Gulhane Park
Gulhane Park
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Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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  • tripsandfood55
    London, United Kingdom4,457 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice park to visit
    Gulhane Park (English for Rosehouse Park) was once part of the outer garden of Topkapi Palace. It is a nice place with a natural landscape and used by many and worth a visit if in the area. We came across it as we walked towards Topkapi Palace from our hotel.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Mohamed Sami
    Alexandria, Egypt1,709 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful stroll
    A wonderful little free entry garden right beside the walls of the Topkapi Palace. Originally it was part of the gardens of the palace but was converted into a public park a century ago. The best time to visit is typically in spring but it is always a nice place for a stroll or maybe for reading. In my opinion it is a must when you are in the area. There is also a new museum inside the garden, the museum of the history of science and technology in Islam.
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written September 30, 2023
  • Radhika96
    London, United Kingdom49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Park
    The views were amazing. Its quite a huge park. There are plenty of benches to sit and relax or have a picnic. From the park you can walk to the fishing port and watch people fishing by the sea or can eat at the very big restaurant. The park is very clean and there is a water fountain.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 4, 2023
  • kathrada2016
    Durban, South Africa11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    an oasis
    Amazing, just walk a dozen steps in and everything is a few degrees coolers, a few decibels quieter, the air cleaner and clearer. All the park and gardens in Turkey are inviting, restful, peaceful and clean. lovely cats and dogs but no faeces lying around. animals are well cared for. They even have a waterfall that spells out a few words like "welcome"
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 3, 2023
  • Sanka1 🇱🇰🇬🇧
    Bicester, United Kingdom5,779 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quiet and serene park area
    Gülhane Park, located beside Istanbul's Topkapi Palace, is a lush green area in the heart of the city. This historic park, once the royal garden of the Ottoman Empire, is now a public park that offers tranquility and natural beauty. Its well-maintained pathways, surrounded by a variety of trees and flowers, offer a peaceful escape. Its scenic views of the Bosphorus and historical monuments, like the Goths' Column, add to its charm. Gülhane Park is perfect for leisurely strolls, family picnics, and experiencing Istanbul's natural beauty amidst its urban hustle.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 13, 2023
  • Koubaa S
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent!
    There was no flowers because we visited the park in january but that was a really good experience. We spent there about three hours. The wether was very nice and there was a beautiful view of the Bosporus. The street dogs were very docile. I loved and enjoyed it.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 5, 2024
  • GAR
    882 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great
    Very interesting and free place to visit. Although there were many visitors, the park is big enough that people spread out, so it feels more peaceful than the rest of the city. There’s a lot to see. Also great views of the Bosporus at one end
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 4, 2024
  • starlightShanghai
    Victoria, Canada4,600 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Flowers and Storks!
    Still only the end of March, but Gülhane Park is starting to come into full colour. A lovely place to just sit and soak up the surroundings. Tulips galore - and why not? The tulip is Turkey’s national flower. Skyward, there’s a community of storks going about their daily routine amid the tree tops. Not likely to be much crowding in Gülhane. The park is big enough for everyone! Overall, a beautiful area - and it’s free.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 30, 2024
  • stmichel25
    Bengaluru, India87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely in April
    Go in April if you like tulips. We went in the first week of April so tulips were in bloom at that time and it was beautiful. They had different rows of them in different colours and such lovely huge tulips too.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 8, 2024
  • Susan C
    Melbourne, Australia1,489 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Filled with interest
    Gülhane Park is close to the main tourist district with all its sights. It was once the private gardens of Topkapi Palace and those walls run almost the full length of the park from Alemdar Rd to Gülhane Park Rd. Once you cross the roads at the lower end you can get to the smaller İBB Sarayburnu Park which takes you down to the coast with views of the Bosporus Strait. There is a seaside restaurant there where you can eat and admire the view in comfort. In the park itself are toilets, food stands, fountains and playgrounds. Near the top end there some gardens filled with old column bases and statuary. Monuments to see are the Column of Goths and the Orphanage of Hagios Paulos, both near the sea end. We didn't visit the Gülhane Park Cistern as I didn't even know it was there but did visit the Istanbul Museum of the History of Science and Technology in Islam. You can also see placards throughout the park on the alphabet reform that created modern Turkish writing. As we were there in March most of the trees were bare and the beds of tulips were not yet in flower though some daffodils were. There are some interesting topiary hedge and border designs. One thing I didn't care for was the yellow plastic fencing everywhere to keep people off garden beds and lawns. However, this park provided us with a pleasant walk with lots of things of interest.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 30, 2024
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Teresa
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Gulhane park is a great escape from all the crowds of Istanbul's tourist sites. It's a great area to just chill out, one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in the city. So nice to be able to walk in wide open spaces, it was charming, peaceful and far away from the city stress.
Written February 12, 2020
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Shaun L
Clanfield, UK2,737 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A leafy tree lined park that meanders from the top of the old city down to the waterfront next to the Bosphorous. Contains some art work, fountains and a couple of cafes plus of course some Istanbul street carts if you fancy a snack. Popular with both locals and tourists we strolled through a couple of times whilst in the city. A very relaxing place.
Written May 21, 2024
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Abovetheclouds
2,062 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Solo
I think I live on another planet but this was not anything to write home about or a must see. It was a park end of. There was nothing there to make it unique like some parks. Maybe it was me plus the weather was foggy but I personally think there are better attractions in the city.
Written November 6, 2021
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Radhika96
London, UK49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
The views were amazing. Its quite a huge park. There are plenty of benches to sit and relax or have a picnic. From the park you can walk to the fishing port and watch people fishing by the sea or can eat at the very big restaurant. The park is very clean and there is a water fountain.
Written October 4, 2023
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Mohamed Sami
Alexandria, Egypt1,709 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
A wonderful little free entry garden right beside the walls of the Topkapi Palace. Originally it was part of the gardens of the palace but was converted into a public park a century ago. The best time to visit is typically in spring but it is always a nice place for a stroll or maybe for reading. In my opinion it is a must when you are in the area. There is also a new museum inside the garden, the museum of the history of science and technology in Islam.
Written September 30, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Susan C
Melbourne, Australia1,489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Gülhane Park is close to the main tourist district with all its sights. It was once the private gardens of Topkapi Palace and those walls run almost the full length of the park from Alemdar Rd to Gülhane Park Rd. Once you cross the roads at the lower end you can get to the smaller İBB Sarayburnu Park which takes you down to the coast with views of the Bosporus Strait. There is a seaside restaurant there where you can eat and admire the view in comfort.

In the park itself are toilets, food stands, fountains and playgrounds. Near the top end there some gardens filled with old column bases and statuary. Monuments to see are the Column of Goths and the Orphanage of Hagios Paulos, both near the sea end. We didn't visit the Gülhane Park Cistern as I didn't even know it was there but did visit the Istanbul Museum of the History of Science and Technology in Islam. You can also see placards throughout the park on the alphabet reform that created modern Turkish writing.

As we were there in March most of the trees were bare and the beds of tulips were not yet in flower though some daffodils were. There are some interesting topiary hedge and border designs. One thing I didn't care for was the yellow plastic fencing everywhere to keep people off garden beds and lawns. However, this park provided us with a pleasant walk with lots of things of interest.
Written April 30, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

kathrada2016
Durban, South Africa11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Amazing, just walk a dozen steps in and everything is a few degrees coolers, a few decibels quieter, the air cleaner and clearer. All the park and gardens in Turkey are inviting, restful, peaceful and clean. lovely cats and dogs but no faeces lying around. animals are well cared for. They even have a waterfall that spells out a few words like "welcome"
Written November 3, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

GAR
882 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Very interesting and free place to visit. Although there were many visitors, the park is big enough that people spread out, so it feels more peaceful than the rest of the city. There’s a lot to see. Also great views of the Bosporus at one end
Written March 4, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

stmichel25
Bengaluru, India87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Go in April if you like tulips. We went in the first week of April so tulips were in bloom at that time and it was beautiful. They had different rows of them in different colours and such lovely huge tulips too.
Written April 8, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sanka1 🇱🇰🇬🇧
Bicester, UK5,779 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Gülhane Park, located beside Istanbul's Topkapi Palace, is a lush green area in the heart of the city. This historic park, once the royal garden of the Ottoman Empire, is now a public park that offers tranquility and natural beauty. Its well-maintained pathways, surrounded by a variety of trees and flowers, offer a peaceful escape. Its scenic views of the Bosphorus and historical monuments, like the Goths' Column, add to its charm. Gülhane Park is perfect for leisurely strolls, family picnics, and experiencing Istanbul's natural beauty amidst its urban hustle.
Written December 13, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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