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Address: Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Activities: Shopping
Description: A busy street lined with shops, historic monuments and restaurants.
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I stayed with family for 4 nights in a hotel very near to princes street. It was lively with restaurants, shops. Enjoyed the trip

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Muscat, Oman
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I stayed with family for 4 nights in a hotel very near to princes street. It was lively with restaurants, shops. Enjoyed the trip

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Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Big street where there are a lot of shops and where most of the Lothian buses stop. 8-10 minutes walking from the royal Mile. So it is the best place to stop with the bus if you're going there. Also you can find the princes Street Gardens and the Scott monument.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is the heart of wonderful city of Edinburgh where you are close to the castle, parliament bulding, gardens, shopping...etc.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Good range of shops, some chain stores some not. Something for everybody, plenty of food/drink options up side streets When the weather is good a nice walk out with the castle opposite you. Open to the elements when its windy and/or raining, but easy enough to duck in/out of shops if the weather isnt great

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Oslo, Norway
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

There's nothing to like about Prince's Street. It's a terrible shopping street. There are loud, smelly buses. It's overcrowded. The buildings are mostly concrete. The saving grace is the view of the castle and The Mound, but you can get these from Prince's Street Gardens. Just walk through there instead. If you want to shop go to George St or... More 

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Lancaster
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Most High Street shops are situated on this wide-pavemented side of the street, with the occasional Scottish gift shop. The best thing, I found, was that there were gardens off other side and on the hill beyond was a lovely view of Edinburgh Castle and some of the buildings in the Old Town. On the gardens side, there is the... More 

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Malpas, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Great variety of shops, from normal high street favourites to smaller independents, plus the souvenir shops. Ideal place to take a wander and grab a few treats. Don't forget to stop and look at the buildings many of which are amazing. We've been a few times near Christmas which is magical, March was cold and August we got lucky and... More 

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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The good thing was it is easier to traverse now traffic is banned, the bad is that it is dull. Not a patch on what it was last time I visited a few years ago

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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

again you cannot miss rambling around here,full of atmosphere,we enjoyed most things about the street,and will visit again

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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Really buzzing area during festival week. Plenty of cafes but the main attraction for me is the street entertainers

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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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