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Calton Hill

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Historic neighborhood lined with monuments dating back to the Enlightenment.
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St. Andrews House 2 Regent Road, Edinburgh EH1 3DG, Scotland
Broughton & Calton
+44 131 529 5151
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 7 June 2006

Not too steep of a climb, and wonderful views of the city! We simply walked down Princes Street (which turns into Waterloo) then up some steps on the left side of the street, and took the paved footpath to the top. There are benches at...More

6  Thank AlexiaQ561
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 29 September 2009

Not sure where the views are but they arent here. It's not worth the climb to get up there and then the views aren't as good as you'd get from Edinburgh Castle.

4  Thank JenEricTravelers
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All reviews nelson monument arthur's seat short climb end of princes street worth the climb easy climb great view of the city nice walk steep walk city centre sunny day worth the effort old town holyrood palace edinburgh castle royal mile observatory
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Definitely a must see! Located in the centre and it is a small hill. You can enjoy nice views from the top.

Thank magdajarzab
Reviewed 5 days ago

Calton Hill is an amazing hill. It has some really interesting monuments and on top of that it also offers some interesting views of the city. People who are critical of the "non-existent" views have simply not looked hard enough to find them! They are...More

1  Thank Dimitris L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This sight has some great views of the city if you didn’t want to hike up Arthur’s seat this is an easy alternative for the views and history

Thank seattletraveler206
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are lucky and the sky is clear, the view from the top of the hill is amazing. Excellent walk in the center of the city.

Thank George R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not an easy walk but well worth it-the view is spectacular! Allow plenty of time to walk all around the hill and go into and to the top of Nelson Monument while there. A great place to eat after leaving is Howies right at the...More

Thank janet1958_12
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Carlton Hill located in city centre is free and boosts fabulous views of the city. It also has a historic unfinished national monument which looks like the Acropolis in Athens.

Thank sunshineandsunsets14
Reviewed 1 week ago

Calton Hill, although lower than Arthur’s Seat, gives excellent views over the city and towards the Firth of Forth. View points and monuments are clearly signposted. There’s easy walking routes that rise gently to the top as well as more difficult routes for the more...More

1  Thank winnie_rules
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very pleasant stroll, not too taxing, particularly on a nice day as the views over the city are superb

1  Thank VMtravellers
Reviewed 1 week ago

Around 5-10 minutes walk from the centre of town and it was about 15 min gentle stroll to the top. Really nice views from a few different spots. Easier and less crowded than Arthur's seat.

1  Thank nm598
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I woke up early and walked all the way to the top of this hill alone. The view was just indescribable, you see from one side the old town, one side a big hill, another is the princess street and the Castle, and on a...More

Thank Dashne S
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Broughton & Calton
Lying where grandiose New Town townhouses give way to
malls and utilitarian housing, Broughton and Calton
have long been transitional neighbourhoods with a
mixed identity. It’s here that Edinburgh’s gay village
found a home in the 1980s. But gay culture is anything
but overt along bustling epicentre Broughton Street;
even if polished pubs, hip bistros, smart delis and
art galleries all speak of affluent good taste. The
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Peter E
10 March 2018|
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Response from Sandyback2015 | Reviewed this property |
I got a bit out of breath but the path is sort of gradual from the entrance we came in by. Just take your time because the view is well worth it and there are plenty of benches at the top to sit on for a rest.
candy c
31 December 2017|
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Response from FadedFoodie | Reviewed this property |
A number of stairs are involved to get there. Once on the hill, the pram can cruise.
27 November 2017|
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Response from TucsonCruising27 | Reviewed this property |
I was there a few days before Veteran's Day and one could see some of the Fireworks in Edinburgh. However it is best to view them from Edinburgh Castle.