What to see in Edinburgh: the best attractions

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Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, yet, it is far from being the largest city in the country. It is Glasgow that wins first place as the largest city, it is also more industrial. But Edinburgh still remains the favorite destination for all tourists who reach Scotland. Discover the best places to see in Edinburgh.



What to see in Edinburgh

The capital is rich in history, architecture and beautiful landscapes. There is so much to see, do and visit in and around the city! Cut in half by Princes Street Gardens, the city offers many different faces…



Old Town, the historic center of the city

This is the historic district of Edinburgh where a is concentrated large number of monuments. With its magnificent castle, narrow and dark alleys, it almost seems to go back in time to the Middle Ages.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle - Scotland -

High on the steep hill of Castle Rock, the Edinburgh Castle it is the main attraction of the city. Edinburgh Castle has played a pivotal role in Scottish history, both as a royal residence and as a military fortress. 

Within its walls of blackened stones are the Honours of Scotland (the crown jewels of Scotland) enclosed in the heart of the Royal Palace. From the castle's crenellated ramparts, you have a breathtaking view of the New Town district and the Firth of Forth estuary.

It is advisable to book one guided tour of Edinburgh Castle with a skip-the-line ticket to avoid waiting at the entrance.

Royal Mile

Nerve center of the old city, the Royal Mile must be explored on foot. This long road (more than 1 mile) is very touristy. In addition to looking at all the souvenir shops, explore the small passages that open to the side!



Visit St Giles Cathedral, admire its colorful windows, the internal organ system and the famous Thisle chapel.


In the heart of the Royal Mile, you will fall in love with Victoria Street, one of the most famous streets in Edinburgh, with its small colorful stalls glued together. It feels like being in the middle of a Harry Potter book!

Holyrood Palace

Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, Scotland - Image from Pixabay

Il Holyrood Palace is the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen of Scots. It is located at the end of the Royal Mile opposite the castle. They are open to visit some apartments, the ruins of the abbey and the royal gardens.


Need go up its narrow spiral staircase to enjoy a breathtaking view. The climb is paid, but the tickets are reasonably priced and worth it. After all, this is one of the tallest monuments dedicated to a writer in the world.

 

 

Getting around in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a city where it is very easy to get around on foot. Many points of interest are concentrated around the Old Town.

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