Princes Street
Princes Street
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A busy street lined with shops, historic monuments and restaurants.
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Neighborhood: 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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Joanie H
Dagenham, UK567 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
We walked up and down this busy street during our time in Edinburgh. It is a busy street with many shops to look in, lots of sides streets cone off of this and you can find some good places to eat and drink. If you like shopping then you will enjoy this street.
Written August 1, 2020
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MarCarl
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK382 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
It’s the Main Street of Edinburgh, shops bars and hotels.
A tram runs down the street ever 15 min,busses and lots of cars and taxis.

Crowded when we visited in late Aug, no amount of social distancing, and very few people wearing masks.
Written August 30, 2020
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Jason M
Cardiff, UK79 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
Princes street is still a place to shop but it has suffered somewhat, probably from Covid effects.
Quite a few shops empty and it just did not have the same energy that I had always felt previously.
Hopefully a post virus comeback will take place and I can enjoy it again.
Written July 4, 2021
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Sandy
Kincardine, Canada2,049 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is a iconic street. Even in February rain, it is interesting. However, there are too many beggars and loose paving stones. Take a walk in the evening. Lots of good lighting of the monument. Especially, the Scott monument.
Recommend
Written February 18, 2020
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Nicola D
Hessle, UK3,171 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Princes Street is a long street marking the edge of Edinburgh’s New Town. It is approximately a mile long. One side of the road is lined with high street shops, department stores and hotels, and the other side of the road is highlighted at either end with the Balmoral Hotel (with it’s famous clock tower) and the striking Caledonian Hotel made of red sandstone. In between these 2 landmarks are Waverley Station, the amazing Princes Street Gardens, the Scott Monument, Royal Scottish Academy and the National Gallery of Scotland. There are also various national monuments. Princes Street is overlooked by the impressive Edinburgh Castle.
It is a pleasant and interesting walk despite the rough sleepers.
Written March 19, 2020
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SuperguideEdinburgh
Lasswade, UK48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
I visited the Princes Street store on January 23 with a new phone that was giving me all sorts of problems I spotted a young Spanish assistant that I knew From when she worked in a Royal Mile bar at the same time ta young male assistant was making his way towards me. She introduced us, his name is Jamie.

He spent about half an hour and was so patient. I am a senior citizen so much of the modern technology is Rocket science to me. He sorted out my problems which had been bothering me for weeks , and all at no charge. I thjnk that's what is best about the store is the obvious enthusiasm and approachability of the people who work there. Be very proud and keep up the good work

Bill Hill
Written January 24, 2023
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Bandit-One
Lucerne, Switzerland7,838 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
It's been a while since the last time we've been in Edinburgh. This time there were a LOT more visitors. There was a festival going on and the streets were packed.

Luckily Princes Street is pretty wide, so there was still space to enjoy a walk up and down the street.

The shops are what you usually find in major cities. Primark and M&S being to most interesting to us. M&S always has good quality loungewear for low prices. H&M, Kiko, Swatch, Apple - they are all here.

But besides the shops there are some sights to spot from here. Of course the Edinburgh Castle. But also the very nice Scottish National Gallery or the impressive Scott Monument. The Princes Street Gardens park is just across the street and worth a look.

Be careful crossing the streets though, Princes is a very busy street with lots of traffic.
Written January 3, 2023
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James P
Cambridge, UK2,452 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
A road to get from the station to your hotel... not much else worth noting. Poor selection of shops now, and several beggars - just all feels a bit grim. Much, much better is to drop down into the Princes Street Gardens to travel the length if you need to.
Written August 2, 2022
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Jeppe S
Copenhagen, Denmark744 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Princes Street is the main shopping street of Ediburgh. It is just on the south of New Town and offers great view of Old Town and Edinburgh Castle. The shops are pretty much the same as you would find anywere else. The good thing is, that is a lot less touristy than Royal Mile in Old Town
Written May 23, 2023
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Lesley K
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
smelled good. Very good stores. Nice. 👍. Theres quite a lot of people and it can be hard to walk, but what can you do, its fine, good even. yeah. go there. you'll find something you like there probably, most likely actually, maybe. anyway just go and you'll find out. 👍👍
Written June 10, 2023
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