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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. 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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  • Even on windy and chilly days it's warm (when sunny). Great view up to the castle and castle hill. Easy to get there.  more »
  • You must visit the Princess Street Gardens while in Edinburgh. On a nice day, it was wonderful to sit down and relax in the grass for a few moments while enjoying Edinburgh and its people.  more »
  • The gardens are well kept, and litter free. A pleasant place to sit and look at the castle, away from the hustle and bustle of princess street.  more »
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  • Perfect place to sit and rest in the sun (when it shines!) Nestled between the incredible Edinburgh Castle and Town Centre. Don't miss the floral clock.
  • One of the most amazing city centers around the globe. Best place to chillax when in the city,take break during work or just come to visit as a tourist. This place is pretty much what persuaded me to come and live to Scotland lol
  • I'd love to see the fountains working again, but the Gardens are still a fantastic spot in the centre of town and a cracking spot to lay in the sun in summer or ice skate in winter.
  • We had a pretty nice walk down the road and liked what we saw! Gardens are very pretty x
  • Beautiful gardens' wonderful array of exotic plants and flowers great fun for the kid's and the views of the castle are brilliant.