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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
Activities: Hiking
Description: 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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Travellers all like a great view of what they are staying near and Holyrood Park gives just that, but you need to earn it by being fit. Parking is the same as with Holyrood Palace... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Travellers all like a great view of what they are staying near and Holyrood Park gives just that, but you need to earn it by being fit. Parking is the same as with Holyrood Palace and do note the trail maps near the entrance. The closest takes one on a steep paved path for most of the way giving a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

A truly beautiful part of Edinburgh, with stunning views from the top of Arthur's seat. Well worth visiting!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Really, bring your walking boots and go there! Salisbury rags just rocks!;-) I spent in Holyrood park hold day...

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

The walk around Queens drive is breathtaking even if you do not have the energy to climb Arthur's seat. A nice way to escape the hustle and bustle of the old town for a couple of hours.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

The queen's residence in Edinburgh. Very good audio tour, lots of knowledgeable docents. Art, architecture and history to the present. Holyrood Abbey ruins adjacent. Nice walk from Holyrood Park. Allow a couple of hours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Very interesting (my 13 year old says "awesome"). Staff so helpful with a wheelchair - my Mum said she felt treated like royalty herself. Interesting house, crown jewels good (though understand there was a long wait)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

This is, in my estimation, the highlight of Edinburgh. A truly stunning park on a dormant volcano. Be sure to hike up to Arthur's Seat for breathtaking views of the city, countryside, and ocean. Dress well - wear good shoes, and, as you are in Edinburgh, be prepared for sun and rain. Can easily hike to Arthur's Seat, spend some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Wow! Expect a difficult hike but take your time and enjoy. The park is very large and the landscape is beautiful and practically in town.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

what is better than amazing hiking experience as a city park? Steps from Edinburgh city is the Scottish Highlands with an amazing park that combines the buttes of utah with the ridges of scotland , all easily accessible with numerous walking trails and amazing views.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

A delightful tour of a working castle. My friend had been there three times but had never gotten inside due to official business at the castle. We saw an archery tournament between the Queen's archers and the Woodsmen from Kent (I believe) in a contest that only takes place every two years. The gardens are manicured. The castle is beautiful!

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Address: Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh EH16 5BT, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 (0)131 652 8150
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Southside & Holyrood

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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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