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~ Main Thoroughfare of Edinburgh ~
Princes Street is one of the main thoroughfares of Edinburgh. It is the main shopping street. There is a lot of foot traffic here. Stores such as Boots, Jenners, Marks & Spencer, HMV, H&M and many more. Surely you'll be able to find anything you are shopping for on this street.
If you happen to have chosen not to drive while in Edinburgh, it looks like just about every bus stops somewhere along Princes Street. I had stayed out in Leith when I visited and the bus stop was right outside our hotel, the Premier Inn and was scheduled to go by there quite frequently.
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The Royal Mile and Edinburgh's old town may have once been at the heart of Edinburgh, but now they have been given over to the tourists. The real heart of the city now lies here, on Princes Street, home to great shopping, great transport connections and great views of Edinburgh Castle and the old town across the Gardens. Princes Street is the main dropping off point for Lothian buses, and all the traffic from Edinburgh's Waverley train station also feeds into it. You street is one long line of department stores, including Edinburgh's oldest: Jenner's. And of course the views... there can't be many shopping streets like this in the world.
Princes Street Gardens
Once upon a time the Princes Street Gardens were known as Loch Nor. This was no glassy blue loch of the glens, though, it was a artificial lake constructed as part of the medieval defences of the castle. It was filthy body of water tainted by the sewage that drained down from the city above. It was no loss when it was drained, and the park that was built in its place has become one of the greatest in Britain. It contains such delights as the Ross Fountain and the tiny Gardener's Cottage. Most impressive of all, though, is the location at the foot of Edinburgh Castle. How can anyone not be awed to rest their feet on a bench in a park with views as magnificent as these?
With a Scotsman to the door we are received by the impressive "station hotel," one of the most famous of Edinburgh
The exterior is notable for its architecture and its tower, that is seen from "all" Edinburgh, in which there is a bell which is called the Big Ben
By the way the clock is three minutes in advance all year, so that travellers "do not miss the train", but the three-day of Hogmanay, during the New Year celebration, the clock shows the exact time
You can get in to see the reception and the bars and restaurants on the inside, to stay at this hotel is another story, that I would not mind experiencing
Note: This tip has been updated with information from "davidjo"
Con un Escocés a la puerta nos recibe el impresionante " hotel de la estación " , uno de los más famosos de Edimburgo
El exterior llama la atención por su arquitectura y su torre , que se ve desde " todo" Edimburgo, en la que hay una campana que se llama el Big Ben
Por cierto el reloj está adelantado todo el año tres minutos ,para que los viajeros "no pierdan el tren" , pero los tres días de Hogmanay cuando celebran el Año Nuevo el reloj marca la hora exacta
Se puede entrar a ver la recepción y los bares y restaurantes que hay en el interior , el alojarse en este hotel es ya otra historia que no me importaría experimentar
Nota: Este tip ha sido modificado con la información de "davidjo"
The gardens - Los Jardines
It is not easy to decide which is the best of this park ,if its quiet walks, the statues, the monuments like the Scott Monument or the view of the Old City at all hours of the day
No es fácil decidir que es lo mejor de este parque si sus paseos tranquilos , sus estatuas , sus monumentos como el de Scott o la vista de la ciudad vieja a todas las horas del día
A gusto de todos - Everyone likes
We are in the center of Edinburgh in one of its busiest streets that will please everyone
Shops and Shopping Centres, including the traditional Jenners, which is the Scottish "Harrods" , museums like the National Gallery of Scotland, the Royal Scottish Academy, the hotels, the train station, its gardens with its monuments and peaceful walks and the perspective and views of the Old Town, make it a street not to lose during your visit
Estamos en el centro de Edimburgo en una de sus calles más animadas que complacerán a todo el mundo
Tiendas y Centros comerciales , entre ellos el tradicional Jenners , que es el "Harrods" escocés , museos como la National Gallery of Scotland, la Royal Scottish Academy , los hoteles , la estación de ferrocarril, sus jardines con sus monumentos y tranquilos paseos y las vistas y perspectiva del Old Town hacen que sea una calle que no hay que perder en nuestra visita
Princes St Gardens
Maybe a unique feature of the city?
The gardens extend almost the whole length of one side of the city's main street. They separate the new town from the old. The area was a loch originally and was drained to create the gardens.
The Scott Monument & Ross Bandstand lie in the gardens. At Christmas they have a market & temporary ice rink.
It's wonderful to have this huge open space right in the heart of the city. When the weather is good, it's full of people catching the rays or eating lunch.
In fact, it was having a pleasant sandwich in the sun there yesterday evening which reminded me to write this.
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Information & Inspiration
If you are unfamiliar with Edinburgh - the Edinburtgh Information Centre should be your first stop. The Centre is well located beside Waverley Train Station & Princes Street. The staff are well clued up on city highlights & can book accommodation for you. You may leave with a forest load of leaflets to browse at your leisure.
- Historical Travel
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Prince's Street Gardens
These gardens were created during the building of the New Town and sit where Nor Loch had been. The loss of a loch in Scotland is probably no big deal, but this one was evidently very polluted from centuries of catching the sewage from the Old Town above it. The gardens are a fascinating blending of many features of the city. It sits just below the wonderful castle, the railroad runs unobtrusively through it from Waverly Station, it contains many statues, memorials and a couple of churches as well as the National Gallery and the Royal Scottish Academy. The largest and most eye-catching memorial is to Sir Walter Scott. While Princes Street is a major shopping area, the gardens are a beautiful, and being lower than street level, quiet place to walk through the a world of blooming flowers, starting with the famous botanical clock.
We were traveling with another couple and her mother, who can no longer travel much, was born in Edinburgh and insisted our friend be sure and see the Botanical Clock so I had to get a photo of her by the clock.
Conducted tour of Edinburgh
An essential must do; you board tour buses from Waverley Bridge, beside the station, and just off Princes Street.
Whilst waiting for the next bus (they are 4 different tours, each showing slightly different attractions) you can take some stunning photos of the Castle sitting on the hill, from this distance.
Also, there are so many buses that you hardly have to wait. I suggest you look up the destinations, and decide which ones to use (I used all four in a day > the perfect intro to and welcome in Edinburgh!)
Even all 4 cost 15UKP; you hop-on hop-off at the given sites and can take your time at the sites that interest you. There'd always be another bus for that route doing the circuit to pick you up !!
There are also loads of big brand department stores sprinkled over, and around this premier street.
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PRINCES STREET GARDENS
Between the main shopping thoroughfare of Princes Street, and the old town & castle, lies Princes Street Gardens. Its the perfect place to grab a quick lunch on a sunny day and just relax and soak up the views of the castle and old town. You can almost forget you are in the centre of a bustling capital city!
Its also home to a couple of sights - the Scott Monument & National Gallery can both be accessed from the gardens
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When in Edinburgh I always find it nice to sit in Princes Street Gardens. With Princes Street on one side and the rock with the Castle overshadowing the other side it is nice to sit in the gardens [usually with a Starbucks coffee] and people watch. The gardens were built in the hollow of a drained loch.
Walk along Famed Princes Street
Princes Street is a must do for feeling the heartbeat of Edinburgh... and for fabulous shopping!
Named after the sons of King George III, the street and immediate area represents both the busy local scene and tourist central.
For those who want to shop, this is the place to be. High-end department stores such as the House of Fraser (including Jenners), Marks and Spencer and Debenhams are well- frequented. Other retail shops, geared to tourist are lined across the street.
Go to my following "things-to-do" tips for some other street highlights/landmarks.
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Meet and relax here in the gardens
Princes Street Gardens, once an unsightly draining area called Nor Loch, is a beautiful local and tourist attraction where people can enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Common activities are taking a stroll, smelling flowers, bird watching and taking in beautiful skyline and city surroundings.
The extensive park area, dating back to the 1820s, is along the dividing line of Edinburgh: separating the old town with the new town. Numerou statues, varieties of flowers and many faces grace the scene.
Come here to meet, walk and perhaps have a snack, as I did with my group.
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Princes Street Gardens
A delightful stretch of green in the middle of the city, Princes Street Gardens divides the lower New Town and Princes Street with the Old Town above and Edinburgh Castle. The gardens were created in 1820 and as well as providing a place to rest your legs they afford some fine views of some of Edinburgh's monuments.
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