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Holyrood Park

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Southside & Holyrood
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Address: Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh EH16 5BT, Scotland
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+44 131 652 8150
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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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A great view from the top and worth the climb .. Sensible shoes a must

We had a planned the climb , so wore proper walking shoes ... and had a lovely climb / hike , great views from the top , and we were very lucky with the weather, lovely sunny (but... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Bury St Edmunds Suffolk
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love going for leisurely strolls in this park, particularly with my friends who love to blow away the winter cobwebs with a brisk walk on a frosty morning. Often on a Tuesday morning we'll have tea and a biscuit (or two if we're feeling naughty), and then walk around the park to work off those calories. It's a beautiful... More 

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Bury St Edmunds Suffolk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a planned the climb , so wore proper walking shoes ... and had a lovely climb / hike , great views from the top , and we were very lucky with the weather, lovely sunny (but cold) morning ... But there were plenty of silly people who were not wearing proper walking shoes / boots, we even saw... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You have to hike a little, it will be tiring, but is perfect to take photos and enjoy the moment. It is not necessary to go to the highest spot.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

An amazing park just a short walk from Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh Arthur's Seat is the highest point. It's worth a walk all the way up. The park is asscociated with Holyroodhouse Palace and was said to be a royal hunting estate.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

stunning views of Edinburgh worth a climb to the top. It is a good spot for the new year fireworks. bring a picnic when visiting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I live just across the street from Holyrood Park, but I never tire of visiting, and I'm always finding new things. Be sure to climb up Arthur's Seat and/or the Crags, consider a visit to Duddingston village and take a peek at the swans on the loch, or find one of the hidden gardens scattered around the area. For Edinburgh,... More 

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Nagoya, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Want to have a walk and enjoy the day. Then it's the top location. It may be rainy, then take an umbrella. Located in the city centre so many coffee shops around.

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't think many cities in the world have the fortune of having an extinct volcano in the middle of the city...Edinburgh has that fortune. Arthur's Seat dominates with his 250 meters high the entire Edinburgh. You can climb it easily and have a gorgeous view over the entire city during the sunny days. You can take a walk on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our walk and were rewarded with spectacular views over Edinburgh. The walk is much easier than expected, the tracks are a bit rough but not too bad. Was great to see the hill runners doing their thing, those people (guys and girls) really go for it over the hills!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's not such an exhausting hike as I thought it would be. It took us about an hour each way to go up and down Arthur's seat. We went on a cloudy and windy day so the winds up the top prevented me from taking a lot of good photos but overall, it was still worth a visit if you... 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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