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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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  • August 21, 2017
    The so-called New Town's main street, is a good place to carry out some shopping and stroll by the attached Park where you can perhaps enjoy a small moment of rest in the grass, if we are lucky enough that it doesn't rain.
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  • August 21, 2017
    ... plus there is a castle and scots monument to see. As far as main streets go, this is a lovely one. :)  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    There are shops to cover everyone's needs and many bars in the streets off Princess Street providing outside seating if you want to create your own atmosphere outside the bars. The bars open late and ...  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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