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Calton Hill

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Address: St. Andrews House 2 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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Amazing Views

The views from the top are well worth the steep climb up the hill. From one side you see the city panorama and form the other, the waters of the Firth of Forth. On a clear day... read more

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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128 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

The views from the top are well worth the steep climb up the hill. From one side you see the city panorama and form the other, the waters of the Firth of Forth. On a clear day, you can just see the Forth railway bridge.

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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Worth the short climb, the 360 views are amazing. I climbed in the morning and only saw a few other people. I had to go up in the evening to see the night lights, well worth it (many more must have thought the same).

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St Peter Port, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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Great views of the city, nice and relaxed plenty of space and grass to sit out on. Great that it's free and not too much of a climb.

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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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We walked up Carlton Hill as a last minute decision. It is quite a walk up to the tower but there are steps and handrails to help you on your journey. The views were spectacular -£5 to enter the tower.but we were really disgusted will all the litter and overflowing rubbish bins. We were very suprised/disgusted that Edinburgh council would... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
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If you don't want to walk all the way up Arthur's seta this is a good comprise. Will get good views ( though not as good)

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took a taxi (£ 8.00) from our hotel Macdonald Holyrood to the entrance on A1 (Princess St). There is a long flight of stairs. I went up slowly since I injured my foot earlier in the day at Edinburgh Castle. I was very tired once I reached the top but it was worth it. The views are great: Arthur's... More 

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The Woodlands, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

To me, this is a must-visit while in Edinburgh. There is a gradual walking path to the top or about 100 steps will get you there in a third of the time. There are some wonderful monuments and you will be rewarded with a great view of the city - New and Old Town. They're building a café up there... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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This hill is quite a treasure situated in the centre of the city. Easy to access and if you are up for some great exercise, picnic and a 360 view of Edinburgh, this will certainly delight.

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Nice easy uphill walk on new years day, great views of Edinburgh amazing view of Leith and its port although the wind was freezing definetly worth the visit.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a quick walk up, takes less than 5 mins to get up there from the street. The views are amazing! It's practically a 360 degree view, but you have to walk around to see all around. On the one side you have Edinburgh's old and new towns. The classic photo you see of the city with the castle and... 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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