Princes Street, Edinburgh

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    Princes Street

    by Carmanah Updated Jun 18, 2007

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    Princes Street in Edinburgh

    Favorite thing: Princes Street is the major shopping stroll in Edinburgh. I vividly remember wandering around, having lunch at the Burger King, going into Menzies to buy some Smarties in those paper tubes (which we didn't have at the time in Canada - our Smarties came in rectangular boxes). I loved going down a side street and up a staircase into some neat record stores. Found some really funky clothing boutiques selling all kinds of things an alternative 15 year old would love. Even though Princes Street is across from the Edinburgh Castle, it offers some very contemporary shopping as long as you ignore the tartan shops!

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    ROOM WITH A VIEW

    by EdinburghRoc Written Jun 5, 2004

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    Princes Street

    Favorite thing: Don't you just love the view ?

    The Scott Monument on the right.

    The Waverly station with Princes Mall and the Tourist Information at Ground level.

    Behind the North Bridge Hollyrood Park can be glimpsed.

    And a glimpse of Calton Hill above left.

    Fondest memory: The Wondeful Scenery !

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    Princes Street - View Away from Ugly Shops

    by scotlandscotour Written Apr 28, 2004

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    Looking into the Gardens from Princes Street

    Favorite thing: After you have seen my previous "ugly" picture of Princes Street Shops and Architecture, you will be relieved to know that by turning round the view is THIS !

    Here you can see down into the wonderful gardens that run the length of Princes Street, so unless you are catching a bus or shopping - head down into the green oasis.

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    Princes Street - Ugly - But Getting Better Slowely

    by scotlandscotour Written Apr 28, 2004

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    Ugly Shops and Architecture - Princes St

    Favorite thing: You cannot really avoid it, so brace yourself for the startlingly ugly shop fronts of Princes Street. It is exacerbated by the traffic, and the crowds, beggers and bus stops.

    Relief can be found in Waterstones bookshop cafe (super views of Castle, and a window seat) and in Jenners department store.

    Otherwise, walk through the beautiful gardens (other tips) and keep below street level.

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    Old & New Architecture

    by Packerman Updated Sep 27, 2003

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    Princes Street

    Favorite thing: I really like the old architecture and thought it was cool that the old and new were right next to each other on Princes Street. This street gets pretty crowded the closer you get to the train station.

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    Princes Street Gardens

    by Ash59 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Between the Castle stting high up on the hill and the main shopping area, built into the area that was originally a lake, is Princes Street Gardens. If you are weary of shopping or need a rest after trudging up the Royal Mile, then visit these beautifully kept gardens.

    Fondest memory: Have a look around while you are in the gardens. There really are some great statues and monuments to be found, one of which is shown in the photo.

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    The Scott Memorial

    by Ash59 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Rocket to the Stars

    Favorite thing: The Scott Monument was build between 1840-46 as a memorial to the writer Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832). Designed by architect George Kemp (1795-1844), who won a competition with his gothic design, the public can climb the 287 steps to the top of the monument for spectacular views of the city.

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    Relaxing in East Princes Street Gardens

    by Packerman Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Scott Monument in Princes Street Gardens

    Favorite thing: Our family often took an afternoon break next to the Scott Monument. There are plenty of benches and grassy areas to sit and relax. We fed the pidgeons every day which really entertained our two children. We took old bread with us every day and the pidgeons landed right on our daughters hand to eat. I still have that picture, quite amazing and funny. A beautiful place with hundreds of flowers, a great landscape, and a great view of the castle and much more.

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    Winter Wonderland

    by steventilly Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Winter Wonderland

    Favorite thing: Around Christmas time the gardens of Princes Street are turned into a "Winter Wonderland". There is a ferris wheel (the biggest in Britain after the London Eye), a few amusements for kids, an ice skating rink, a toboggan run and a German Christmas Market - all complete with outdoor food and drinks stalls, including the obligatory Gluhwein.
    It's really fun and quite atmospheric.

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    Princess Gardens

    by Andrew_Vodo Written Feb 25, 2003
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    Fondest memory: Princess gardens are situated between the Royal Mile and Princess street. The Castle is seen really great from the gardens. The gardens are very bautiful, very green :)) Lots of trees, birds, very quiet place rigth in the centre of the city.

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    The biggest plus for me is the...

    by SooBrand Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The biggest plus for me is the Edinburgh skyline, fortunately due to the lack of high rises in the city you can enjoy this most anywhere you go. On a sunny day (if you're lucky enough to get one) there is probably no better place to sit than Princes Street gardens, have an ice cream and gaze up at the castle.

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    Climb the Scott Monument

    by haimee Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Fondest memory: We arrived in Edinburgh late at night and left around noon the following day so we had little time to explore the city. We did want to see as much as possible though so we walked from our hostel to the train station that morning and while waiting for the train to Inverness climbed to the top of the Scott Monument......well I almost made it to the top. But the view was incredible even from the 'almost top'.

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    Sir Walter Scott Monument

    by JUNLI Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Sir Walter Scott Monument

    Fondest memory:
    This monument was erected in memory of Sir Walter Scott, who was well-known for his novels or something like that.

    After an exhausting climb of up to 287 steps, you can reach the highest gallery of this monument which is 200ft+ High!

    The admission fare is 2.5 pounds.

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    Balmoral Hotel

    by JUNLI Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Balmoral Hotel

    Fondest memory:
    The statue of Sir Walter Scott is *sitting* in the Scott Monument, and the clocktower of Balmoral Hotel is at the east side of Princes Street, which is a landmark of this renowned street.

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    for a small fee you can climb...

    by ombre Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: for a small fee you can climb up here and veiw the city.
    I did it and must point out its very narrow and tight .If you scared of confined space it's not for you.
    It also can make you feel dizzy as its circular stair well is relentless.
    They also give you a wonderful document to say you climbed climbed the blomming thing very touristy but hey why not!

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