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Holyrood Park

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Southside & Holyrood
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Address: 1 Holyrood Park, Edinburgh EH16 5BT, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 131 652 8150
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

Holyrood Park is a unique historic landscape in the heart of the city,...

Holyrood Park is a unique historic landscape in the heart of the city, whose dramatic crags and hills give Edinburgh its distinctive skyline. Within the park is a wealth of history and archaeology spanning thousands of years. Arthur's Seat is one of four hill forts, dating from around 2,000 years ago. As well as it's rich cultural heritage, the park offers walks, solace, wildlife, volcanic geology and unparalleled vistas of the city from its many vantage points.

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Nature in the city.

I live just across the street from Holyrood Park, but I never tire of visiting, and I'm always finding new things. Be sure to climb up Arthur's Seat and/or the Crags, consider a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Alexandra S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I live just across the street from Holyrood Park, but I never tire of visiting, and I'm always finding new things. Be sure to climb up Arthur's Seat and/or the Crags, consider a visit to Duddingston village and take a peek at the swans on the loch, or find one of the hidden gardens scattered around the area. For Edinburgh,... More 

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Nagoya, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Want to have a walk and enjoy the day. Then it's the top location. It may be rainy, then take an umbrella. Located in the city centre so many coffee shops around.

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't think many cities in the world have the fortune of having an extinct volcano in the middle of the city...Edinburgh has that fortune. Arthur's Seat dominates with his 250 meters high the entire Edinburgh. You can climb it easily and have a gorgeous view over the entire city during the sunny days. You can take a walk on... More 

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our walk and were rewarded with spectacular views over Edinburgh. The walk is much easier than expected, the tracks are a bit rough but not too bad. Was great to see the hill runners doing their thing, those people (guys and girls) really go for it over the hills!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's not such an exhausting hike as I thought it would be. It took us about an hour each way to go up and down Arthur's seat. We went on a cloudy and windy day so the winds up the top prevented me from taking a lot of good photos but overall, it was still worth a visit if you... More 

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Abu Dhabi
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice hiking tour, excellent for a sunny day and would also be nice for a picnic. You can combine it with a visit to Hollywood palace.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Around Edinburgh, there are many climbs, which at times can be a bit of a struggle, but once the struggle is over, and you plop your backside on a bench or a rock or a monument or whatever, you are blessed with some beautiful view or other, either of this beautiful ancient city that spreads below, or the surrounding rugged... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Do to some mobility issues, we weren't able to hike up to Arthur's seat or Salisbury Craigs as planned. We did, however, walk around the whole of the park via the circumference road. It's a lovely place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Old Towne. We stopped half way around for lunch at Sheep Heid Inn, a... More 

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Totnes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Only wish I had longer to walk around here. We began our journey from town just after mid day walking slowly. By the time we got to Arthur's seat it was almost dark. We did walk very very slowly, stopping everywhere. But what a fantastic walkabout. Would love to spend a day here.

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Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Walk down Canongate towards Holyrood and you can't fail to see the imposing facade of Salisbury Crags in front of you. Don't be put off - the path up is easy and the only reason to take care would be because the stones have been walked on so much that they can be slippery in wet weather. You have a... More 

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Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighbourhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.
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