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Princes Street Gardens
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Princes Street Gardens lies at center of Edinburgh's World Heritage Site, within New Town and Old Town Outstanding Conservation Areas. It is listed in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscape in Scotland and has geological and botanical scientific interest. The Gardens are set in the valley between the old and new towns with Edinburgh Castle on its rock towering above the western end. The park has been awarded a Green Flag since 2011 and its central location make it a popular choice with residents and visitors. The world renowned Floral clock was first planted in 1903 and each year the planting scheme commemorates a special anniversary. The planting schemes are designed by the Technical team in the Parks and Greenspace Service. The colorful displays take 30,000 plants, and a variety of flower and foliage plants are used in the designs. All are of a dwarf nature, suitable for carpet bedding, including annuals such as Lobelia, Pyrethrum and Golden Moss and succulents such as Echeveria and Sedum.
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“What's not to love?”
Reviewed November 21, 2012

The shops on one side, the castle on the other - places to sit & enjoy it all - definitely a favourite place to spend an afternoon! Pick up a sandwich at M&S before hand or get an ice cream from the vendor, & enjoy!

Visited November 2012
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

A nice little place to walk through. It might get a little bit mundane walking down down Prince street but this will take away all the hustle and bustle. Have a stroll and even a picnic. Plenty of benches to sit on and if you look up you'll see the castle! Also a kids play area.

Visited November 2012
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Perth, Australia
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“such a beautiful place”
Reviewed November 18, 2012

rather than taking the footpath along Princes Street, take the garden path instead - it is stunning. It's like there is no main road above, and gets you to the same place - it is so peaceful and beautiful and full of birds and the odd squirrel.

Visited November 2012
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“lvly relaxing place”
Reviewed November 18, 2012

lovely relaxing place to sit or walk through the beautiful gardens the fantastic view of Edinburgh Castle

Visited October 2012
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Bangor, Northern Ireland
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“Great views of the Castle”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

Although the Gardens did have some stunning views of the Castle up on the hill and some gorgeous colours and a stunning fountain there wasnt too much to see. There also werent any signs to tell you what there was to offer in the gardens. I have a feeling there was a lot more than what we found.

Visited November 2012
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