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Calton Hill, Edinburgh

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Part of the city’s World Heritage-listed area, the grassy slopes of Calton Hill offer panoramic views of the surrounding region. Visible from this observation point are the city’s main shopping district and the historic Edinburgh Castle. Easily accessible on foot or by car, the hill is home to several historic memorials and buildings, including the National Monument and the City Observatory. On the steep southern slope of the hill you can also visit the Scottish Parliament building, Holyrood Palace, and the old Royal High School. The venue for a number of special events throughout the year, the hill is a popular picnic spot for both locals and passing travelers. PutCalton Hill into our Edinburgh trip itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Just a short walk up from Princes Street in the city centre, this attraction has a number of monuments dedicated to different historical people. The central attraction is the observatory, which has... 
    Just a short walk up from Princes Street in the city centre, this attraction has a number of monuments dedicated to different historical people. The central attraction is the observatory, which has...  more »
  • Calton Hill is a major physical feature in Edinburgh, and with the various structures which have been built on the top of it, it is a significant landmark in Edinburgh. It’s one of Edinburgh’s main.....  more
    Calton Hill is a major physical feature in Edinburgh, and with the various structures which have been built on the top of it, it is a significant landmark in Edinburgh. It’s one of Edinburgh’s main.....  more »
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  • One of the most beautiful things you should visit in Edinburgh. When you are fit enough or like challenges, then climb the walls to the pillars. Nice feeling.
  • This is an awesome place to visit in Edinburgh! I recall it being a bit tricky to find the entrance to the hike, but once we found it, it was a nice walk. The views at the top are beautiful. The structures are awesome, along with the city views. It was pretty busy when we visited in the evening but we could still move around pretty well. If you’re in the area, you’d probably enjoy a visit here. Plus, visiting the hill is free!

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