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Why locals love it

This is the place to go to enjoy the sunshine, which happens rarely enough to make all the locals suddenly head to Princes Street Gardens. But don't be put off by this fact, there is plenty of space to have your own picnic. The garden is especially beautiful in spring bloom and in rich autumn colours.

Why you should visit it

Princes Street Gardens is probably the most popular public park in the city, dividing the old and new towns of Edinburgh. It is hard to believe that 200 years ago there was a large loch at this place polluted from sewage of the old town. Today you can lie on the perfect green grass and enjoy the view of mighty Edinburgh castle.

Special tip

In winter the gardens fill up with carousels and christmas stalls. Have a ride on the ferris wheel to enjoy the view and warm up with mulled cider.

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The perfect place to hang out in on a sunny day. This is where the locals will sit with friends overlooking the Edinburgh skyline. If you time your visit for around 1pm, you will hear the 1 o'clock cannon fire from Edinburgh Castle.
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August 27, 2020
where to see Edinburgh life, I once saw a man kick back, take out his teeth and watch the world go by! great galleries here too, and view of the beautiful ramsay gardens and castle
February 13, 2018

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