Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

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#4 of 540 in Parks in Scotland
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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  • August 21, 2017
    Easily accessible from Princess Street shops via ramps or steps take time out to enjoy the gardens and castle views.  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    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 »
  • August 20, 2017
    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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  • Nothing less than heavens, especially in summers. Great views of the Edinburgh Castle from there. When I visited one fine weekend evening in April couple of years back, I was surprised to see so many people in the gardens enjoying sunshine (quite unusual to see such huge cried at one place), I thought, half of the population of the city was in the gardens! :-)
  • Excellent views of the castle. Lovey playground - great place for the kids. Food and drink available on site. Will definitely be back!
  • A serene park right in the middle of the city. Well mowed lawn welcomes visitor to relax and have a picnic during summer!
  • Awesome Place... We went there on New Year's eve, the street was looking so beautiful and we attended Hogmanay Festival it was awesome experience!! Just loved it 😍😍
  • Nice walking area. You get great views and atmosphere is very lovely.

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