Holyrood Park

Holyrood Park, Edinburgh: Address, Phone Number, Holyrood Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Holyrood Park
4.5
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Holyrood Park is a unique historic landscape in the heart of the city, whose dramatic crags and hills give Edinburgh its distinctive skyline. Within the park is a wealth of history and archaeology spanning thousands of years. Arthur's Seat is one of four hill forts, dating from around 2,000 years ago. As well as it's rich cultural heritage, the park offers walks, solace, wildlife, volcanic geology and unparalleled vistas of the city from its many vantage points.
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Neighborhood: Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighborhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK4,286 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
If you are after lots of things to do, then this is a fantastic part of the city. As well as the challenging crags and Arthur’s seat, you have the beautiful palace, the historic old Abbey and the modern and artistic Parliament building.

But if you want a more relaxing time, there are lots of very pleasant walks to be enjoyed and, while doing so - and looking at the wide open vistas before you, it is difficult to believe that you are still in a city centre.

Fabulous area.
Written November 3, 2020
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Z5857CCsueh
Glasgow, UK174 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
Great place for a walk. I walked to St Margaret’s Loch it took about 15 minutes from the Parliament building. There are many swans on the loch. A great place to go within the city, with walks up to Arthur’s Seat & St Anthonys Chapel Ruins. You can also catch the number 6 bus from the Parliament on the way back - it goes to Hanover Street.
Written March 7, 2020
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Alan M
49 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
We took a leisurely stroll around the grounds of the park. The Salisbury Crags and Arthur's Seat offering spectacular scenery right in the heart of the city. We walked around the site to Duddingston Loch which offers excellent wildlife viewing and is another fantastic sight.
The walking routes although uphill, depending on the direction of travel, is on pavements so are comfortable and there are benches along the way to rest.
The amazing thing is just how quiet the area is, considering it sits in a capital city.
Written August 30, 2020
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Matthew P
Brighton and Hove, UK593 contributions
Oct 2021
What a gem just at the edge of the city next to Holyrood Palace. Acres of open land with running track and path around the edge with woods, manicured fields and various lakes and ruins to spot on route. If you're feeling energetic this is also the starting point for a climb up to Arthurs seat, a 250 meter climb to the summit of a long extinct volcano.
Written October 12, 2021
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Charlie B
Edinburgh, UK652 contributions
Mar 2020
We wanted to find a venue where we could walk about without crowds and having to worry about covid-19. Holyrood Park was just the place - we parked our car in the car park at a very reasonable rate and walked around various parts of the park, enjoying the sights as we went. We also made use of the toilet facilities at the side of the Visitors Centre - all in good order. We plan to make this a regular walking site for the next couple of months as we hopefully see out the viral pandemic.
Written March 14, 2020
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madaboutravelsp
Edinburgh, UK870 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
Huge, beautiful park in the middle of the city. Once you start exploring its paths you'll forget your right in the heart of the Scottish capital. Holyrood Park is an absolute haven and the best place to enjoy the great outdoors without leaving the city. Pack a picnic and make a day out of it.
Written September 27, 2020
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Chris
St. Albans, UK4,441 contributions
Jul 2020
A must-do if you're in Edinburgh.

Holyrood park is a little bit of the countryside in the middle of the City of Edinburgh. Climb Arthur's Seat to the summit and be blessed with 360 degree, bird's-eye view of Edinburgh as far as the eye can see.

Be careful, the rocks are jagged and steep in some places! We've all heard of the man from China who wasn't a very good climber, here was where he slipped on a rock.
Written July 24, 2020
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highimpactuk
Welwyn Garden City, UK1,002 contributions
Oct 2020
We visited the park during our short trip. Although there were protests outside (lockdown/restrictions-related), the park itself was very serene and we could have spent the entire day there. We did not do the hard hike to Arthur's seat as we did not have the time (or the energy :)) to do it this time.
Written October 14, 2020
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Martin
2 contributions
Jan 2020
This park has a serious traffic management problem.
There are more car parks than pedestrian crossings across what is a very busy road.
Traffic laws cease to exist within the boundaries of this park.
Not at all what I expect from an organisation that are supposed to be promoting Scotland's environment.
Written February 1, 2020
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andrew f
53 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
New York has Central Park, London has Regents Park, and lying only one mile from its very centre Edinburgh has Holyrood Park. Quite frankly it's possibly the best park enjoyed by any City in the World.

Breathtaking scenery, incredible walks, it really is a fantastic break from the bustling City and well worth a visit.
Written September 15, 2021
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