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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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  • August 21, 2017
    Well worth climbing and admire the views of the entire city, both part of the Castle and princess street, the maritime area and the hills around where this "Arthur Seat". Here is the national monument, the Observatory. Weap finger because you do many photos!
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  • August 21, 2017
    If you are not able to walk up Arthur's seat, this is the next best thing. Lots of interesting things on the top to look at and the views are just breathtaking.  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    Fortunately the day serena allowed us to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Pity about all the genes that climb the monuments are and do not let you take pictures in peace
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  • September 6, 2017
    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.
  • September 8, 2017
    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.
  • September 3, 2017
    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.
  • June 22, 2017
    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.
  • September 22, 2017
    Fantastic spot for seeing breathtaking views of all of Edinburgh, the only other place where you could get a better view of the city would be Arthur's Seat.

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