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“Escape the frenzy of Istanbul's tourist hot-spots in this glorious park”
Review of Gulhane Park

Gulhane Park
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$72.25*
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Small-Group Istanbul in One Day Tour Including Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia
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$36.02*
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Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #17 of 1,089 things to do in Istanbul
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

It is easy to miss as not much is made of it in tourist literature and it is reached either by a lane (which has attractive wooden houses and the splendid Sarnic cistern restaurant) in between Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace or at the north end of Alemdar Cad. There is also a 'Gulhane' tram stop a short way north of the entrance.

This is a wonderful park: with views of the Golden Horn and Bosphorus on one side and the wall of the Topkapi Palace (interesting to view this sight from below) on the other. It is beautifully planted and very well provided with benches and various quirky and attractive features. Be warned, though, that the toilets cost a Lira and are of the dreaded 'Turkish' type. At the far end of the Park is a cafe Set Ustu Cay Brahces with superb views over the water. Unfortunately the range of drinks is very limited - I couldn't get an orange or a lemonade and certainly didn't want a Fanta, so we had a pot of tea for two at 14 Lira. But it's a great place to just sit and look out over the Bosphorus as a mid-point in a circuit of the park.

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Reviewed April 29, 2013

It's located near Sultanahmet and Topgapi museum. It's a best time to go there as there are many tulips are blooming with many different colors. Also there is good cafe and restaurant there where you sit and enjoy the view on Bosporus. It's quite interesting to walk on the roads among of the old trees and near an old city walls

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Reviewed April 26, 2013

This is a wonderful park to take a break from walks and visits in the middle of the old Istanbul just at the bottom of Archaeology museum. There are great tall trees and flowers in season the sea of Tulips with wonderful colours.
It is a great place to have a picnic and take a break from the crowd of tourist ;once you walked all the way down you will be by Sarayburnu the sea side and Eminonu pier.

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Reviewed April 19, 2013

Having spent time having a nice stroll along the sea front we decided to head back towards the Blue Mosque, and passed through this lovely picturesque part of the city that we didn't know was even there. With beautiful flower displays and nicely manicured lawns you would not believe you are only 5 minutes or so from Sultan Ahmet Square. There are bird boxes everywhere and a very large and busy Heronry high in the trees. An absolutely peaceful open space in such a busy city an absolute joy to behold. Free admission as well

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Reviewed April 17, 2013

This public park is a must see, especially if you love long walks or if you have outgoing kids. Gulhane park extends over a vast area and is ridiculously full of greenery and long trees in addition to ALOT of tulips arrayed in different beautiful and breathtaking designs. I visited in mid April and was lucky enough to see the blooming of the tulips all over Istanbul.
To reach the park, you need to go to Sultanahmet area, which is easily accessible by Tram. The entrance of the park is next to Topkapi palace, as it used to be part of the palace itself.

Thank Alaa A
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