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Princes Street Gardens
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Edinburgh Rail Day Trip from London including Edinburgh Castle Entry and Hop-On...
Ranked #15 of 402 things to do in Edinburgh
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Princes Street Gardens lies at centre 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 colourful 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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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed March 28, 2013

As everything in Edinburgh, looked after and an absolutely delight for a walking...hard to imagine that once there was a lake where the "witches" were thrown in...

Visited March 2013
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Ballyclare, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful - even in a blizzard”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

What a beautiful place to wander through, spring flowers and the birds were singing and the snow was blowing around my ankles. I would recommend stopping off in the cafe of the Scottish National Gallery for coffee and warmth, then a trip up the Playfair steps to the castle. Perfect

Visited March 2013
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Nice place to take a stroll”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

A really nice place to walk and take a relaxed stroll... but maybe not so much when it's cold like it is now. I can imagine the place and how beautiful it would be in late spring and in summer.. Not a must-visit place but since it's so central, it wouldn't hurt to just have a look.

Visited March 2013
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Weybridge, England, United Kingdom
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“Building work”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

Covered in building work at the moment, though it didn't look like anything was really happening. The gardens are probably nice enough but even the fountain was turned off. Hopefully they'll be finished by summer

Visited March 2013
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Oude-Tonge, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed March 25, 2013

It was raining so our judgment is nit fare I think. The gardens were nice but if it were dry they could be maybe great.

Visited June 2012
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