Princes Street Gardens
Princes Street Gardens
4.5
7:00 AM - 9:35 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 9:35 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 9:35 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 9:35 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 9:35 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 9:35 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 9:35 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 9:35 PM
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Neighbourhood: 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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  • Karina N.
    Norway62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So beautiful, you'll never forget it! x
    The view, from all angles, is just sooo beautiful. It's astonishing. The whole park looks so nice, and the best part, of course, is the fountain and the castle on the mountain behind it! It's insanely beautiful, especially in good weather, when it's sunny. The sight will make you want to stay there for hours (I'm not kidding, I literally stood there for like 30 minutes, just staring at this beautiful view...). This is definitely my favourite place in all of Edinburgh. If you like beautiful views & sights, and if you love photography, this is definitely a place for you :))
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 October 2023
  • The Trusty Trip Gal!
    England, United Kingdom243 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Nice Little Walk!
    Instead of walking down the busy ‘Princes Street’ we decided to have a little walk through the gardens to give us a little break from the busy city vibes! It was a very peaceful and relaxing atmosphere! You get great views of the Castle, Scott Monument and a fantastic view of the Old Town! I highly recommend paying the gardens a visit during your stay in Edinburgh!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 December 2023
  • Venture447400
    San Francisco, California3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take a nice stroll
    Amazing clean and well up kept park. A walable park that is about 1/2 mile in length. I liked the early morning stroll with a castle view the entire time. Well worth an evening stroll too.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 May 2024
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Eveliina E
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Beautiful place in the middle of town. Steep Hills around make it less windy. Take a brake and chill. Note that park is closed at night.
Written 15 June 2024
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Paul B
Chirnside Park, Australia735 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
On a good day weather wise this is an amazing stretch of greenery and garden with amazing views up to the Castle and the town.
Written 9 June 2024
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Venture447400
San Francisco, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Amazing clean and well up kept park. A walable park that is about 1/2 mile in length. I liked the early morning stroll with a castle view the entire time. Well worth an evening stroll too.
Written 11 May 2024
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Nathan
80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The park is well worth a visit if you are wanting an escape from the city streets. The view of the castle is spectacular and is surprisingly peaceful
Written 27 April 2024
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PerranBoran
Istanbul, Türkiye333 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Magical place, so romantic. Grab your drink, your book, or your partner and fell in love with the place. You will like in a movie, stunning view.
Written 12 February 2024
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matthew p
Edinburgh, UK99 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
this place is okay but it can be a bit of hassle if you are sitting on your own sometimes you can get harassed for money and other things from beggars but other then i just tried to move on when they came to ask me.other then that there are monument's in these gardens the Scottish war memorial, the Norwegian brigade war memorial and, wojtek the bear and further a long there is a memorial to the royal scots which where a very old Scottish regiment until they become the (1 scots) the royal scots borderers. there is a play park in the gardens and think it is open all year around and there is also public toilets in the gardens.
Written 28 December 2023
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london057
Dublin, OH666 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Like Kensington Gardens this is more of a park than a garden . Second there are some flowers 🌺. Third the park is great 😊. Lastly it is in the center of the city and there a lot sights within walking distance.
Written 24 December 2023
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The Trusty Trip Gal!
England, UK243 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Instead of walking down the busy ‘Princes Street’ we decided to have a little walk through the gardens to give us a little break from the busy city vibes!

It was a very peaceful and relaxing atmosphere! You get great views of the Castle, Scott Monument and a fantastic view of the Old Town!

I highly recommend paying the gardens a visit during your stay in Edinburgh!
Written 17 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Karina N.
Norway62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
The view, from all angles, is just sooo beautiful. It's astonishing. The whole park looks so nice, and the best part, of course, is the fountain and the castle on the mountain behind it! It's insanely beautiful, especially in good weather, when it's sunny. The sight will make you want to stay there for hours (I'm not kidding, I literally stood there for like 30 minutes, just staring at this beautiful view...). This is definitely my favourite place in all of Edinburgh. If you like beautiful views & sights, and if you love photography, this is definitely a place for you :))
Written 30 October 2023
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Mark
Sheffield, UK676 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Spending a few days in Edinburgh it's amazing how busy and loud the main streets can been.The gardens offer an oasis of calm with a not to shabby view, a bit of green away from the day to day concrete and roads is always a must.
Written 19 October 2023
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