‘Beautiful. Very much worth a wander up and around Calton Hill. Lots of interesting memorials and building with a stunning view of the city and Arthur Seat.’
– Calton Hill Tripadvisor Review
Monuments and Attractions
Calton Hill, sometimes mistakenly called Carlton Hill, is part of Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can’t miss the Athenian acropolis perched on the hill above the city skyline. Originally built in 1822 to replicate the Parthenon in Athens and honour those lost in the Napoleonic Wars, the National Monument was never actually completed. These days, you’ll find plenty of visitors trying to climb its giant steps.
Also, on Calton Hill you’ll find more historic monuments including the Dugald Stewart Monument, Nelson’s Monument, Robert Burns Monument, and Political Martyrs’ Monument. There’s also an old burial ground, where you should look out for a statue of Abraham Lincoln, erected in memory of Scottish American soldiers who fought in the American Civil War.
Then there’s the new Collective Project, which will see the City Observatory and Dome restored, along with a new exhibition space and purpose-built restaurant. They are due to open in spring 2018.
Calton Hill Central Accommodation
Situated at the bottom of Calton Hill on the edge of its historic grounds, Parliament House is perfect if you’re looking for central Edinburgh accommodation. Here, you’re close to many Edinburgh attractions, including the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. With comfortable affordable rooms, historic buildings and cosy lounge and our fantastic breakfast restaurant, why not check out our special offers? You’re a short walk from the shops and cafes on Princes Street, as well as the city’s theatres and bars. And, if you’re planning to visit Edinburgh during festival season, Calton Hill is a great place to watch the fireworks.
So, book a stay at Parliament House and enjoy a tucked-away location in the heart of Edinburgh. Then, pack your camera, and take a stroll up Calton Hill to capture the city’s sights in their finest glory.