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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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Great for a walk, a view, for space, with family or dogs

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great place to walk so close to city centre. Lovely views, peaceful and yet meeting people along the way is good too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very very nice place next to the Edinburgh old town. Definitely must see, one of the most beautify places we have seen during our stay in Edinburgh.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Holyrood Park sits in the heart of Edinburgh near the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament. Arthur's Seat, an amazing hike, is also part of the park. Such a fantastic treasure to have within the heart of the city! A must-visit during any trip to Edinburgh, but be sure to wear comfortable hiking shoes/boots!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The Holyrood Park is a great place to do some walks thrue the nature. There you have a lot of trails that you can follow and discover the mountains of Edinburgh. It is just a few minutes away from the city centre which is great. From the top you have one of the best views from the city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We are lucky to have this huge green open space right next to the city centre. It's home to Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crags, which are quite jaw-dropping.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful place to enjoy the panoramic views of this great city. A car is essential to get the most out of a visit to this well known landmark

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

a place you have to come to when visiting edinburgh. lovely big park with a walk up to arthur's seat which is a must do to get magnificent views over the city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a great sunny day here. Amazing landscape and view toward the city. Short cut and easy way to reach the Arthur's Seat. Spot lots of thistle, the national flower of Scotland.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wish I had my running shoes as it was so tempting to run around the hills of such a lovely park. Lochs, hills, birds and great walks! Can't believe it's in a city! This what makes Edinburgh so special. High recommend walk up Arthur's Seat for great views!

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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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