Calton Hill

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

Calton Hill
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Lookouts • Geologic Formations
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
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
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Historic neighborhood lined with monuments dating back to the Enlightenment.
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The area
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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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ItTastesLikeFeet
Edinburgh, UK459 contributions
Great views of the city
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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Mobile819987
24 contributions
not bad
Jun 2021
Not bad, but five quid suggested donation for a visiting a shop with one telescope was not on, lesson, donate After the visit..
Written June 17, 2021
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The Marrs
United Kingdom588 contributions
An amazing view
Jun 2021 • Couples
Just at the back of the hotel we were staying at, quickest way in is the main entrance next to Howies

Well worth the walk up to the peak.
The old buildings are stunning.
The views are even better
Written June 16, 2021
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12:
London, UK515 contributions
Fantastic views
May 2021 • Couples
I actually preferred the view from Calton Hill compared to Arthur’s seat! It was a lot quieter so you felt you could hang around for much longer!
Written June 14, 2021
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MJ
3 contributions
Worth the walk
Jun 2021 • Couples
Visited here on 2nd June. We had a lovely clear blue sky so had fabulous views of the city and coastline. Well worth the walk up which isn't as bad as you think it will be
Written June 5, 2021
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divingtesky
Bedford, UK22 contributions
Spectacular views
Jun 2021 • Family
We visited here to have our lunch on a sunny bank holiday. The views were amazing and the kids found plenty to do pottering around. The van seeking takeaway bits and pieces was awesome and the food delicious.
Written June 1, 2021
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Join the Campbells
Perth, UK68 contributions
An amazing place to visit
May 2021
Calton Hill is only a short walk from Princess Street and yet in all my years of visiting Edinburgh have never made the short walk up to it. It is definitely worth the effort, not only are you treated to several impressive monuments and an observatory but some of the best views of the Edinburgh skyline, including Arthurs Seat, Hollyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle. Absolutely breathtaking on a sunny day.
Written May 31, 2021
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Wolves1978
Farnborough, UK40 contributions
Worth the exertion up the hill
May 2021 • Solo
Worth the walk up the steps for the views of Edinburgh
Walked up after dinner, sun still shining and not many people around
Written May 9, 2021
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malc1005
Kettering, UK3,339 contributions
Great views
May 2021 • Couples
A bit of a hike to get up the hill, but well worth the effort. Great views in all directions, very photogenic. Highly Recommended
Written May 8, 2021
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IrishRover
Richmond-upon-Thames, UK2,021 contributions
Worth the walk
Apr 2021 • Solo
Great views with a little exercise thrown in. The views are fantastic and the mix matched architecture is unique. The walk up was not challenging and well worth the time to make the trek
Written April 17, 2021
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