Calton Hill

Calton Hill, Edinburgh: Hours, Address, Calton Hill Reviews: 4.5/5

Calton Hill
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Lookouts • Geologic Formations
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Historic neighborhood lined with monuments dating back to the Enlightenment.
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Neighborhood: Broughton & Calton
Lying where grandiose New Town townhouses give way to malls and utilitarian housing, Broughton and Calton have long been transitional neighborhoods with a mixed identity. It’s here that Edinburgh’s gay village found a home in the 1980s. But gay culture is anything but overt along bustling epicenter Broughton Street; even if polished pubs, hip bistros, smart delis and art galleries all speak of affluent good taste. The top of Leith Walk is more ragged. This major thoroughfare boasts a famously gritty gay club, as well as a strip of good Indian restaurants. Regal Georgian and Victorian townhouses preside over largely deserted streets in Calton, where only the occasional restaurant or hotel brings much life. Even so, a steady trickle of idlers and picnickers pass by to climb Calton Hill for its wide-open lawns, wonderful city views, and curious monuments – an Athenian-style temple among them.
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Stephen C
Wollongong, Australia694 contributions
May 2022
Very much enjoyed the early morning little walk up to this landmark attraction and city views. Well worth the effort and a little of your time you'll be rewarded. The commemorative Cairn was particularly interesting so check it out.
Written May 7, 2022
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Holly
58 contributions
Jul 2021
We visited in the evening during golden hour and it was lovely to check out the view of the city. Really nice and chill. The steps up weren't to difficult to come up either. Lots of youths hanging around the area having fun.
Written July 21, 2021
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goldeng1rl
Edinburgh, UK211 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We visited on a cold, wet and windy day but it was well worth it. I have a blue badge so was able to be driven to the top and to park. The paths are very flat and smooth so very wheelchair friendly. The view includes all the way from the Castle, Scott Monument, the construction of the replacement of St James Centre, over to the Forth Rail Bridge, Leith and all the way round to the coast of East Lothian.

We went into an exhibition about an aquarium in Casablanca which wasn’t very interesting and didn’t explain why it was there or it’s connection with Edinburgh.

There is a kiosk selling high quality coffee and cakes. If you keep going you will eventually reach the Lookout restaurant although it is so popular you will have to book in advance even in winter.
Written January 16, 2020
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ItTastesLikeFeet
Edinburgh, UK498 contributions
Apr 2021 • Solo
A different vantage point of the city compared to the other hills in Edinburgh. Calton Hill is the closest to the city centre of the hills with the buildings creating a contrasting backdrop in photos. The partly finished monument atop the hill can be climbed onto with tourists and locals alike often venturing up. There are informative signs and plaques pointing out interesting points from the lookout. The Lookout by Gardeners Cottage is located within the art gallery grounds on the hill. The walk up the steps to Calton Hill can be strenuous but there are other flatter paths to get up.
Written June 19, 2021
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Paul K
Glossop, UK5 contributions
May 2022 • Family
Walked up to Calton Hill and loved the views and the monuments. Thought it was great that you can walk around the top of the hill and get a complete view of the city. Lots of information explaining the monuments and their history on site. Well worth the short walk up.
Written May 16, 2022
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Chris W
Naseby, UK82 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We climbed in rain up to the top, not far really, then it rained and the rain turned to sleet, the sleet whipped up a storm then sunshine came out again. The view is wonderful and if you are new to the city it gives a good over view to get your bearings as you can see for miles in every direction. We staggered down again, weather beaten and happy to go into the first coffee shop we saw to dry out.
Written February 22, 2020
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Biddyuk
10 contributions
Sep 2021
The access is up a steep hill and set of steps, so not for the unfit.
Views from the top are wonderful and give a panoramic sight. Unfortunately due to covid the attraction buildings were closed, save for open aspect of the columns, but you have to climb up the front of the building's stonework as it is not accessible any other way.
Written September 18, 2021
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BT3rd
Datchet, UK5,756 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
We trekked up the steps to the top of the hill as we were passing from climbing Arthur’s Seat.
The views of the city are best from here as you can see it in detail. The partially built ‘Parthenon’ has huge columns and Nelson’s ‘telescope’ is there too.
If you cannot do or det to Arthur’s Seat then this is a great substitute.
Written September 23, 2021
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Ed S
Bath, UK405 contributions
Jul 2021
On a very hot July Saturday, Calton Hill was a great alternative to Arthur’s Seat. Firstly, it was closer to Prince’s Street, and secondly it is only a 100 metre climb to the top. There are several different paths around the hill, all with different views of the city and of the Firth of Forth. There is also an observatory, an acropolis and several other buildings to explore. Arthur’s Seat looked like a rugby scrum, which is not what you want in a global pandemic.
Written July 29, 2021
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Sasha M
Sydney, Australia378 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
The hill is worth climbing the stairs! At the top the parkland is extensive and there are fantastic Views of the city and coastline. The old monuments and observatory make for some interesting viewing and of course the photos from here are brilliant. We were there on a cold windy day, so take a scarf and beanie as it gets cold up there as it is very exposed.
Written January 17, 2020
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