Parking for Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

If you’re in Edinburgh and fancy visiting the famous Arthur’s Seat landmark and take in the breathtaking views across the city, you might be wondering where to park.

Located in Holyrood Park, Arthur’s Seat is a popular destination for locals and tourists, meaning finding a place to park can be challenging.

In this guide, we’ll show your options for parking near Arthur’s Seat, including paid and free options.

About Arthur’s Seat

Arthur’s Seat is an extinct volcano and the highest point in Edinburgh, Scotland. It’s a popular destination for hikers, runners, and tourists who want to take in the panoramic views of the city.

The walk up to the top of Arthur’s Seat should take between 45 minutes and 1hr 15 minutes depending on your fitness levels, so we recommend giving yourself at least 2 hours to complete the round-trip and take in the views.

However, parking near Arthur’s Seat can be challenging, especially during peak tourist season.

Arthur's Seat

Paid Parking Near Arthur’s Seat

If you don’t mind paying for parking, there are several paid parking options near Arthur’s Seat.

Holyrood Car Park

The most convenient option is Holyrood car park located at the start of the trail leading up to Arthur’s Seat.

In the car park, there’s often an ice-cream or snack van so you can grab some essential refreshments before the walk (dependant on season). There are also public toilets located just a stones throw away at Holyrood Park Education Centre.

Address: Edinburgh, EH8 8AZ

Parking Charges

Parking at Holyrood car park costs just £1 per hour and charges park apply between 8.30am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday.

Holyrood Road NCP Car Park

Another option for parking near Arthur’s Seat is the Holyrood Road NCP Car Park, which is located near the Scottish Parliament and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. This car park is also convenient for visitors who want to explore the Royal Mile or the city centre.

Address: Viewcraig Gardens, Edinburgh, EH8 9UL

Parking Charges

Up to 1 hour£3.95
Up to 2 hours£7.90
Up to 3 hours£11.85
Up to 4 hours£15.80
Up to 5 hours£19.75
Up to 6 hours£23.70

Free Parking Near Arthur’s Seat

If you’re looking for a free parking option, you can try parking on the streets near Holyrood Park. There are several residential streets in the area, and some of them offer free parking.

It’s important to note that parking on the streets can be difficult, especially during peak tourist season. You may need to arrive early to find a spot, and you should always check the signs to ensure that you’re parked legally.

Streets offering free parking for Arthur’s Seat include:

  • Queen’s Park Avenue – 7 minute walk
  • Ladyhill Terrace – 11 minute walk
  • Paisley Crescent – 12 minute walk

Driving Directions to Arthur’s Seat

To get to the base of Arthur’s Seat (or Holyrood Car Park), you can follow these driving directions:

  1. From the city centre, head east on the A1.
  2. Take the exit towards Holyrood.
  3. At the roundabout, take the second exit onto Horse Wynd.
  4. At the next roundabout, take the first exit onto Queen’s Drive.
  5. Follow Queen’s Drive for about 0.5 miles until you reach the car park on your left.