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Address: St. Andrews House 2 Regent Road, Edinburgh EH1 3DG, Scotland
Phone Number: 44 131 200 2000

Historic neighborhood lined with monuments dating back to the...

Historic neighborhood lined with monuments dating back to the Enlightenment.

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Great walk, beautiful views

The walk up the hill is a bit steep, but totally worth it. If you go in the late afternoon, the sunsets are stunning

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The walk up the hill is a bit steep, but totally worth it. If you go in the late afternoon, the sunsets are stunning

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not far from the palace (walking distance less than 30 mins) and a very easy ascent make this hill well worth your time.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

First time on Calton Hill, the views are amazing ( good weather does help ) more to see than you would think

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Fountain Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a great first place to visit and get a visual sense of the city layout. Good historical information. Great photos opportunities.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Just off the centre this is a beautiful spot to get away from the city hussle and bussle. Stunning architecture with plenty of benches and historic information. Only disappointment is the nelson monument costing £5 per person, there is in fact very few things in Edinburgh less than this so even a few days will become far too expensive.

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Saw the hill from the North Bridge going to the old town. I decided to check it out. It was a beautiful day and so walking around was fun. The Nelson monument is there and it is 5pounds sterling to climb the stairs and there is a great view of all of Edinburgh. Also inside of the monument is a... More 

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Kapolei, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We arrived in Edinburgh by train from Kings Cross. It was a long travel for me and my friend from Hawaii. But once we arrive at our hotel at Motel One Edinburgh Princess, the staff suggested that we make it up to Calton Hill. We are not hikers but it wasn't too bad. We made it to to the top... More 

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I stopped here to take photo's the views are well worth the journey to get here by bus which runs every few minutes the views are amazing

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stumbled on Calton Hill by accident on a beautiful Saturday morning. The place was filled with locals and tourists picnicking, shooting photos and soaking in the wonderful views. Plus there's a number of interesting structures. Great green getaway in the city

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Calton Hill is just a couple of flight of steps starting from the Princess Street, about 200 meters from the North Bridge. It is easier to climb than you think. You get beautiful panoramic views of the city and beyond. Great for photography. We visited on the last day of our visit. Had we visited earlier, we would have definitely... More 

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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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