The New Town Gardens, Calton Hill 657

Edinburgh, Scotland

Brief Description

Calton Hill is a prominent hill north of the Old Town and east of the New Town in Edinburgh which affords panoramic views over the city, Holyrood Park and Salisbury Crags. A circuit path links the many monuments on the hill, but the emphasis of the layout is on open space.

History

William Playfair won the competition to design Calton Hill as an open area within a new town between Edinburgh and Leith in the early-19th century. He was a pupil of William Stark, whose 1814 report on laying out Calton Hill was based on 18th-century picturesque theory and inspired Playfair's design.

Visitor Facilities

The site is open all year round. For details see: http://www.edinburghguide.com/parks/caltonhill
Features
  • Column
  • Description: The Nelson Monument.
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  • Temple
  • Description: Facade of a copy of the Parthenon.
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Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

The site is open all year round. For details see: http://www.edinburghguide.com/parks/caltonhill

Directions

Calton Hill can be accessed on foot from a staircase on Waterloo Place. It is also possible to drive to the top of the hill.
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