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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
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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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A lovely stroll around the gardens tales your mind off the fact you are in a city centre. Plenty of places to seat & relax. Nice to have an ice cream & just chill.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Widnes, United Kingdom
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Widnes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A lovely stroll around the gardens tales your mind off the fact you are in a city centre. Plenty of places to seat & relax. Nice to have an ice cream & just chill.

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Shetland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

we came here for a relaxing afternoon after running the EMF Half Marathon lovely place to spend the afternoon on a sunny relaxing day

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A well kept narrow garden, ideal for people watching, having a picnic or just soaking up the sun. During the festival plenty of pop up cafes to choose from

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lovely gardens in the heart of Edinburgh. I was lucky to be there on a particularly sunny day but beautiful and peaceful gardens and well worth a visit when in Edinburgh. Combine it with a visit to the castle.

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Ice cream under the castle, fountains and a central location for shopping and eating . Take a break from exciting Edinburgh in this idyllic place

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Doha, Qatar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This park exists as a lovely green space in the centre of the city. Princes Street runs along the north side with the National Gallery of Scotland running along the west side. It provides a green segway from the Princes Street area towards the Royal mile area. I was lucky because my hotel was at the southeast corner of the... More 

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Thank DohaInternational
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

When visiting here while the fringe was on my partner asked me to marry him under the castle!!!! It was the most magical moment of my life and I couldn't have asked for a better location xx

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Newport Pagnell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As a family we have used the gardens to walk through rather than walking along the street itself. Every year there is a floral clock that is laid out with thousands of plants to commemorate an anniversary of an organisation or event or the like. It has been made for over 100 years and is a spectacle to behold.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My ancestor, Sir James Simpson, is located there. It is a beautifully designed garden. Great walk There is a working clock made out of flowers that divides old from new town...just beneath the castle. There is a children's playground as well

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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A relaxing oasis in a busy city.These well kept gardens are a lovely place to walk through and ponder on one of the many benches.

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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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