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Holyrood Park

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Address: Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh EH16 5BT, Scotland
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+44 131 652 8150
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Holyrood Park is a unique historic landscape in the heart of the city,...

Holyrood Park is a unique historic landscape in the heart of the city, whose dramatic crags and hills give Edinburgh its distinctive skyline. Within the park is a wealth of history and archaeology spanning thousands of years. Arthur's Seat is one of four hill forts, dating from around 2,000 years ago. As well as it's rich cultural heritage, the park offers walks, solace, wildlife, volcanic geology and unparalleled vistas of the city from its many vantage points.

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As with Arthurs Seat, Holyrood park is a must see for anyone from Edinburgh or just visiting. The views are stunning and, on a nice day, you can easily spend a whole day here... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

As with Arthurs Seat, Holyrood park is a must see for anyone from Edinburgh or just visiting. The views are stunning and, on a nice day, you can easily spend a whole day here just wandering around. Pet friendly, child friendly and easy to get to, there's no excuse for missing it.

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Staten Island, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I loved hiking up the hill!!! Looks longer than it actually is. Beautiful photo spot. At the bottom of the royal mike.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You go through it to get to Arthur's Seat. Very popular area with locals and tourists. Great expansive land

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Kinver, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The walk can be adapted to suit your levels of fitness, but worth it for the views at the top! Cant believe such a stunning venue is located in a city!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A park with a huge amount of space, a lake, chapel and lots of paths. Perfect for walking the dog or for the kids to let off a bit of steam.

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Faringdon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Worth having a walk to the top .. Some routes are easier than others but stick to the paths as it can be dangerous near the edges of the cliff .. Amazing views along the way and plenty of Natural rock strata and wildlife ..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

the view is breathe taking but the walk up is hard for, I would say, for handicap, old persons but the view is worth it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is ideal for a short hike combined with some exercise, if you wish and if you're in at least a moderate good shape. Otherwise, just a slow hike works too. In longer Summer days, when the weather is good and there's no wind, I like to jog/run up the rocky/grassy hills and final stone steps till the top... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked through Holyrood Park and up to Arthur's seat one morning and really enjoyed it. Such a nice big nature area in a a city. Worth the time if you can.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was aiming for Arthur's Seat but felt it was too arduous for an unplanned hike. Plus the sun was setting early & I didn't want to rush up panting. So I opted for a shorter hike starting from the steep walk from Queen's Drive towards St Anthony's Chapel & ending at St Margaret's Loch. This shorter route gave my... More 

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Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighbourhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.
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