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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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Edinburgh has a vast amount of green space within its boundaries, but this is the largest. You can enter it from the Commonwealth Pool side, Duddingston Village, the Palace of... read more

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Edinburgh has a vast amount of green space within its boundaries, but this is the largest. You can enter it from the Commonwealth Pool side, Duddingston Village, the Palace of Holyrood, or Meadowbank. It's a haven of peace with lovely walks, three lochs to visit, a hill to climb, or just to sit on the grass and have a picnic!... More 

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

Beauty just right next to a bustling city. I can see why so many go running up Arthurs seat early morning. The views and beauty of the area is a must see. The road goes up and round so you get the full view from all angles. We will back back to have a walk up next summer thats for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

You simply can't go wrong here. If you want to go up Arthur's seat without much too much strain use the pavement path to follow a trail. If you want to walk around the hills then use the rocky path which will lead you to a more difficult climb. I did the latter it was tiring but worth it. Then... More 

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Andorra la Vella, Andorra
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An amazing park with amazing geological features. Holyrood park is a beautiful place with the Salisbury crags and Arthur's Seat. This is unique and is part of making Edinburgh a world class holiday destination and if you don't visit the park you are missing out on world class views.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You definitely don't feel like you're in a city centre in this park - it's so quiet and peaceful and also offers some amazing views of the back of Holyrood Abbey, Calton Hill and also the best views of Arthur's Seat. This is a great place in the city to come on a sunny day and drink in the views.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed a relaxing walk around the park - sat on the bench and watched the swans, joggers and others just enjoying a stroll with their dogs. Spotted a karate group practicing up on a hill. Good spot to end a busy day of walking or hiking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On a sunny day this is an exceptional way to spend an afternoon. Short walks will take you up to high ridge lines with commanding views of the city. A very nice "off the beaten path" adventure while in Edinburgh.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely for a 40 minute hike if you have the time. The route can be quite treacherous if bad weather, but it is nice to climb up.

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Killarney, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This walk up to the top is hard work but the view is more than worth it. It was fantastic to look over the city with a 360 degree panoramic view.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An absolute must. Wear tennis shoes or hiking shoes, bring a camera and water bottle and set out on the trails.

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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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