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Princes Street Gardens

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Address: West Gardens Cottage Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2HG, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 529 7921
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 19:15
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Impeccably landscaped park and woodland surrounding Edinburgh Castle.

Impeccably landscaped park and woodland surrounding Edinburgh Castle.

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Fantastic Xmas set up.

Excellent attractions and market set up for Xmas. Well worth a visit to spend some time. If it is dry of course.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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East Kilbride, United Kingdom
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East Kilbride, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Excellent attractions and market set up for Xmas. Well worth a visit to spend some time. If it is dry of course.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited for a couple of days in December. Very very busy, no good for poor mobility it's so busy in evenings and weekends. Good mix of stalls and loads of rides...unfortunately the rides at "santaland" are tickets only and it's so busy...the father Christmas grotto was sold out. Also very expensive...we thought "reindeerland" was much better near waverly centre.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Was excellent to walk around the gardens in the winter sun and then again when the sun was setting which provides an excellent backdrop to the castle! Loads of benches if you want a seat and actually interesting to read who donated them. Statues scattered around the place which were great to look at. Brilliant place for the Christmas market... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

You will not be disappointed visiting the market, stalls with the best German and European food , quirky goods on sale from across Europe, you must try through beers and most of all the Gluhwein, I forgot how good it tastes since my time in Germany. Fantastic light display and music throughout.

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Thank imac2402
Dublin Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great mulled wine or beer expect 4-6£ deposit may be included. Good food and bits and bobs. Prob one of the better xmas markets!! Well worth a visit.

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Scotland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We always visit but blimey its expensive. Very crowded on an evening too. Dont want to sound like Scrooge but its not easy to wander round and get a bit squashed. A bit disappointing to be honest

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The gardens are now a winter wonderland. Many stalls, childrens rides, places to eat and drink. Rides a bit expensive though

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The gardens have been taken over by the markets which are amazing! Being from Northern Ireland, the markets are 10 times the size in Edinburgh which was an experience. A bit more crowd control could have been done with as the volume of people was a bit much at times but definitely a brilliant experience and beautiful to see all... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The scenery is beautiful! The area was right by my hostel and was the first thing we did when we got off our train. The views are insanely pretty. You have the main road, then a large park underneath with flowers and statues. Across from the park is the large hill where the castle sits and the other beautifully designed... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

One part of the gardens was taken over by the christmas market and it was very, very crowded. You could hardly see the stalls and the queues at all the food outlets were massive. The other side of the gardens was a great contrast and much more relaxing and pleasant.

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Princes Street and Gardens
Glaswegians tease Edinburghers that their High Street is only half one, since buildings only line one side. But what they don’t say is how extraordinary the views are from Princes Street as a result. From here you look onto expansive and decorative public gardens beneath the mighty basalt cliffs on which Edinburgh’s Castle stands proud above the rest of the dramatic old town skyline. Yet many of those on Princes Street look the other way, as they’re concerned with chain store shopping or catching the tram or a train at main train station Waverley. But it’s not all utility here; the Scottish National Gallery rewards purposeless wandering, and December’s huge winter market in the gardens begins a season of revelry which ends with Hogmanay, Britain’s largest New Year’s street party.
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