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Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

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Suspected witches used to be drowned at Princes Street Gardens, now one of the city’s most notable parks, renowned for its impeccable lawns and lush woodlands surrounding Edinburgh Castle. Located at the heart of the city’s World Heritage Site, the park was created in two phases in the 1770s and 1820s following the long draining of the Nor Loch, an artificial lake that formed part of the castle’s medieval defenses. The site now includes several prominent statues and memorials, including the Scott Monument, a Gothic spire built in 1844 to honor Sir Walter Scott. You'll also see statues of the explorer David Livingstone and poet Allan Ramsay, as well as the world’s first floral clock, displaying over 30,000 colorful plants. Plan your Princes Street Gardens visit and explore what else you can see and do in Edinburgh using our Edinburgh trip builder website.
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  • Great phot opportunity next to the train station. If I understand correctly it used to be the dump site for the palace. :) 
    Great phot opportunity next to the train station. If I understand correctly it used to be the dump site for the palace. :)  more »
  • Beautiful garden BUT the most horrible man that works there. He ran around to everybody sitting near the fountain yelling at them to get out as it was closing time at 6:25pm. We got up and started... 
    Beautiful garden BUT the most horrible man that works there. He ran around to everybody sitting near the fountain yelling at them to get out as it was closing time at 6:25pm. We got up and started...  more »
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  • This is a beautiful park to enjoy a walk. Plenty of places to grab drinks, snacks or ice cream. Lots of places to sit - benches or the grass. Half way along is 'the mound' where you can visit the National Gallery and Scottish Academy which I would recommend. You can also visit the Sir Walter Scott memorial but you need to pay for this. The views are amazing especially of Edinburgh castle.
  • This has to be one of the best gardens I have visited around UK if not other countries. The castle is right there on the backdrop. Lot of cherry blossoms around. A nice fountain right at the center and plenty of historic architectures around. This place is a heaven for both a nature lover and an architectural admirer. Edinburgh has to be one of best places I've visited in a while. I definitely hope to visit again in coming years.

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