Princes Street Gardens
Princes Street Gardens
4.5
7:00 AM - 9:35 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 9:35 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 9:35 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 9:35 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 9:35 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 9:35 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 9:35 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 9:35 PM
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Neighborhood: Princes Street and Gardens
Glaswegians tease Edinburghers that their High Street is only half one, since buildings only line one side. But what they don’t say is how extraordinary the views are from Princes Street as a result. From here you look onto expansive and decorative public gardens beneath the mighty basalt cliffs on which Edinburgh’s Castle stands proud above the rest of the dramatic old town skyline. Yet many of those on Princes Street look the other way, as they’re concerned with chain store shopping or catching the tram or a train at main train station Waverley. But it’s not all utility here; the Scottish National Gallery rewards purposeless wandering, and December’s huge winter market in the gardens begins a season of revelry which ends with Hogmanay, Britain’s largest New Year’s street party.
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  • Karina N.
    Norway62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So beautiful, you'll never forget it! x
    The view, from all angles, is just sooo beautiful. It's astonishing. The whole park looks so nice, and the best part, of course, is the fountain and the castle on the mountain behind it! It's insanely beautiful, especially in good weather, when it's sunny. The sight will make you want to stay there for hours (I'm not kidding, I literally stood there for like 30 minutes, just staring at this beautiful view...). This is definitely my favourite place in all of Edinburgh. If you like beautiful views & sights, and if you love photography, this is definitely a place for you :))
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 30, 2023
  • The Trusty Trip Gal!
    England, United Kingdom243 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Nice Little Walk!
    Instead of walking down the busy ‘Princes Street’ we decided to have a little walk through the gardens to give us a little break from the busy city vibes! It was a very peaceful and relaxing atmosphere! You get great views of the Castle, Scott Monument and a fantastic view of the Old Town! I highly recommend paying the gardens a visit during your stay in Edinburgh!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 17, 2023
  • Venture447400
    San Francisco, California3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take a nice stroll
    Amazing clean and well up kept park. A walable park that is about 1/2 mile in length. I liked the early morning stroll with a castle view the entire time. Well worth an evening stroll too.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 11, 2024
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Laura D
England, UK98 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Right in the middle of the busy city centre, however you can feel miles away when you’re there. The peaceful gardens is a lovely escape from the shops. It’s a clean park with seating areas perfect for a spot of lunch. Get views of the castle as well!
Written March 8, 2020
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travellingduo
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
Beautiful garden BUT the most horrible man that works there. He ran around to everybody sitting near the fountain yelling at them to get out as it was closing time at 6:25pm. We got up and started walking to the exit and then he ran up to us again and screamed “I’m not going to tell you again, get out” he was so rude that he made my wife cry. First person in Scotland to shout in our face. He was dressed in all black and came in a park ute I believe.
Written April 22, 2022
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GrandesRocques
Sunderland, UK123 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Edinburgh is every inch the big city in a grand setting, replete with imposing buildings, landmarks and plenty of opportunities for even the most avid of shoppers. This can be a little overpowering but a good place to take five is the Princes Street Gardens. When we visited the sun was out and everyone was taking advantage of the fine weather.The gardens are overlooked by the castle but don't pass the gardens by, as they are an oasis of calm just a stone's throw from the centre of the action.
Written September 6, 2020
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greattripsrw
279 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Beautiful park area can be visited on way to or from Edinburgh Castle. It is across the street from Waverly train station and goes a long way along Princes Street. The Scott Monument is the main centerpiece of architecture here and it is very impressive with its detailed carving.
Worth visiting.
Written January 20, 2020
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Gl0balCitizen2013
United Kingdom2,806 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Princes Street Gardens are located in the heart of Edinburgh. We visited the Gardens during the evening for the Diwali celebrations and fireworks display.We had chosen to visit Edinburgh, only because of its Diwali Parade and Fireworks and we enjoyed them both. The best thing was the fireworks display and lighting the free "fuljharis" and dancing to Desi songs in the cold evening! It filled our hearts with joy!
Written May 3, 2020
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bdon257
Morpeth, UK5,450 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We had a walk along the full length of the gardens enjoying a sunny day. The fountain and various statues are focal points in different parts of the gardens. Great views of the castle and the old town can be enjoyed as well as Princes Street.
Written August 5, 2020
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QPixels
Southampton, UK393 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We had a lovely, long, relaxing stroll through the gardens. The scenery is beautiful with the castle rock in the background and lots of greenery around. The most important monument in the gardens is the Ross fountain, which I believe is cast from iron. Another interesting element is the floral clock that actually tells the correct time. Well worth the visit.
Written November 6, 2021
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WonderfulWorld
Billings, MT35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
Princes Street sidewalk was interesting for people like us from a rural state in the States. Such a variety people and shops (don’t miss looking around Jenner’s Store). But when you want a break from the hustle and bustle, walk across the street and go down a few steps and be transported into a colorful, peaceful bit of heaven. There are expanses of manicured lawns and flower beds, whimsical and historic statues, and an amazing fountain. There are numerous benches and a few food vendors. Don’t miss the flower clock at one end of the park and a peaceful church and cemetery at the other. (I think the church was St. Giles.). There are so many churches that it is hard to remember which is which. This is one that doesn’t have an admission fee.
The park is extensive but surprisingly easy to miss because it is below grade. Oh, one of my favorite places in Edinburgh was the tea cottage in Princes Street Gardens. It is the set for a popular children’s tv show in the U.K. I wish we could have seen the inside but seeing the outside was enchanting.,We first saw it from the Castle and wondered what it was. We almost missed it because we didn’t walk through the gardens until the last day we were in Edinburgh.
Written January 6, 2020
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Dennis Smalley
Glasgow, UK3,234 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Solo
Because of the Covid curse i had not been here for over 2 years. I was very disappointed to find that the huge section between the border at Lothian Rd.and the National Art Gallery was closed. A sign read closed cos of weather conditions. If we used that rule of thumb then most of Scotland wood be closed permanently. The gardens are always in good order the jewel in the crown being the magnificent Roses running unbroken along the expanse of the Prince's St. first terrace. The park is much lower than street level so stairs have to be negotiated. Its a beautiful place to escape to, avoiding the buzz of tbe busy city above Adjacent to Waverly rail station and a short walk from St Andrews Sq,bus station, the gardens are a joy........When Open.😳
Written July 8, 2021
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A Midlife Adventure
Dursley, UK2,768 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The Princes Street Gardens are well laid out and easy to stroll around without getting lost. The central fountain is beautiful and with benches nearby you can sit and take a breathe between site seeing and watch the world go by for a while.
The gardens and grass areas are well kept and everywhere it is clean, free from rubbish and vagrants.A great place to eat a picnic lunch and there is a central cafe if you've not bought your food in advance.
We enjoyed this inner city park so much we returned on a second day.
Written July 27, 2021
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