Calton Hill

Lying to the east of Princes Street in central Edinburgh is the peak of Calton Hill. Families will love visiting this picture-postcard spot, where the summit offers superb views of the Salisbury Crags.

Calton Hill, Edinburgh boasts so much history and hosts a wealth of historic monuments. The National Monument takes the spotlight here, with its ruined columns reminiscent of the Parthenon in Athens!

The 19th-century landmark of the Nelson Monument rests at the top; a piercing monument offering steps up to a viewing gallery. Here, you can soak up the dramatic sights of the city skyline and the sea.

Discover two observatories on Calton Hill, The City Observatory and The Observatory House. The prior is the perfect example of 19th-century architecture with a Roman influence. Both are still used today and offer a range of exhibitions!

The hill has high political significance, hosting a selection of Scottish Government buildings. The Palace of Holyrood House rests here, providing insight into Edinburgh’s royal history.

The area is home to several events, including the Beltane Fire Festival. Every April, visitors can gather around a bonfire and enjoy live performances inspired by Summertime.

Explore the hill dubbed ‘Athens of the North’ and unlock your inner historian…

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