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Princes Street Gardens

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Address: West Gardens Cottage Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2HG, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 131 529 7921
Today
07:00 - 19:15
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 19:15
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Impeccably landscaped park and woodland surrounding Edinburgh Castle.

Impeccably landscaped park and woodland surrounding Edinburgh Castle.

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It was surreal finally seeing the Princes Street Gardens with my own eyes. It's every bit as beautiful in person. I could've stayed forever, but there was so much more to do and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Warner Robins, Georgia
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Warner Robins, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was surreal finally seeing the Princes Street Gardens with my own eyes. It's every bit as beautiful in person. I could've stayed forever, but there was so much more to do and see.

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Really nice to walk through Great views looking up at the castle, gives a different perspective.. Worth a visit, night or day.

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

We visited Edinburgh and the gardens when the markets and Christmas festivities were on, they're well worth a visit, something for everyone.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a lovely, fun time here in the market with shopping and a go on the big wheel. The views over Edinburgh (if you dare to look) are spectacular and take a trip on the chair planes that go above the Scott monument (I didn't). Nice little stalls, it had a real Christmassy feel particularly at night when the whole... More 

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Stornoway, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Princes street gardens are beautiful all year round and is so impressive at Christmas with the market and Santa Land for little children. Our 2 year old was big enough for all the little rides.

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

Never miss this place if you visit Edinburgh... Put this on top of your visit list. though this resides in the heart of the city, everything else is around this corner. shopping, castle, Obscura Illusions, Giles Cathedral... many more to see. All you can walk and i bet, you will not feel tired of walking as the complete walk is... More 

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

The gardens essentially run alongside Princes St and divide into East and West. There are steep steps down and then you have to get back up so not for the fainthearted. At St Cuthbert's there are some amazing tombs although a trifle sad in some cases. A walk along here is esstial.

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Dubbo, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our group strolled through these gardens a couple of times in our wanders down to Princes Street from the Royal Mile. The squirrels were very entertaining, the few homeless people hanging around were not that entertaining

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Princes street is lined with shops and some of them are the oldest surviving shops in the uk. The gardens are on one side of the street and the shops are on the other so you can take a rest while shopping and enjoy the views of the castle above the gardens. I cannot give 4 stars simply because these... More 

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

princess street gardens are lovely with so much happening there you can easily spend a couple of hours looking around its huge and covers the lenth of pincess street itself theres always plenty to do well worth a visit

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Princes Street and Gardens
Glaswegians tease Edinburghers that their High Street is only half one, since buildings only line one side. But what they don’t say is how extraordinary the views are from Princes Street as a result. From here you look onto expansive and decorative public gardens beneath the mighty basalt cliffs on which Edinburgh’s Castle stands proud above the rest of the dramatic old town skyline. Yet many of those on Princes Street look the other way, as they’re concerned with chain store shopping or catching the tram or a train at main train station Waverley. But it’s not all utility here; the Scottish National Gallery rewards purposeless wandering, and December’s huge winter market in the gardens begins a season of revelry which ends with Hogmanay, Britain’s largest New Year’s street party.
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