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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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always love a place with history

this one has Mary, Queen of Scots history, and of course, it is a beautiful place, the grounds are full of gardens, well manicured, and the old abbey next door is also open to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

this one has Mary, Queen of Scots history, and of course, it is a beautiful place, the grounds are full of gardens, well manicured, and the old abbey next door is also open to explore. It is a lovely walk around the grounds, and an interesting place to visit.

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Caerphilly, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This is a lovely park to visit in the centre of Edinburgh, there are lovely lakes (sorry lochs) with plenty of wildlife, a huge variety of flora. There is a road circumnavigating the park (although during certain times areas of the road are closed), there are dedicated cycle paths as well as walks throughout the park. During our stay we... More 

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Alstead, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Starting out in the light rain, our walk along the park paths was an introduction to the two chilly, blustery May days we spent here. We pushed on, walking below the Salisbury Craigs and enjoying the views of the city. Wary of venturing up toward Arthur's Seat, we cut back into the city at the modernistic Scottish Parliament buildings..

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

An interesting view of an historical royal estate. Descriptions of historical events were informative and placed the house and particular rooms in historical context.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Good history telling with an audio guide to add to your enjoyment. We found the assistance of staff there helpful in directing us to the correct place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

excellent veiws from Arthurs Seat of the Lothians across the Firth of forth to the Kindom of Fife. Holyrood Palace within the park

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Ripon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This was a great outdoor location. The trails throughout the park were fun with a good variety of difficulty. The flowers and other vegetation were great to observe. Lots of people and pets to share the trails.

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The Colony, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Excellent walking, or biking area with wildlife to see! The Royal Swans in the little loch were beautiful!! Great place for a run, walk, bike or picnic!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Went to Holyrood Park for a run and was blown away by the scenery. Well worth the visit if you are in the area. It is far from flat so be prepared.

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Killeen, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We sat in the park after climbing Arthur's seat and enjoyed the sun as we travelled to Edinburgh in August and the weather was superb!

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Staying in 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.