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Holyrood Park

Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh EH16 5BT, Scotland (Holyrood/Scottish Parliament)
+44 (0)131 652 8150
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Ranked #9 of 198 attractions in Edinburgh
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Type: Parks, Castles
Activities: Hiking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Holyrood Park is a unique historic landscape in the heart of the city, whose dramatic crags and hills give Edinburgh its distinctive skyline. Within... more » Owner description: Holyrood Park is a unique historic landscape in the heart of the city, whose dramatic crags and hills give Edinburgh its distinctive skyline. Within the park is a wealth of history and archaeology spanning thousands of years. Arthur's Seat is one of four hill forts, dating from around 2,000 years ago. As well as it's rich cultural heritage, the park offers walks, solace, wildlife, volcanic geology and unparalleled vistas of the city from its many vantage points. « less
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Paris, France
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Wonderful park with characteristically Scottish scenery. Beautiful views of the city. Lots of ground to explore other than Arthur's seat.

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Oslo, Norway
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

The park is huge. You can walk through it to other attractions as Craigmillar Castle or Duddingston, or you can take a walk just to leave the noise of the city behind. You'll get a full overview of the city from the tops and it's simply beautiful. Well worth a visit, but be aware of slippery stones when it's wet.

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Los Angeles, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
25 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

This has got to be one of the most impressive parks I have seen. It has such a rugged beauty and its proximity to the city is great. If you want to hike all the way up, be sure to be properly dressed. I unfortunately was not! Enjoy!

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Croatia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
24 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Well organized visit, very good audio guides. We also had a short guided tour of the Abbey with a very interesting guide. Good insight into the Scottish history.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
25 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

I am a walker of 4 miles a day so used this place a walk to start the day. I live in Peterborough which is flat. This park is not. Early in the morning filled with walkers and joggers. Sadly I did this and was then faced with a hike round Edinburgh so by the end of the day was... More

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Edinburgh
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This huge open space next to Holyrood Palace is the Queen's back garden when she is in Edinburgh. Calling it a park is really a bit of a misnomer, it is a vast area of several square miles, always open and used by the general public daily, there is no charge. There are three lochs in the park teaming with... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Take in all the landmarks close by and enjoy the wide open space available, suitable for all, let the children rum wild and take in a picnic

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I found Holyrood Park because of the movie One Day ..... The plan initially was to hike up Arthurs Seat but because I had done a hike earlier at St abbs, I thought I should just drive and hike. It was a beautiful sunny day and we decided to buy a sandwich lunch and hike up. However, the driving route... More

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Cumbria
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

I liked everything about our visit made all the more pleasant by great weather! The landscape is amazing so close to the city!

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Salem, Oregon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

The park was a welcome bit of quiet and space after a couple of days on the Royal Mile. Near the top of Arthur's Seat it started getting windy, so a hood or cap would be recommended.

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