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Princes Street Gardens

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Address: West Gardens Cottage Princes Street | Seasonal Opening Hours, Edinburgh EH2 2HG, Scotland
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+44 131 529 7921
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 beautiful park in the centre of the city

This is a truly beautiful place to walk through, have a picnic or just sit on a bench and soak up the beauty of the gardens and surrounding city of Edinburgh We had a picnic... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a truly beautiful place to walk through, have a picnic or just sit on a bench and soak up the beauty of the gardens and surrounding city of Edinburgh We had a picnic here before heading back to the airport on the excellent link bus. A perfect end to a wonderful visit to Edinburgh

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

These gardens were beautiful and this was a nice place to rest after hours of walking through crowds of people. There are also nice walking paths through the garden. Very pleasant spot!

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a lovely place in the heart of the city lots of benches to rest your weary feet after a hard day at the shops.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful, large gardens, great place for a picnic if the weather is nice or even just ok! I thought it looked like there should have been a river or something in it's place so I asked a guide about he. She told me that in the 18th century there was a lake there. It was very toxic, people dumped all... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great place to go when the weather is nice although does get busy. Your transported away and forget your in the middle of a city!

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Good place to withdrawal from tourist hoards on sidewalks. Sits below street level and sound from traffic is somewhat diminished. Not overwhelming amount of plant species and did not see any not found in other city parks.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

these gardens are a credit to the city they are gorgeous, well kept and really neat and tidy well worth a walk around

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Located right in the heart of the tourist area, the gardens provide a quiet oasis to break way from the fast pace of exploring all the attractions in the immediate neighbourhood. The gardens are located just below Edinburgh Castle, and minutes from the Waverley Station, the gardens offers lots of benches, and a stunning floral display.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Gardens are a haven of peace in the city centre with some excellent photographic opportunities - Wojtek the bear is a lovely tribute to the bear adopted by Polish soldiers in warfare. Also check out Bum, the dog, at the Southwest corner - he was given to the city after we gave San Diego a replica of Greyfriars Bobby.... More 

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A nice spot to relax in the middle of old and new town. Beautiful flowers and green spots plus some nice buildings in both ends.

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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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