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Princes Street Gardens

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Address: Princes Street | Seasonal Opening Hours, Edinburgh EH2 2HG, Scotland
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Impeccably landscaped park and woodland surrounding Edinburgh Castle.

Impeccably landscaped park and woodland surrounding Edinburgh Castle.

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We only walked through part of the gardens as it's February & there was a huge mud area which looked like it was being prepped for spring /summer, there are lots of benches & I'm... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We only walked through part of the gardens as it's February & there was a huge mud area which looked like it was being prepped for spring /summer, there are lots of benches & I'm sure in summer it's very busy! Great for a stroll away from the traffic & chaos of princess street! Great views of the castle from... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I only walked through the East Princes St Gardens but that was lovely enough. Even on a chilly February day, it was beautiful and peaceful. Lots of benches and not crowded. There was one large area of just prepared mud but it's a good sign of prep for a lovely summer display. I'd recommend the gardens for a stroll or... More 

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Faringdon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You get great views of the old city from the gardens and looking up at the Castle above you .. We visited in February so the gardens were not in bloom .. Probably full of colour in Spring and Summer ..

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Although they are currently undergoing some alterations its still worth a walk through. If you are going the length of Princes Street do pop in to Edinburghs oasis of calm for a more relaxed stroll. Formal gardens, mature trees, childrens play areas and monuments to national & civic pride all rub shoulders here in the shadow of the castle. Its... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Princess street gardens changes its face based on the season, in spring and summer you can see colourful flowers and greenery trees, the gardens has a place for concert and the perfect location to witness fireworks. Very close to princess street, if you are tired of shopping just cross the road and have some picnic in the gardens,

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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our focus on visiting was for the kids playground. There's enough to keep the kids interested but also plenty of space for adults to wander, sit down and have a coffee. It is a lovely oasis of calm despite being right next to one of the busiest streets in Edinburgh centre

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The scots know how to do gardens well. You will not be disappointed in these gardens. Just keep your fingers crossed for a nice sunny day.

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Thank David M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Very nice place to visit on a nice day to stroll through the gardens is lovely even on a dull day it is still a nice place to go for a walk will worth a visit and has great views of the heart of the city and the castle

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It is a really beautiful place but the only time I would go is when it's summer and with friends, growing up it was a lovely place but now it is full of youngsters drinking alcohol and acting like chimpanzees, there isn't much to do in the gardens and in my opinion they shut way to early.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My daughter and I visited Princes Street Gardens on a beautiful February morning and spent a nice hour and a half or so there. I loved reading the plaques on the benches which are in memory of many of the city's citizens of days gone by. My daughter was thrilled to find Great Aunt Lizzie's cottage from Teacup Travels -... More 

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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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