Arthur's Seat

Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh: Hours, Address, Arthur's Seat Reviews: 4.5/5

Arthur's Seat
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Arthur's Seat is one of four hill forts, dating from around 2,000 years ago. Situated within Holyrood Park, 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. The park has several Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) designations due to its exceptional range of grassland habitats and its internationally important volcanic geology. Ranger service on site.
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The area
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Neighbourhood: 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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Westonsupermackem
Weston-super-Mare, UK249 contributions
Great views but go prepared
Jun. 2021 • Couples
The views from the top of Arthur’s Seat are stunning however this is not an easy walk whichever route you take. The summit section is both gravel and well worn granite so can be very slippery if you don’t have appropriate footwear. This is certainly not a walk for sandals or flip flops. There are some dangerous areas at the top so children need to be very careful.
Written July 26, 2021
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larry d
3 contributions
Arthurs seat
Jul. 2021
Lovely walk up to the top, with beautiful views over Edinburgh. Took about 45 minutes at a moderate pace so not too strenuous. Well worth it.
Written July 26, 2021
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Andrew L
Barbados674 contributions
Fantastic walk, great views, wear sensible shoes.
Jul. 2021 • Couples
We are so glad we walked to the top of Arthur's seat, the weather was fabulous, the walk is pretty tough we walked about 5 miles in all but the view of Edinburgh was worth it, fantastic day worth the sweat, wear sensible shoes can be slippery, but do it if in town, so worth it.
Written July 25, 2021
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Jessica N
3 contributions
Amazing views
Jul. 2021
Took about 40 minutes to get to the top, with the path getting more difficult at the very top, but the views were definitely worth it!
Written July 25, 2021
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CovAaron
Coventry, UK103 contributions
Well worth the hike!
Jul. 2021 • Couples
Breathtaking views of the city available from up here and a really fun climb with plenty of different routes and terrains.

It took us around 40 minutes to reach the peak using one of the most-trodden paths and around 30 to climb back down.
Written July 22, 2021
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fulham1987
Andover, UK65 contributions
Great views of Edinburgh
Jul. 2021 • Solo
Arthurs seat was my favorite part of Edinburgh, with awesome views across the city. Arturs seat is also reasonably easy walk up which means it's accessible for most people.
Written July 21, 2021
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Fatfool
Rochdale, UK86 contributions
Glorious sunshine and views.
Jul. 2021
A fantastic couple of hours walking and sight seeing. A busty place, Holyrood Park is a must see, in thesun.
Written July 21, 2021
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JBo9876
Kilbirnie, UK104 contributions
Hike & Views in the sun #arthursseat
Jun. 2021 • Couples
Always wanted to walk up Arthur’s Seat when at Edinburgh, great day, nice walk with great views!!! Took the back route rather than the more popular path, steeper but more enjoyable
Written July 20, 2021
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Damien M
4 contributions
Great walk`
Jul. 2021
Great way to stretch you legs and get out of the city for a few hours.
Only a short walk from the city and after a challenging 30/40 min steep climb,its worth it for the views at the top.
Definitely need to wear suitable footwear (and clothing!)
Written July 20, 2021
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caitlin richards
London, UK7 contributions
great views
Jul. 2021
absolute must for any Edinburgh trip and not too much of a long walk so even those who aren’t fans of walking should try.
Written July 19, 2021
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