Arthur’s Seat Parking
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Arthur’s Seat is an extinct volcano and the grandest peak of the three clusters of hills in Scotland’s capital Edinburgh. It forms the majority of the Holyrood Park alongside Calton Hill and Castle Rock, all of which are a site of special scientific interest. Lying just a mile east of the famed Edinburgh Castle, built on top of an extinct volcano, the hill rises high over the city of 822 feet and gives breath-taking 360 views over the city and beyond. It has been said to bear similarity to a sleeping lion.
It is a popular hillwalking and climbing attraction, with the ability to climb the hill from any direction, dependent on how hard a hike you want to endure.
In 1836 five boys who were hunting for rabbits found 17 miniature coffins each with tiny wooden figures inside, in a cave on the peaks of Arthur’s Seat. Though there were suggestions the coffins were made for witchcraft or linked to the Burke and Hare 1828 murders, the purpose of those 17 coffins remains a mystery even to this day. This became a subject of the Phillip Caveney teen fiction novel ‘Seventeen Coffins’ published in 2014 about the unexplained find.
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Parking at Arthur’s Seat
Arthur’s seat doesn’t have its own car park specifically, the closest ones to the popular mountain are Holyrood Road (25 minute walk), St Leonards (13 minute walk) and Dynamic Earth (25 minute walk). There are disabled bays available in all car parks and charges apply to all who park in them.
Holyrood Road NCP multi-storey car park (EH8 9UL) has 297 standard spaces and four disabled bays. It is open Monday to Sunday 24 hours a day.
- 1 hour - £3.50
- 1 to 2 hours - £8.00
- 2 to 3 hours - £12.00
- 3 to 4 hours - £15.00
- 4 to 24 hours - £20.00
- Evening charge from: 5.00pm to 11.59pm - £7.50
St Leonards car park (EH8 9RF) has 95 standard spaces as well as some disabled bays. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- 1 hour - £2.50
- 2 hours - £5.00
- 4 hours - £8.00
- Additional 2 hours - £1.50
- Overnight (from 12.00pm to 8.00am) - £8.50
Dynamic Earth car park has 120 standard spaces and disabled bays. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- 1 hour - £3.50
- 2 hours - £5.50
- 3 hours - £7.50
- 4 hours - £9.00
- 5 hours - £10.00
- 6 hours - £13.50
- 7 hours - £16.00
- 24 hours - £19.50
- Overnight from 6.00pm to 6.00am - £1.00
More information can be found on the Edinburgh council page about parking spaces, car parks and any further details.
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Waverley Station is Edinburgh’s main and busiest train station and the closest to Arthur’s Seat. Lying only a seven minute drive a 15 minute bus ride or a 20 minute walk to St Leonards car park at the bottom of Arthur’s Seat.
The station has trains to many major cities around Scotland like Glasgow and Dunblane, as well as direct trains into England’s capital London Kings Cross and Euston station and the North of England to Manchester Airport.
Trainline has all the necessary information required for making journeys to and from the Scottish capital.
Edinburgh has great public transport services to both visitors and residents including a 24 hour Airlink100 bus service to Edinburgh airport.
The buses: 2, 14, 30, N30 and 33 stop at Commonwealth Pool which is a 20 minute walk from Arthur’s Seat.
Services: 3, N3, 7, 8 and 29 stop at Salisbury Place and this is a 23 minute walk from Arthur’s Seat.
The Lothian buses have full details on journey planning and bus timetables.
The A199 City of Edinburgh Bypass runs circular around the city. This is reached by many A roads. The M8 from Glasgow and the A1 and M6 running into England to the North East, East and Midlands and London.
Seek google maps or AA journey planner on the best route to Edinburgh where Arthur’s Seat resides.
Sat nav postcode: EH8 8HG (Approximate)
A 20 minute walk from Waverley train station to St Leonards car park close to Arthur’s seat and a 20 to 23 walk depending on the bus stop you disembark at.
Edinburgh Airport has arrivals and departures to England and across Europe, making it easily accessible for a walking weekend in the Scottish capital with a hike up Arthur’s Seat being a top of the things to do.
Arthur’s Seat is reachable by the Airlink100 bus that runs every 12 minutes and takes around 48 minutes into the centre of the city where you can either walk or catch a bus closer to Arthur’s Seat. Or a 27 minute drive to the nearest car park to Arthur’s Seat.
Edinburgh has its own tram system with trams running every 15 minutes from the airport to York place stopping at other key points within the city. York place lies the closest to Holyrood park where Arthur’s Seat resides. It is a 15 minute bus ride or a 20 minute walk.
Edinburgh Trams provides all the necessary information for getting around Edinburgh by tram.
Disabled Parking at Arthur’s Seat
Those Blue Badge holders who park in the three closest car parks to Arthur’s seat, are required to use the disabled bays where possible and display their badges. Parking charges apply to all who use these car parks.
There are on street designated blue badge holders bays available throughout Edinburgh for free of charge, with no time constraint. The closest to Arthur’s seat are St Leonards Lane and Howden Street.
To search for the disabled car park that is closest to Arthur’s Seat, see the Blue Badge Parking website.
Electric vehicle charging stations are available at several locations in Edinburgh. The closest ones to Arthur’s Seat are:
- David Hume Tower car park
- Summerhall Edinburgh
A network of all electric vehicle charging points can be found on the government's Go Ultra low website.
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Overnight, Weekends & Bank Holidays
Normal charges apply on weekends and bank holidays in these car parks.
Holyrood Road NCP multi-storey car park charges £20.00 for 4 to 24 hours and the evening charge is £7.50 between 5.00pm and 11.59pm. St Leonards car park overnight charge from 12.00pm to 8.00am is £8.50. Parking at Dynamic Earth car park overnight from 6.00pm to 6.00am is £1.00
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When did Arthur’s Seat become extinct?
Arthur's Seat last erupted 340 million years ago and is now classified as an extinct volcano.
Where is Arthur’s Seat?
It sits proudly in Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland.
How long does it take to climb Arthur’s Seat?
The circular loop from Holyrood Place usually takes around two hours, but it depends on how fast you walk and how often you stop for photos.
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