Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

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Suspected witches used to be drowned at Princes Street Gardens, now one of the city’s most notable parks, renowned for its impeccable lawns and lush woodlands surrounding Edinburgh Castle. Located at the heart of the city’s World Heritage Site, the park was created in two phases in the 1770s and 1820s following the long draining of the Nor Loch, an artificial lake that formed part of the castle’s medieval defenses. The site now includes several prominent statues and memorials, including the Scott Monument, a Gothic spire built in 1844 to honor Sir Walter Scott. You'll also see statues of the explorer David Livingstone and poet Allan Ramsay, as well as the world’s first floral clock, displaying over 30,000 colorful plants. Plan your Princes Street Gardens visit and explore what else you can see and do in Edinburgh using our Edinburgh trip builder website .
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  • Easily accessible from Princess Street shops via ramps or steps take time out to enjoy the gardens and castle views.  more »
  • Such a lovely part of Edinburgh and can be a little escape from the crowds of the Festival and the packed streets, great views no matter where you look and nice place to sit for an hour and watch the ...  more »
  • Great gardens but very very busy at weekends. Hard to find somewhere to sit Place is buzzing with atmosphere in a city. Great escape  more »
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  • the zoo is built in terraces on a steep hillside, so wear sensible shoes and be prepared to walk uphill (and downhill). there is a disability transport bus to get the less able up and down the hill, but it is 'by request', so you have to let them know you will need it. the animals look well cared for and happy. sometimes they can be hard to see, because they have good areas with natural vegetation and private dens. the food available in the various cafes and snack bars are tasty, substantial and reasonably healthy - but can be expensive.
  • Beautiful, lush park in the middle of the city. The benches all have these little plaquettes telling a story of their donors and they have been miraculously dry after the rain. Lots of curious squirrels, some pigeons and seagulls. Perfect place to have your coffee or 3£ lunch that you bought in boots or superdry.
  • Lovely promenade walk, away from the hustle and traffic of Princes street. Great views of the castle and relaxing when the sun is about in the summer to lounge on the grass. Several times a year there are shows on especially festival time in August with parades, shows and of course music.
  • Sunny days in Edinburgh should be spent lounging in the gardens! Great public space to have a stroll, let the kids run around, picnic or just sit for a while. At the West end there is a good play park for kids amd at the east end you have the National Galleries and the mighty Scott Monument which for a small fee you can climb to the top and see for miles! Great for tourists and locals alike.
  • Beautiful place close to castle down town rail station trolley and busses. Lots of sitting areas with great views of castle and gardens. Lots of pubs and restaurants close by. Recommend

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