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Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 4,600+ reviews on the web
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. Take a look at our Edinburgh trip itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Princes Street Gardens and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • If you want a break from shopping in Princes Street Gardens, get off your stairways that lead a fleet big enough and well cared for in the shadow of the Castle, where you can take some pictures to squirrels and relax on benches
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  • The ancient loch is now gardens, beautifully maintained and very pretty. The flower working clock is great to see. 
  • I visited last Christmas for the market and it's perfect to get you in the Christmas spirit! A good mix of shops located centrally in Edinburgh, I'd love to visit again in Summer to see the gardens in...  read more »
  • A manicured park area under the castle. There was some construction going on, but it was good to get off the street and walk through the park instead.
  • Great for people watching. Great views of the castle. You can easily spend an afternoon here. Bring your lunch and relax on one of the many benches.
  • Princess street gardens is brilliant! It's got something for everyone, you have the scott monument and shows on daily! It's a brilliant place to have a picnic and listening to trains go past as Edinburgh Waverley station is a 2 minute walk!
  • Great place to sound a few hours in the sunshine. It's peaceful with great views of Edinburgh castle. It's worth watching the one I clock gun from here.
  • Love this quiet corner of Edinburgh lovely for a quick quiet lunch and a drop of sun shine when it's not raining.
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