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Calton Hill

Calton Hill is one of the best places to soak up the beautiful views of the city of Edinburgh. Here, at Parliament House, we are conveniently located at the foot of Calton Hill. So, you’re just a short walk from the magnificent vistas and Scottish monuments and buildings. Why not book a stay in one of our affordable guest rooms, and visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site?

Panoramic Views from Calton Hill

View from Calton Hill Edinburgh
Taking a short, easy walk from Parliament House Hotel, will lead you up Calton Hill to some of the best views in Edinburgh. Here, you can soak up the panoramic views of the city. Stand on the grassy slopes and absorb the tranquillity above the bustling city below. To the south, you’ll see views along Princes Street and the historic Edinburgh Castle. And, to the north you’ll see Arthur’s Seat and the rolling slopes of Holyrood Park.

Monuments and Attractions

Dugald Stewart Monument Edinburgh
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.
Old Observatory on Calton Hill
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.
National Monument Edinburgh
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

Scottish National Monument on Calton Hill
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, and our fantastic 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.

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