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Holyrood Park

1 Holyrood Park, Edinburgh EH16 5BT, Scotland
+44 131 510 7555
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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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“arthur's seat” (291 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1 Holyrood Park, Edinburgh EH16 5BT, Scotland
Southside & Holyrood
+44 131 510 7555
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

So we've gone up several times now...a direct route and a more scenic route can get you to the top. Moving here I had hoped to be closer to this amazing extinct volcano, but it just did not come to fruition. The views are worth...More

Thank schose
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The hike- any way you do it- is challenging, but beyond worth the work based on the views alone. Set yourself the challenge and you shall be rewarded!

Thank HouseofCastles
Reviewed 3 days ago

See my review for King Arthur's seat ... If you enjoy the outdoors, views and easy hiking (there are even some paved paths for an easy walk about) GO!!

Thank Amy C
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a great place to have a view of Edinburgh and a large area of open space in the city. The day we were there the Queen was visiting Holyrood Palace so only a short stop was made. It is interesting from a geologic...More

Thank Mmarymomm
Reviewed 5 days ago

Scotland is always cold so bring a jacket. Great view and the hike upwards is worth it. Safe for female solo travellers as well.

Thank Aqilah M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The area that starts from the Scottish parliament offers abundant green fields, hills and smaller mountains to walk around or climb. Stick to the main path for heading up to Arthur's head and then you could try to descend the northern path...watch out though since...More

Thank Crister S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great park to visit if have time its close to Royal mile and Palace. You can climb up Arthur Seat if you have the time. It was nice to see this park as my Grandmother live close to this park.

Thank Alan D
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great park to explore beyond Arthur's Seat. There are some very interesting ruins, and the hike up the back route to Arthur's Seat was a nice challenge compared to the easier way up. Definitely worth exploring.

Thank Ben G
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the park with Arthur's seat in it. It's definitely worth a tour and after you climb Arthur's seat, after a short walk you can take a look at the gorgeous Holyrood Palace and the utterly hideous Parliament building right opposite to it. The...More

Thank Boboboss
Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the view of the city. We were able to see the Palace, Castle, Arthor's Seat, and the Royal Mile. Many people were having a picnic at the top. Not too strenuous of a hike.

Thank Kylie_124
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
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21 January 2017|
Response from ByHistoricScotland | Property representative |
The majority of Holyrood Park would remain open to pedestrian access, although small areas around the Palace may experience restrictions from time to time. There will be vehicle restrictions on Garden Party day. And there... More
30 March 2015|
Response from ByHistoricScotland | Property representative |
Hi, yes there there are a few car parks at Holyrood Park. There is a car park next to Holyrood Palace, which you will need to pay for. There is also a free option which is slightly futher up Authur's Seat. I hope this... More