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6. Holyrood Park

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Holyrood Park

Holyrood Park is a unique historic landscape in the heart of Edinburgh, whose dramatic crags and hills give the city its distinctive skyline. Within the Park is a wealth of history and archaeology spanning thousands of years. Arthur’s Seat is one of four hill forts, dating from around 2000 years ago.

East of Dunsapie Crag is a prehistoric farmstead of scooped circular huts. St Anthony’s Well, a stone bowl and massive boulder, lies on a path up to the gaunt ruin of St Anthony’s Chapel, which stands on a spur overlooking the Forth. Downhill is St Margaret’s Well, one of seven holy wells in the Park.

The remains of medieval and later rig-and-furrow cultivation can be seen in several places. A Royal Park probably since the 12th century, Holyrood Park was enclosed by a stone-built boundary wall in 1541. As well as its rich cultural heritage, the Park offers walks, solace, wildlife, volcanic geology and unparalleled vistas of the city from its many vantage points.

There is an exhibition in Holyrood Lodge Information Centre and the Holyrood Park Ranger Service can provide assistance if needed.

Holyrood Park Address:
Holyrood Park
E of Holyrood Palace and Abbey

Holyrood Park Opening Times:
The roads within Holyrood Park are closed every Sunday between the hours of 9.00am and 3.30pm (approximately) and at various times throughout the year due to events and road maintenance.

Holyrood Park Admission:

T  +44 (0)131 652 8150

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