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Holyrood Park

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Address: Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh EH16 5BT, Scotland
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+44 131 652 8150
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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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Worth having a walk to the top .. Some routes are easier than others but stick to the paths as it can be dangerous near the edges of the cliff .. Amazing views along the way and... read more

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Faringdon, United Kingdom
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Faringdon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Worth having a walk to the top .. Some routes are easier than others but stick to the paths as it can be dangerous near the edges of the cliff .. Amazing views along the way and plenty of Natural rock strata and wildlife ..

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Warsaw, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

the view is breathe taking but the walk up is hard for, I would say, for handicap, old persons but the view is worth it.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place is ideal for a short hike combined with some exercise, if you wish and if you're in at least a moderate good shape. Otherwise, just a slow hike works too. In longer Summer days, when the weather is good and there's no wind, I like to jog/run up the rocky/grassy hills and final stone steps till the top... More 

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Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We walked through Holyrood Park and up to Arthur's seat one morning and really enjoyed it. Such a nice big nature area in a a city. Worth the time if you can.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I was aiming for Arthur's Seat but felt it was too arduous for an unplanned hike. Plus the sun was setting early & I didn't want to rush up panting. So I opted for a shorter hike starting from the steep walk from Queen's Drive towards St Anthony's Chapel & ending at St Margaret's Loch. This shorter route gave my... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice park for visit, if you are in Edinburgh and you want to enjoy view from the Arthur's Seat, the park's highest point, remains of old volcano. The park offers variety of dramatic landscape, hills, lochs, glens, ridges; it is full of history and archaeology.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Cool place where to run from city. Great for single walk or for daily running. One of best places for pictures.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Holyrood Park is famous the world over and for good reason. The choice of walks and the scenery is unrivaled in the UK. Suitable for all abilities, choose from a steady walk around from the Meadowbank side all the way to the historic village of Duddingston Village on the East side. If you choose to climb Arthurs Seat, choose you're... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice park with nice views on Edinburgh city and Palace of Holyroodhouse. The park is big with several hiking trails and viewpoints. There are also a few historic sites in the park which are nice to explore while you are Climbing. Nice to visit with children to escape the busy city

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Durham, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can follow the walkiing trail as far as you like, even to the top with a bird's eye view of Edinburgh.

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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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