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Princes Street, Edinburgh

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Experience the heart of Edinburgh by strolling historic Princes Street. The 1.6 km (1 mi) long street is lined with shops, restaurants, and monuments. Although it's one of the city’s main thoroughfares, it is only open to pedestrians and public transportation. Spend the day shopping at one of the street’s many well-known stores, or stroll through the gardens that border the south edge. With very few buildings on this end, you can enjoy unobstructed views of Old Town and the Edinburgh Castle. Stop for a coffee and enjoy the skyline at one of the many south-facing cafes. Princes Street is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Edinburgh Edition.
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  • Princes Street in Edinburgh has something for everyone, shops all along one side and the gardens all along the other side with the Art gallery in the middle and of course all overlooked by our stunnin...  more »
  • nice shops, good area to wonder around, people in the area friendly and helpful. would like to visit again  more »
  • Scottish monuments in the middle of the street. Very beautiful. Great shopping. The Edinburg tourism office is behind the mall, above the trains station.  more »

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Edinburgh hides a maze of cobbled streets dotted with boutique hotels offering inexpensive rooms and outstanding restaurants. Many of the city's Gothic buildings house chic hotels with easy access to most of the city’s main tourist sites. For a uniquely Scottish experience, consider staying in the famous old town. Despite being in this historical district, many hotels here feature contemporary decor with lots of glass walls and muted color schemes. They’re also known for offering spacious rooms, comfortable beds, and restaurants serving classic European cuisine, with a modern Scottish twist.
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