Princes Street
Princes Street
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A busy street lined with shops, historic monuments and restaurants.
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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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FyingKiwi
Christchurch, New Zealand1,071 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Most visitors would gravitate towards the Royal Mile due to its historical setting. Prince’s street offers a more modern equivalent, providing the same opportunities to go souvenir hunting as well as provisioning of consumer commodities.
Written 4 May 2024
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Mary B
Kilmarnock, UK81 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The west end of this street is absolutely disgusting with multiple closed retail units, ‘beggars’ and filthy pavements. I was embarrassed that this is how it is today in Scotland’s capital.
Written 1 April 2024
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Norma T
Liverpool, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Edinburgh is a beautiful city lots to see and do especially the museum would definitely go again we used the city tour hop on hop off bus
Written 22 January 2024
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Brenda C
Edinburgh, UK3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Princes street is fast becoming an eyesore with tacky tourist shops and a number of closed stores being used by the homeless in tents. It is an embarrassment.
Written 4 January 2024
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hilary d
London, UK761 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We were visiting Edinburgh as part of our five night break with Rail Discoveries.

We walked along Princes Street on our first evening,lots of touristy shops,nothing more!
Written 8 October 2023
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DunelmArts
Aberdeen, UK1,125 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Princes Street has lovely views of the castle, but the shops have changed to mainly tourist or discount shops. Shame.
Written 10 August 2023
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The Owl Reviews
Edinburgh, UK192 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Previously, it was a lovely place to walk and go shopping, but Princess Street is now full of mostly junk shops, not worth a damn.

I'm incredibly curious what the future of this street holds and if it'll turn into a baron wasteland.
Written 29 June 2023
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Lesley K
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
smelled good. Very good stores. Nice. 👍. Theres quite a lot of people and it can be hard to walk, but what can you do, its fine, good even. yeah. go there. you'll find something you like there probably, most likely actually, maybe. anyway just go and you'll find out. 👍👍
Written 10 June 2023
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Newquaygreen1
Newquay, UK935 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Nice views on one side of the gardens/castle but modern shop fronts on the other with buses, trams and cars in between. Operated totally.
Better to walk Rose Street which is parallel to Princess street.
Written 9 June 2023
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Jeppe S
Copenhagen, Denmark781 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Princes Street is the main shopping street of Ediburgh. It is just on the south of New Town and offers great view of Old Town and Edinburgh Castle. The shops are pretty much the same as you would find anywere else. The good thing is, that is a lot less touristy than Royal Mile in Old Town
Written 23 May 2023
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