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Calton Hill

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Address: off Regent Road, Edinburgh EH1 3DG, Scotland
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Historic neighborhood lined with monuments dating back to the...

Historic neighborhood lined with monuments dating back to the Enlightenment.

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Great views of the city if you can cope with the climb.

Great views but disregard the sign at the bottom of the hill which says there's an "open air" cafe. It was just a tiny shack with a couple of ramshackle chairs and tables. Very... read more

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great views but disregard the sign at the bottom of the hill which says there's an "open air" cafe. It was just a tiny shack with a couple of ramshackle chairs and tables. Very disappointing when you've promised yourself lunch at the top of the hill!

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
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Easy to get to, easy to walk/climb up to Great views overlooking Edinburgh and well worth the visit up if you can go!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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This is a beautiful place . It also USED to be a great place to watch the fireworks from but some idiot has decided that it is a bit unsafe for people to use any longer for that purpose...most people would be locals who have not lined the pockets of the fireworks organisers.

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Coleraine, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Be prepared for a bit of trek up to this hill but well worth it with breath taking views of the city just nice to get away from all the hussle and bussle!!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a brilliant place to view of all of Edinburgh and beyond, the Castle and even as as far out as the Forth Bridge. Although the steps are steep, it only takes a few minutes to climb up. It also has several interesting buildings on top of the hill.

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For excellent views of the city and beyond head to this site. Be prepared for the brief hike up but the view is well worth the exertion.

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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The hill itself is quite far away from the castle so you don't get the best views of the castle itself. Nonetheless the hill is a nice place to go to relax and enjoy the peace in a area with some "greek" architecture.

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not as taxing as Arthurs seat!!, but a lovely stroll up the hill and is a must do in Edinburgh, loved the half build parthenon!!!

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you can survive the hill climbs you are rewarded with incredible views of the city below. Only thing spoiling it was a little litter lying about and some damage to fences etc although construction work is being undertaken at the minute.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Always wondered what the view would be like from Calton Hill. To be honest, it's so-so. The climb up was just about worth the bother, I suppose. The views towards Edinburgh Castle and across the Royal Mile are the best parts of this place. As for the 'National Monument', I was really disappointed in how inaccessible it is (to all... More 

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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 top of Leith Walk is more ragged. This major thoroughfare boasts a famously gritty gay club, as well as a strip of good Indian restaurants. Regal Georgian and Victorian townhouses preside over largely deserted streets in Calton, where only the occasional restaurant or hotel brings much life. Even so, a steady trickle of idlers and picnickers pass by to climb Calton Hill for its wide-open lawns, wonderful city views, and curious monuments – an Athenian-style temple among them.
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