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Princes Street

Princes Street is Edinburgh’s most popular shopping street. This mile-long thoroughfare divides the Old Town and the New Town. Sometimes mistakenly called “Princess Street”, it is not named after a princess, but in fact two princes; King George III’s two eldest sons – Prince George (later George IV) and Prince Frederick. Built around 1770 as a grand residential street with a spectacular view of Edinburgh Castle, it was redeveloped for retail and hotels in the 1800s. Shopping on Princes Street today, you’ll find a mix of high street brands and department stores.

Shopping on Princes Street

Princes Street is about a mile in length, stretching from Lothian Road in the West to Leith Street in the east. Shops, cafes and hotels line its northern side, while the southern side has fewer large buildings, allowing for great views of Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town. On the south side, you can access Princes Street Gardens, a large public park. As well as two art galleries, the Royal Scottish Academy and the National Gallery of Scotland.

Major Princes Street shops include Debenhams, Primark, Jenner’s, Apple and Boots. There are also several cafes, including Starbucks and Café Nero, where you can grab an energy boost. Just off the main street, Castle Street, Frederick Street and Hanover Street have further shops, bars and restaurants. Rose Street and George Street run parallel, with yet more places to shop, eat and drink.

Princes Street is easy to get to, with most major bus routes passing through. For those travelling by train, Waverley Station is at the east end of Princes Street.

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Parliament House Hotel is located just a 5-minute walk from the east end of Princes Street. Tucked away at the foot of Calton Hill, away from the hustle and bustle. Check out our latest shopping breaks and special offers.

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