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Calton Hill

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Address: St. Andrews House 2 Regent Road, Edinburgh EH1 3DG, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 200 2000
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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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The two main buildings in the Calton Hill are very different in architecture than the rest of the buildings from the same time, and therefore an UNESCO-site. The views from the... read more

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The two main buildings in the Calton Hill are very different in architecture than the rest of the buildings from the same time, and therefore an UNESCO-site. The views from the top are also good, although not the best, so for just that I would rather do Arthur´s seat. And - check out the Fire Festival at Calton Hill.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Calton Hill is in the city centre and is an easy walk with some steps. Here you will find "Edinburgh's disgrace" (an unfinished copy of the Parthenon) as well as the City Observatory, the Nelson Monument and the Dugald Stewart Monument. From the hill you can see the bridges on the Forth, over to Fife, down the coast to East... More 

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Walked up on a cold frosty sunny morning to see the most stunning views of Edinburgh and across the river fourth to Fife .

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The walk up Calton Hill offered spectacular views over Edinburgh. It was a clear and bright day so we could see for miles. It was about -1 so frosty in places so just needed to be a bit careful on the way down the hill! But definitely worth the walk up.

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great views , public space , good to see Edinburgh from a different viewpoint . It was a cold day in December but the fresh air was good and interesting monuments.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I visited for the first time last weekend and I was blown away by the most fantastic views across the city to the sea. You can even see the Forth Bridge which is pretty impressive. I don't know why so many people on here are complaining about the walk up the hill, if you don't like walking then go somewhere... More 

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Wragby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It really isn't too far to walk up and it's only just at the end of Princes Street so go on - make the effort!

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Savannah, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A little bit of an uphill walk but the views of the city and Arthur's Seat are worth it. Path can be slippery so wear sensible shoes.

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Canet-en-Roussillon, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Little bit of a hike up there but well worth it for the views, day or night. Historical buildings on the top as well so again i would say this is probably a ,must see location in Edinburgh and definitely for the photographers out there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Whilst you are in Edniburgh, this is a must visit place. This is a hill which offers its viewers to look around the entire city of Edinburgh. As you climb upwards the temperature will drop and you will enjoy the view as well as the climate. You can move across the place and take a good look at the city... 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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