Part of the city’s World Heritage-listed area, the grassy slopes of Calton Hill offer panoramic views of the surrounding region. Visible from this observation point are the city’s main shopping district and the historic Edinburgh Castle. Easily accessible on foot or by car, the hill is home to several historic memorials and buildings, including the National Monument and the City Observatory. On the steep southern slope of the hill you can also visit the Scottish Parliament building, Holyrood Palace, and the old Royal High School. The venue for a number of special events throughout the year, the hill is a popular picnic spot for both locals and passing travelers. PutCalton Hill into our Edinburgh trip itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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Calton Hill reviews
Great city views across Edinburgh, especially at sunset, and on a clear day can see for miles - a must see when in the city. more »
I would have thought that better care and attention would be taken over this tourist attraction-worth a visit for the vista's but pick a nice sunny day because it can be a tad cold on a miserable day more »
Nice Park with views and things to see, gets very busy.
The weather would make differences for different days. It was on my side on the day of my visit.
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