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Princes Street

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Address: Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

A busy street lined with shops, historic monuments and restaurants.

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Not what it was even before the building of the tram line that never seams to stop any where interesting. Princess street is a shadow of the magic of Edinburgh. Forget about the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Stonehaven, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is poor for a city centre of the capital. The shops are very poor. Better to take a stroll in the gardens opposite the shops.

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Stonehaven, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Not what it was even before the building of the tram line that never seams to stop any where interesting. Princess street is a shadow of the magic of Edinburgh. Forget about the the shops or lack of it is the people that make it now the buskers, street artists and stuff that makes it happen.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Besides having a number of shops and a nice urban atmosphere one of the best features of Princes Street is that it is close to many of Edinburgh's key attractions (and the ones that are further away can be easily reached via bus, tram or even train). Hence, an exploration of Edinburgh may well start and end at Princes Street.

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Sutton, null, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Standard UK shopping street. A few tourist and Scottish shops bit mostly all the normal high street names you would expect. The royal mile if not shopping nicer.

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Yorkshire, UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Not a lot different to most of the main shopping areas in a lot of UK towns, including Oxford Street in London. All the usual shops you'd expect to find plus local shops selling Scottish souvenirs - some of which are rally tatty. Transport links very good, bus and tram, Waverley Rail Station close by. My tip - cross over... More 

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Polk City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a family trip to Edinburgh. Ages arranged from 15- 51. There was plenty to do, see, eat and drink on Princes Street.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of activity on this street. All the tour buses, train passengers, Tourist Information is here, and, if you visit Edinburgh you too will be.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Typical busy high street. Has the usual shops - Debenhams, McDonalds, House of Fraser.... Nothing special really.

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New Delhi, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Been here but not much attraction around, in other words old town need to get upgrade for attraction

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pretty but rather standard shopping street. Very busy with buses and trams and people. Easy to navigate but if not wanting to shop or eat there's very little else however it's a useful thoroughfare and the gardens are very nice.

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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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