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Holyrood Park

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Southside & Holyrood
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Address: Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh EH16 5BT, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 (0)131 652 8150
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

Holyrood Park is a unique historic landscape in the heart of the city,...

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.

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What a great park - home to Arthurs seat - it has some great surroundings with lovely photos to be had - deffo worth a visit

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What a great park - home to Arthurs seat - it has some great surroundings with lovely photos to be had - deffo worth a visit

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Zutphen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a good walk and climb to the top of Arthur's seat for some wonderfull city vieuws over Edinburgh town. With good weather you can look over the town and the forte of fife

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Holyrood Park is a beautiful and large park in the centre of Edinburgh, stretching from Duddingston to Newington and of course to Holyrood as well. Encompassing Arthur's Seat and the Crags, walking and jogging opportunities are endless, and the amazing views atop these hills make it very worthwhile. Of course, you don't have to climb to the very top, as... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wear appropriate footwear, and something warm for the top. There's more than one walk to be done - nice pub (Sheep Heid Inn) and historic church (Duddingston Kirk) on the southern side if you get that far.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

what a great amenity only 15 mins walk from city centre. Great views and great walking with plenty of paths. Recommend you wear suitable walking shoes or boots especially if frosty

Thank mikeyBirmingham
Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

...And if you can, go geocaching. So Worth bundling up, taking a packed lunch, and wandering around for a few hours

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A brisk walk round the park certainly blows away the cobwebs. Lots of joggers and dog walkers. Good paths, although some were muddy. Suggest you wear appropriate footwear. Great views of Edinburgh and Leith.

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Last spring I took part in the Edinburgh Marathon in Holyrood Park. I ran with my friend 5 km beautiful way.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our little group of three enjoyed a wonderful afternoon climbing along the paths of Holyrood Park. Some parts of our trek were a bit precarious. How dramatic the stroll turned when the fog dropped in. We could hear people but have no sight of them until the fog lifted. Take a backpack picnic and enjoy this unique park.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been up here a few times, with people that were fit and people that weren't. I think three hours is reasonable if you are going to the top but there are plenty of other routes you can take if you don't want to get sweaty.

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Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighborhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.
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