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Princes Street Gardens

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Address: Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2HG, Scotland
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+44 131 529 7921
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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
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Impeccably landscaped park and woodland surrounding Edinburgh Castle.

Impeccably landscaped park and woodland surrounding Edinburgh Castle.

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Lungs of the city

Perhaps Edinburgh with a nice breeze doesn't exactly need lungs, but everyone can appreciate these gorgeous gardens. Whether to get of Princes St, or disappear into the 20 acres... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Perhaps Edinburgh with a nice breeze doesn't exactly need lungs, but everyone can appreciate these gorgeous gardens. Whether to get of Princes St, or disappear into the 20 acres or-so of land here. Cross a bridge to the castle slopes, view a flower garden. Scoot along to the art gallery - or just let your eyes relax across the green... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I thought that after the christmas market the Princes Street Gardens would "lose their touch": i was wrong. Absolutely stunning and all of the reviewers pictures prove it. This city never lets me down!

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Thank Vane R
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Working in the city you can start to take the gardens for granted. In the summer there is no better place to take your lunch and enjoy some sun on the grass. On a frosty morning in the winter they are no less beautiful and when the Christmas markets arrive they are busy and filled with delicious food and warm... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Despite having lived in Edinburgh for years, only went to Princes Street Gardens to see the Christmas decorations for the first time this year. Lovely atmosphere on a pleasant December evening. Area around market and Big Wheel and other rides full but not too full and everyone looking happy. Managed to feel Christmassy for the first time! Various bars and... More 

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

Great place to switch off from being right in the City Centre. The flower displays are always great in the borders as you walk through. Lovely view of the Castle above and the floral clock is at one end for the summer. Very relaxing as you walk through. Some benches donated in memory of beloved ones and now there is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It was surreal finally seeing the Princes Street Gardens with my own eyes. It's every bit as beautiful in person. I could've stayed forever, but there was so much more to do and see.

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really nice to walk through Great views looking up at the castle, gives a different perspective.. Worth a visit, night or day.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Edinburgh and the gardens when the markets and Christmas festivities were on, they're well worth a visit, something for everyone.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a lovely, fun time here in the market with shopping and a go on the big wheel. The views over Edinburgh (if you dare to look) are spectacular and take a trip on the chair planes that go above the Scott monument (I didn't). Nice little stalls, it had a real Christmassy feel particularly at night when the whole... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Princes street gardens are beautiful all year round and is so impressive at Christmas with the market and Santa Land for little children. Our 2 year old was big enough for all the little rides.

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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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