Calton Hill

Calton Hill, Edinburgh: Hours, Address, Calton Hill Reviews: 4.5/5

Calton Hill
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Lookouts • Geologic Formations
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Friday
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Historic neighborhood lined with monuments dating back to the Enlightenment.
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Neighbourhood: 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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TacomaDawn
Tacoma, WA164 contributions
Jun 2022
Good picture taking opportunities from the hill but the park is a bit run down. Felt safe there, pretty busy location.
Written 2 July 2022
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James P
Cambridge, UK2,285 contributions
May 2022
Great views from the top of the hill, and much, much easier than Arthur's Seat. Well worth the effort as you can see right across the city and the river.
Written 28 June 2022
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MDoyle
Chicago, IL42 contributions
Jun 2022
Great park, but it's on a hill so be ready to climb a lot of stairs. The 360 views are well worth the hike. Lots of history in the park so don't miss it.
Written 24 June 2022
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OKCdatenights
Oklahoma City, OK222 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Make sure to get here at sunset for some spectacular views of the entire city. Such a beautiful place in an amazing city! Just beware there is quite a journey off stairs and hills to get there, but completely worth it.
Written 24 June 2022
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Ann C
Nashville, TN2,662 contributions
Jun 2022
Calton Hill, one of the first public parks in Britain, is an easy walk with great views.

Be sure to check out Old Calton cemetery while in this area, it is worth a walk through.
Written 23 June 2022
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Mike O
Roanoke, VA1,253 contributions
Jun 2022
This is the place to take the iconic photo of Edinburgh that is ever present on tourist brochures. It is a great spot to overlook the city and castle. We encountered, when walking up the steps to the top, two performers; both looking for donations. We also encountered, because this is Scotland after all, considerable wind as we walked about. After all, since this is a hill that juts up above the buildings, it is exposed to the wind.
Written 17 June 2022
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Traveler009
St. John's, Canada102 contributions
Jun 2022
Very nice, with various buildings. We were there on a sunny day and the views are superb. You can walk uphill by ways of stairs or take the road behind the former high school.
Written 12 June 2022
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FNL1234
79 contributions
Jun 2022
I loved this place, you do have to go up steep paths but they are very short and not too strenuous. The views are wonderful, well worth a visit.
Written 9 June 2022
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Nhật Nam Phạm
42 contributions
May 2022
This is like a park. Easy to get to. Provide a great view to the city and the sunset here is amazing. You can take great pictures here without having to climb anything like the Arthur's seat
Written 6 June 2022
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Paedar1951
Luton, UK31 contributions
May 2022
A must visit, up the pedestrian route to the top. Lots to see when up there and then great view over the city. Loved it!
Written 6 June 2022
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