The historical centre of Edinburgh is divided into two parts by the Princes Street Gardens, the best known park in Edinburgh and the first to claim the admiring interest of visitors. The gardens occupy the site of the old Nor' Loch, and fill the valley between the Rock and Princes Street.
These are an almost unique feature. There are few cities in the world in which a promenade in the principal street can be left by a little iron gate, and open out into an inviting garden valley, with restful green lawns, shady seats, and with a general air of seclusion, the proximity of the city's traffic effectively banished from the consciousness.
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