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Princes Street Gardens

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Address: West Gardens Cottage Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2HG, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 529 7921
7:00 am - 7:15 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 7:15 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

Impeccably landscaped park and woodland surrounding Edinburgh Castle.

Impeccably landscaped park and woodland surrounding Edinburgh Castle.

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A wonderful place to people-watch a d spend time when in Edinburgh, particularly on a sunny day. The stuff of dreams.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A stunning park, until you get to the childrens' play area which is run down, dirty and dilapidated. Not ideal when you have promised your daughter a trip to the park and then feel she could hurt herself as some areas were unsafe!

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A wonderful place to people-watch a d spend time when in Edinburgh, particularly on a sunny day. The stuff of dreams.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well I can say I saw much better garden than this; however its nice place to have your food if you bring with you; let the kids play, enjoy watching the castle.

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St. Louis, MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice Park below the Castle, with a fountain and lots of grass to just lie down and relax or eat a picnic. The Park contains the floral clock, Ross fountain and the Scott Monument. Good place to slow down and gaze at the castle just above.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On the first day of autumn, our very brief visit was a lovely, peaceful respite from the bustle of the city. There were still late summer flowers in bloom. Just another rich layer in this beautiful, complex city.

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Southington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Walking along these Gardens is like walking through a mystical garden. Lush flowers sculptured to catch those special picture moments. Looking into the glorious sites of the Castle and surrounding buildings. Crossing the street to eat and shop what more can anyone ask for

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There couldn't be a better placed park - so central, and perfect for crossing all parts of town. The playground and wide paths made it perfect for our little one

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A visit to the Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh means that you will have a multitude of things to see and do. From admiring the beautiful gardens to embracing the Edinburgh Castle loking down at you. In addition there are so many other attractions in the gardens. A must.

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Loved sitting down here in the afternoons for a quiet moment after strolling the city. Love the amazing view of the castle.

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Been here as part of a week in Embra.Musta walked through these scenic flowery gardens between the castle & princess street a million times without a second thought .but can think of no better place to stroll through & spend a couple of hours on a nice sunny day.

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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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