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Princes Street

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Princes Street and Gardens
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Address: 53 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2DG, Scotland

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

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Not just for shopping

Always busy, teaming with people, young and old, tourists and locals, shoppers and strollers. It's mainly a shopping street but also great for people watching and just getting the... read more

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Along princes street you will find the usual clothing stores like h&m, mark and spencer, gap etc and a few souvenir and gift shops. Across the other side you will find the waverley station, Scott monument and an underground shopping centre. You will on the west side a great view of the Edinburgh castle.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Always busy, teaming with people, young and old, tourists and locals, shoppers and strollers. It's mainly a shopping street but also great for people watching and just getting the general feel of the town. Ever since they banned general traffic on Princes Street it's a lot more pleasant place for just taking in the atmosphere and enjoying the buzz.

Thank Applefee
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lots and lots of shops, and the occasional touristy attraction. The street is easily accessed by both bus, train and tram. However it is often absolutely mobbed and is horrendous if your not used to the city life.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is very good for shopping, with lots of variety and plenty of places to stop for coffee breaks. As you walk along looking at the stores keep glancing across the road you will see some beautiful sights, buildings and gardens. Well worth a stroll.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You will find the usual round of larger retails along Princes Street, along with a couple of attractions like Scotts Monument. But head behind Princes street to Rose street which runs parallel with Princes, and you will find some very good pubs and restaurants

Thank Chris G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

can spend the day just browsing around princes street .. plenty of shops and places to eat also shops behind this street

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of pubs and shops selling all things Scottish, kilts, wollens, cashmere. People hanging out, musicians playing bagpipes, such a great atmosphere. At the end of the street up the hill is Edinburgh Castle. We visited in July and all the stores had beautiful baskets of hanging flowers. Scotland is lovely and the people so friendly with a great sense... More 

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Barberton, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Princess Street is in the New Town and has all your modern shops and restaurants for you to enjoy. The busline is easy to navigate and is the cheapest way to go around town. If you walk across the bridge into the Old Town you will find the haunted vaults, bars and Edinburgh Castle

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always visit Princes St when were in town . Great view of Scott's monument & the Castle. Good selection of shops . Take a ride on a tram which run the whole length of the street.

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Naas, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The high light on Princes Street is 1) the gardens, 2) the view to the castle and 3) Art Gallery. The street is just like any commercial street all along one side with the usual suspects - high street shops. It is the place to get buses, trams and taxis and ultimately leads to Waverly Train Station. Running parallel with... 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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