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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Princes Street and other Edinburgh attractions using our handy Edinburgh day trip planning website .
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  • Not just a good area for shopping but so much more to do. Beautiful princes street gardens across from the shops, views of the castle and stunning architecture to take in.  more »
  • The gardens and castle on the south side are wonderful. The shopping side is a pretty ugly mix match of buildings, phone shops and tartan tat.  more »
  • Must-see for several reasons. The first: practice, because it is the main axis of the city and all bus, tram and other means of locomotion through here. And the second: fun, because it's straight, flat and full of shops and stores of all kinds, the best-known brands in the small souvenir shops. She faces Old Town and just cross a bridge to switch into another world: that of the old town.
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