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Holyrood Park

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Address: Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh EH16 5BT, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 131 652 8150
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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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Ancient and imposing

A great place for a walk, bracing for much of the year, but a stones throw from the heart of the Old Town and the new Parliament, views across the Forth to Fife. Arthur's Seat and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A great place for a walk, bracing for much of the year, but a stones throw from the heart of the Old Town and the new Parliament, views across the Forth to Fife. Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crags are the main draw-cards here though there are small lochs and historical ruins to explore. An absolute must when in Edinburgh.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Holyrood park, situated really close to Edinburgh's old town and next to the queen's official residence in Scotland,is a natural paradise from which you can look at the city from a distance and a different perspective. Easy to walk, this volcanic stone-looking like hill provides an idea of Scotland's nature rough beauty. On the top you will find Arthrur's seat,... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This park is amazing, we loved it so much. The view from the park is exceptional, it is unbelievable!

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is undoubtedly one of my favorite places. The walk is absolutely stunning, and the views are just amazing. A free and great fun way to spend a few hours.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a lovely tour, enjoyed seeing where the Queen stays and getting into her world. Lovely gardens and great building

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have the lucky to visit Edinburgh with good weather, it's a good place to have a nice walk! There are different tracks and you can go to the summit to have a nice view of the city!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Think we took the long way up when you see the ice cream van if you want a longer hike go to the right, but as we found out it would have been easier to go to the left of the ice cream van then follow the path not easy but easier in my eyes. Once at the top the... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful walk and a beautiful place to view Edinburgh. A place to walk and exercise, a place to picnic when the weather is nice and a place to look over the spectacular architecture of Edinburgh. I especially love sitting looking at the Parliament bulding.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great for a very mixed all ages family outing. Plenty space for everyone to run about and enjoy excellent views.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Holyrood Park is just the place to be if you wish to step out of the Edinburgh turbulence and feel a little bit high. You walk easily down the Royal mile en slowly start your way up to Arthur's seat. In about 45 min you are at the top! Step by the steep and crazy climbing of al those tourists... 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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