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Calton Hill, Edinburgh

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Part of the city’s World Heritage-listed area, the grassy slopes of Calton Hill offer panoramic views of the surrounding region. Visible from this observation point are the city’s main shopping district and the historic Edinburgh Castle. Easily accessible on foot or by car, the hill is home to several historic memorials and buildings, including the National Monument and the City Observatory. On the steep southern slope of the hill you can also visit the Scottish Parliament building, Holyrood Palace, and the old Royal High School. The venue for a number of special events throughout the year, the hill is a popular picnic spot for both locals and passing travelers. Put Calton Hill into our Edinburgh trip itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • From the top of the Hill, you can admire the city and the sea and take your breath away. A walk to do absolutely better at sunset when sunlight (if any) brightens all the major sights. lucky us, despite the ...
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  • Not a hard or steep climb. Takes about 10-15 mins at normal pace to reach the top. Couple of view points once you finish the climb. Surely picture worthy views of the city.  more »
  • The effort of the climb is rewarded by the splendid view to 380 °! Mix of history, nature, culture Point of view majestic!
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  • It's a fairly easy walk up paved paths and stairs. I went on a beautiful sunny day, and the views were wonderful. You can get even better views by paying a small entrance fee and climbing up the tower. I really enjoyed my time here.
  • Awesome place. I really liked it there. Great view, interesting architecture there. Got some good photos there. I give it a rating of 5 drunk tourists out of 5.
  • A beautiful place to visit. There's a monument trying to imitate the Parthenon from Athenas, a tower dedicated to Vice-Admiral Nelson, and an observatory (that was closed, I guess for repairs). There's a lot to explore in a small area, you should give it a go.
  • Calton hill is the location of the national monument (modeled after Parthenon of Greece). The project was abandoned halfway due to funding problems. There is a tower dedicated to Admiral Horatio Nelson too. Overall, worth a visit for a view of the city. Views from Arthur seat is better though due to higher elevation.
  • A must visit while in Edinburgh. Make sure you go up the small hill just before sunset for the most stunning view.

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