppers delight, not to my taste, as we were there for the history and culture, not the shopping. If that is your fancy, there are major expensive stores there!

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Killeen, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Nice street to walk down to shop or enjoy the park that runs parallel to the street. There are many good shops along the way!

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Tamworth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Our hotel was in Princes Street, so we really enjoyed the opportunity to go for a long walk and look at all the shops. Everything is catered for, for all family members. Although it was late Saturday afternoon when we arrived in Edinburgh, the area was very busy and the shops crowded.

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Prestwick, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Awesome day with the lads,suits bought,then food,lots of both to choose from even managed to spoil the misses long day but great.

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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.