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Calton Hill

510 Reviews
Ranked No. 2 in Edinburgh Can't Miss Attractions
Liked by 7
Open Open 24 hours
Recommended sightseeing time: 2 hours
Address: St. Andrews House 2 Regent Road, Edinburgh EH1 3DG
Phone: +44-131-5297061

What travelers say:

The Carlton Hill of Edinburgh goes eastward along Prince Street to the end, and then comes to the lush Carlton Hill. Standing on the west side of the hill, the castle of Edinburgh stands, guarding the quiet town, with a beautiful view. Looking east, you can see the blue Atlantic and white sails on Forth Bay. In the wind and sun, you can always see the locals flocking to Carlton Hill, picnicking and sunning on the lawn. There are two monuments on Mount Carlton, a national monument, built in 1822 to commemorate the soldiers killed in the Napoleonic Wars. But the monument was not completed, with only a huge column supporting the beam. It was said that the work was interrupted by a budget overdraft. Another is the Nelson Monument, built to commemorate Admiral Nelson. Every day at 1 p.m. when the castle fires the gun, the small ball of the tip of the Nelson Monument falls. There is also a striking dome on Calton Hill, the Edinburgh City Observatory.

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The Calton Hill is located in the east of Edinburgh and is dotted with many historic and elegant buildings. It is also the commanding heights of Edinburgh, and you can take a trip along the top of the hill to see the spectacular panorama of Edinburgh. Every sunrise and sunset, many tourists will come here to enjoy the beautiful scenery, often able to take beautiful photos. Going east along Princes Street to the end of the Carlton Hill. The mountain is not high, and slowly walks up, all the way is lush scenery. When the weather is fine, many locals will come here to sunbathe on the lawn or have a picnic.
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