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Holyrood Park

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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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City Escape

A great place to go to briefly escape from the city. Popular with walkers, runners and cyclists alike. I used to regularly use this as my lunchtime run route, and then again for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
London, United Kingdom

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A great place to go to briefly escape from the city. Popular with walkers, runners and cyclists alike. I used to regularly use this as my lunchtime run route, and then again for my evening cycles around Arthur's Seat. Perfect in the summer, but great all year round.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Stumbled on this by chance as was walking towards the palace - decided to go for a gentle hike - great views as you get further up of the City and further a field. Im sure you could do a whole day here if you came prepared, however we enjoyed our hour of so of walking up - it does... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Walking holyrood park you could quite easily forget your in a busy city. While walking we only came across a handful of people it was like being on a hike in the middle of the country side it was peaceful and beautiful. Some stunning views over the city. I would definitely recommend it. Just beware the weather can change rather... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed my time at Holyroodhouse a Royal palace. But it reminded me of a rich persons beach house. It looks to be full of left overs from other houses. Some of the rooms were grace & favor apartments years ago so the furnishing are not overly impressive. The queens gallery is also worth a look. But we had just... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have to admit, I always thought this area WAS Arthur's Seat. Nope, that's the even higher peak in behind this one. This area however is a nice alternative which offers fantastic views of the city, while requiring less time. It's still a long walk up, let's not kid ourselves, and at least 3 times on the way up, you'll... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There aren't many capitals in the world that are capable of being so modern and advanced, and still offer you the full splendour of nature in a matter of minutes. Edinburgh is one of those, fortunately, and in Holyrood Park you can actually forget that you're in a European capital. Take comfortable, impermeable clothing (usually muddy if it's raining /... More 

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Norwich, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for a run around Holyrood and the main city centre. It is gorgeous scenery. Brilliant views of the surrounding areas.

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were in Edinburgh on a family visit and we wanted to see Arthur's Seat and the park. We traveled with disabled family members, which was not an issue as you can drive about half way up Arthur's seat. Even half way up the views are fantastic and as you drive round they just get better. There is a car... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Holyrood Park is a kind of a small highlands just at the door of Edenburgh. You get a kind of a Ben (Arthur seat) you get 2 lochs, you get a lot of the green stuff with trees. Be sure to get a stroll here and enjoy the ever changing Scottish weather... :) :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had been staying overnight in Edinburgh for a Dinner Dance and Holyrood Park seemed the ideal place to go the following morning for a walk and fresh air. There's plenty of space for everyone with several possible routes and a chance to clim Arthur's Seat for the more fit of us! Great views, too, of Edinburgh!

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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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