Princes Street

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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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Malgorzata
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Princes Street is one of the major thoroughfares in central Edinburgh and the main shopping street in the capital. It is the southernmost street of Edinburgh's New Town. The street has practically no buildings on the south side, allowing panoramic views of the Old Town and Edinburgh Castle. Very impressive and beautiful street. Lots of memorials and statues along the sidewalk. There's a lot of shops here.
The name Princes Street is synonymous with Edinburgh, but its architecture is often overlooked by city residents and tourist. In fact most of its buildings are now listed and some of them are a real treasures. So, next time when you are shopping or traveling by bus, take a closer look and admire the hidden beauty of Princes Street.
Written January 5, 2020
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Suratrichard
Surat Thani, Thailand1,385 contributions
You get something of everything walking along Princes St...and it's not just shops! Princes St contains many architectural gems with many listed buildings as well as statues etc and wonderful views towards Edinburgh Castle. It's also worth exploring some of the streets off Princes St for more shops and well designed buildings.
There are a number of very good restaurants in the area as opposed to the fast food outlets but if you can't do without a McDonald's, then head for the railway station.
Window shopping or splashing the cash is fine but do look at the buildings as well!
Written January 9, 2020
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK4,491 contributions
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I have been fortunate to visit many capital cities throughout the world, and they all tend to have a main shopping street.
Princes Street fulfils this role in Edinburgh and, in my view, is rather unique.

Unlike most main thoroughfares, Princes Street is only built up along one side, with the other side left as an open area leading to beautiful gardens and providing fabulous views of the impressive Castle. What buildings there are include splendid monuments and statues as well as impressive hotels and other buildings.
Oh - and there’s lots of shops, restaurants etc as well!
Written November 14, 2020
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Mark
Edinburgh, UK1 contribution
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Shocking customer service. Visited with an elderly friend who has limited vision. She was asked to wear a mask despite being exempt and clearly wearing a lanyard showing thus then told to have a look around but advised "we are closing in 20 minutes"
Written August 12, 2021
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Jason M
Cardiff, UK77 contributions
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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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Joanie H
Dagenham, UK459 contributions
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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, UK375 contributions
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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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James P
Cambridge, UK2,319 contributions
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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Sandy
Kincardine, Canada2,046 contributions
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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, UK3,123 contributions
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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