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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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Nothing better than a walk to warm up in a cold day

This is a beautiful place to take a walk with no agenda. Beautiful views and not very tiring. Great to exercise!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Porto Alegre, RS

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful place to take a walk with no agenda. Beautiful views and not very tiring. Great to exercise!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Just at the end of the Royal Mile and contains Arthur's Seat the number one must see attraction in Edinburgh

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Love the huge and beautiful garden. The view from the high mountain over Edinburgh is overwelming, the way to the top is hard, difficult and with no signs.

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Denver, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Beautiful place, be prepared to do some hiking. If you're not in decent shape, you probably don't want to do this. You can get a good view from the Queens home without doing the climb.

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Perfect for a walk or a run. This park is surprisingly large and provides fantastic views over the whole of Edinburgh.

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Rowlands Gill, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

A great place to get out of the city for a little while. Queen's Drive is ideal for a short run, with nice views and gentle inclines. The path around Queen's Drive is suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs etc., and there are a few benches to sit on. There are a few unpaved paths leading away from the road and going... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Spent a week in Edinburgh and spent a few hours walking at Holyrood. It was clear but quite windy when my wife and I hiked around here. There are plenty of different trails to choose from and you just need to pick the one that looks right for you. We hiked up the perimeter of the hill and took in... More 

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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Breath taking views from the Hills. Didn't reach Arthur's seat as I choose to have a walk with my dog on more suitable rout for him. I love this park the same I love Old Town!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

So just reviewed Arthur's Seat so need to add the greater Holyrood Park in to this love fest. An absolute stunner of a city centre park, one of my most favorite places in the whole of the UK. Every time I'm up that way, a stop here is a must.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Enjoyed walk in the Park and tour of Palace. Had own Garden Tour leader and then ear phones to best understand the rest of the Palace. As our housing was next to the Park this was perfect.

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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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