Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2HG
Princes Street is Edinburgh’s main shopping street, set in the shadows of Edinburgh Castle. Part of the city’s New Town, it was built during the reign of King George III. It’s named after the King’s two sons, Princes George and Frederick.
Shopping and Leisure
Many of the top high street shops can be found along the north side of Princes Street – major department stores Jenners, Debenhams and Marks and Spencer. Other big name stores such as Boots, H&M, Topshop, Clarks, Body Shop and Primark. There are also many cafes, food stores, banks and hotels.
Landmarks and Attractions
Along the south side of the street there are lots of great landmarks and attractions including Waverley Station, the historic Balmoral and Caledonian hotels, the Scott Monument, Royal Scottish Academy and National Gallery of Scotland, various statues and memorials and Princes Street Gardens.
At Christmas, the street becomes a sparkling winter wonderland with a festive market and funfair, and at New Year it plays host to the world famous Hogmanay Street Party. All year round it is a buzz of activity, as one of the city’s main thoroughfares.
Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, EH2 2HG
Princes Street Gardens is a large public area along the south side of Princes Street. It’s in the valley between Edinburgh’s Old Town and New Town with Edinburgh Castle to the west. The park is a peaceful haven right in the city centre, particularly popular on a sunny day.
There’s a lot to see in the gardens, including a collection of statues and monuments – notably the Scott Monument, David Livingstone statue, Royal Scots Regimental Memorial and the Scots American War Memorial. Then there’s the Ross Fountain, a huge water feature which stands right in front of the castle, a perfect photo opportunity! The Floral Clock is another highlight, a beautiful floral display which is also a fully functioning clock. There’s also a children’s play park and a choice of cafes and snack bars.
The park holds an outdoor concert venue, the Ross Theatre or Bandstand. This hosts many large events including the Edinburgh International Festival Fireworks Concert and Hogmanay Concert.