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Address: off Regent Road, Edinburgh EH1 3DG, Scotland
Phone Number: 44 131 200 2000
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Description: Historic neighborhood lined with monuments dating back to the...
Historic neighborhood lined with monuments dating back to the Enlightenment.
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Calton Hill is just off Princess Street, Edinburgh and is very worth while a visit for the views. It is very easy to reach on foot or you can take a bus along.

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

Calton Hill is just off Princess Street, Edinburgh and is very worth while a visit for the views. It is very easy to reach on foot or you can take a bus along.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

What a climb to the top!! The view is breathtaking! I feel like I'm on the top of the world!! It was very windy when I was there...the wind almost blew my strawberry tart away....In short, it was worth it!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The hill is one of great significance to locals and is right in the city. The acropolis like monument was intended to be a replica of the Parthenon in Athens but was never completed. As funds ran dry, what was to be the National Monument became "Edinburgh's shame" But there is more…the observatory buildings, Nelson's monument and the best views... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

If you want the best view of Edinburgh you must get the top of Calton Hill. You can see the entire city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

My husband and I decided to take a walk after dinner through town. We walked up to Carlton Hill and love the monuments and history. Beautiful views!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is by far the best view of Edinburgh. It's a short climb up the hill but worth it. We went and watched the sunset over the city. The view is stunning and makes for beautiful photos. It is free and was probably my favorite spot in Edinburgh.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

It´s a magical place...up there you can see all Edinburgh up to the sea on one side and you can see Arthur´s Seat on the other side...lovely view! Up there, there are seats where you can rest and enjoy the lovely weather in summer!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

Nice for smal walk with nice view of Edinburgh clean and safe to walk don't forget to take a selfi from top

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

A short walk from old town - really, don't take a cab but rather walk. The buildings are steeped in history and provides excellent views over the royal palace and old town

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Walked up this hill by chance but the view is very nice. You can also see Arthur's seat from here, which is not possible if you are on Arthur's seat ;)

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Address: Address: off Regent Road, Edinburgh EH1 3DG, Scotland
Phone Number: 44 131 200 2000
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Broughton & Calton

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Broughton & Calton
Lying where grandiose New Town townhouses give way to malls and utilitarian housing, Broughton and Calton have long been transitional neighborhoods with a mixed identity. It’s here that Edinburgh’s gay village found a home in the 1980s. But gay culture is anything but overt along bustling epicenter Broughton Street; even if polished pubs, hip bistros, smart delis and art galleries all speak of affluent good taste. The top of Leith Walk is more ragged. This major thoroughfare boasts a famously gritty gay club, as well as a strip of good Indian restaurants. Regal Georgian and Victorian townhouses preside over largely deserted streets in Calton, where only the occasional restaurant or hotel brings much life. Even so, a steady trickle of idlers and picnickers pass by to climb Calton Hill for its wide-open lawns, wonderful city views, and curious monuments – an Athenian-style temple among them.