Historic Scotland

Opening times

Open year-round.




Roam through a city park like no other. Holyrood Park’s dramatic hills and crags shape Edinburgh’s unforgettable skyline, and its history and archaeology span thousands of years.

Arthur’s Seat, the park’s highest point, is the remains of a volcano, and stone and flint tools found here reveal human activity as far back as 5000 BC. 

What to see and do

  • Climb Arthur’s Seat (251m) for 360-degree views of Edinburgh and the Lothians
  • Take in the free exhibition about the park’s history, geology and archaeology at Holyrood Lodge Information Centre
  • Walk Sir Walter Scott’s Radical Road, the track that hugs the cliffs beneath the Salisbury Crags
  • Discover Iron Age forts and Bronze Age agricultural terraces
  • Visit St Anthony’s Chapel, a picturesque medieval ruin
  • Watch for geese at Duddingston Loch, a haven for waterfowl