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A busy street lined with shops, historic monuments and restaurants.
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53 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2DG, Scotland
Princes Street and Gardens
+44 131 510 7575
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 21 December 2017

A must visit when in edinburgh a great rang of shops and unlike london, some of the shops open at 07.30 on a sunday, jenners being one this is like The equivalent of harrods or Selfridges the Rest are open by ten london could learn...More

5  Thank mike j
Most Helpful Critical Review
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Ridgefield, Connecticut
Reviewed 20 August 2011

One the one side of Princes street you have the magnificent gardens, on the other side you have one of the worst "main streets" of a capital city. Junky tourist shops, every phone store imaginable, empty property, homeless/unemployed street buskers, and just one or two...More

3  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Whilst some of the architecture on this street is amazing and some of the older shop buildings like Jenners for example are worth a visit but it was not the shopping experience I was hoping for. Standard high street shops with lots of souvenir shops...More

Thank Joann K
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited in November 2018 expecting a fine example of a shining Scottish city as I had been led to beleive form various tourist and historic accounts. Oh dear. What we found was this: chewing gum splattered streets, filthy, soot blackened buildings including Scott's monument...More

Thank Andrew B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was mostly impressed by the views of the Castle and lovely Princess Street Gardens. Not so much by the Princess Street itself. It is a busy shopping street, but I was not impressed by Jenners and a barrage of tacky souvenir shops. This very...More

Thank Noraatc
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Shop till you drop. Lots of shops and cafes on and off the road. Loads of buses to get you back home till late. Good city to shop and do all the tourist bits.

Thank susan j
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great to view the castle as well as the Scott Monument and various other buildings of architectural amazing-ness. (Yes that is a word.) The shopping is pretty good too.

Thank 677ScottS
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you go here don't forget to look up and around you everywhere the architecture of these buildings hundreds of years old is breathtaking. Forget the shops life is about what was left behind by people with amazing vision creating buildings that are not just...More

1  Thank Olivia99413
Reviewed 10 October 2018

The person who reviewed Princes street as boring shopping was obviously a man. LOL Princes street is fantastic for women. There are many high-end clothing, fragrances, and department stores for a fun time, Jenners Department store was my favorite

1  Thank joycep883
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Many historical buildings have been demolished and those that remain are crushed by ugly commercial buildings. Large numbers of dull international chain stores prevail. Walk in the Princesses gardens and turn your back on this.

Thank Jonoln
Reviewed 20 September 2018

Very busy street with many shops and souvenir shops.A pleasant walk to the gardens is the main highlight.Souvenir shops mostly cheaper in grassmarket and end of the high street.Tho many shops seem to have the same tourist things.Good for getting around with the bus services.

1  Thank koolkat91
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

Sadly Edinburghs premier shopping street has lost too many good shops to now be anywhere near the best shopping street in the country despite the amazing location. It's become very average with the usual mobile phone shops and tourist tack outlets. The street is restricted...More

2  Thank TamC223
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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
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2 September 2015|
Response from Kobolt2014 | Reviewed this property |
Hallo Tomtisan, sicherlich findet man an der Princes Street viel Geschäfte, die Weltweit , bzw. in vielen Europäischen Ländern kennt. Dennoch findet man hier auch Geschäfte, die viele Schottische Produkte verkaufen. Bei so... More
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