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Holyrood Park

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Address: 1 Holyrood Park, Edinburgh EH16 5BT, Scotland
Phone Number: 441316528150
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Holyrood Park is a unique historic landscape in the heart of the city,...

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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Awesome view worth the hike

Long climb (though i think we took a longer route than necessary) but the views from the top are amazing. A must-do for your first visit to Edinburgh.

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Mount Vernon, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Long climb (though i think we took a longer route than necessary) but the views from the top are amazing. A must-do for your first visit to Edinburgh.

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

could not beleive we were only minuets fron the city this is a great plaece for a walk with fantastic views

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a perfect outdoors right next to the center of Edinburgh. You can take the relatively easy rout around the whole park or criss cross it with some pretty steep inclines. Nice views of the city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Easy to walk to from the city centre and a nice break from the city/tourist for some fresh air. Definitely recommended if you are in Edinburgh for more than a few days, great way to see some of Scotland's local fauna and wildgrass.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you're looking for a nice break from the bustle of the city, it's a short retreat to this park where you can climb to Arthur's Seat, walk along the Salisbury Crags, and just enjoy a bit of nature - and some excellent views.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's a nice park, and if you're willing to make the climb up the rocky paths you'll have some fantastic views all around. City, fields, and open water depending on which way you look.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I stayed in Edinburgh for a week and found myself craving some natural landscape. Holyrood is close to Old Town and a lovely place to get some fresh air. The diagonal path up the face of the hill is partially paved, a bit steep at a few points, but overall an easy walk. I jogged about 3 miles up and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Worth visiting just for the views if you are prepared to climb Arthur seat. There is a car park adjacent the park and the parliament building

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Near Parliament Opposite end of Edinburgh Castle. Queen Elizabeth stays there when she visits Scotland A must see

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Holyrood Park belongs to the Queen. It is a large park, with rock formations (Salisbury Craig's, Arthur's Seat) from ancient volcanic eruptions. The geology of this park is documented in the Our Dynamic Earth attraction nearby. The park is green, has a road through it which goes past waterfowl filled ponds (the swans also belong to the Queen), where kids... More 

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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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