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Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Visitor & Tourism Guide



UNESCO World Heritage
Edinburgh's UNESCO World Heritage status is a good place to start:

'Edinburgh has been the Scottish capital since the 15th century. It has two distinct areas: the Old Town, dominated by a medieval fortress; and the neoclassical New Town, whose development from the 18th century onwards had a far-reaching influence on European urban planning. The harmonious juxtaposition of these two contrasting historic areas, each with many important buildings, is what gives the city its unique character' (source: UNESCO website, link provided).

Princes Street, the Old Town and the New Town
On the map, begin with Princes Street. Named after George III's sons and built in the eighteenth century as part of the development of the New Town, the street pretty much divides Old Town and New Town Edinburgh.

Old Town
To the south, in Old Town, you'll find Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. These are connected by a number of streets which are collectively known as 'The Royal Mile'. Edinburgh Castle is at the west end and Holyrood Palace at the east end of 'The Royal Mile'.

To learn more about life here throughout history, try The Museum of Edinburgh and The Real Mary King's Close, an amazing area underneath the Royal Mile where people once lived and worked (link provided).

Within Old Town, you'll also find The National Gallery of Scotland Complex close to the Scott Monument and the Royal Museum, The Camera Obscura and St Giles Cathedral. Over by Holyrood Palace are Holyrood Park and the famous Arthur's Seat which offers spectacular views of the city. Salisbury Crags are a series of dramatic cliffs on a spur of Arthur's seat.

New Town
To the north of Princes Street, you'll experience New Town. Famous for its Georgian architecture (if touring the UK, book a few days at Bath in South West England, another UNESCO World Heritage Site known for it Georgian architecture), walk Moray Place and Charlotte Square. Close by, visit the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and then Calton Hill with its National Monument.

Other attractions
The most obvious visitor attraction is the August 'Edinburgh Festival'. Rivalled only by London's Notting Hill Carnival, the population of Edinburgh swells when the Festival starts.

North of Edinburgh Castle and New Town is the Royal Botanic Garden. To the west is . Outside the city are the Forth Railway Bridge and, a little further away, Linlithgow Palace.

Glasgow
Last, if visiting Edinburgh, why not pop across to Glasgow City to explore another great Scottish destination? About 70km (43m) west of Edinburgh, Glasgow offers a particularly fine cultural experience with Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and The Burrell Collection, Glasgow Gallery Of Modern Art and St Mungo Museum.

External Links
www.edinburgh.org
whc.unesco.org
www.realmarykingsclose.com

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Tenements Edinburgh Old Town

Located in Edinburgh, Edinburgh, The Lowlands, Scotland

Less than a mile away.

Located in the Old Town of Edinburgh, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tenements are the equivalent of modern apartments. In Edinburgh, they date from the fifteenth century and can be up to ten stories high...

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Royal Museum

Located in Edinburgh, Edinburgh, The Lowlands, Scotland

Less than a mile away.

The Royal Museum and Museum of Scotland make up the National Museums of Scotland. Exhibits covering geology, archaeology, natural history, science, technology and art. Home to 'Dolly The Sheep', the first successful clon...

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Scott Monument

Located in Edinburgh, Edinburgh, The Lowlands, Scotland

Less than a mile away.

Monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott who died in 1832. Completed in 1844. Designed by George Meikle Kemp, a forty-five year old joiner, draftsman, and self-taught architect...

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St Giles Apartments, Edinburgh
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Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 16; Rates: 70 - 675 Per Night

Exceptional 4-star accommodation on Edinburgha s famous Royal Mile and throughout the Old Town, offering professional design for a stay in comfort and style...

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Bank Hotel, Edinburgh
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Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 9; Rates: 94 - 165 Per Night

Boasting a privileged position on the corner of the Royal Mile and just a 2-minute walk away from Princes Street, this hotel provides easy access to all the history and culture Edinburgh has to offer...

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Radisson Sas Hotel Edinburgh, Edinburgh
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Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 238; Rates: 64 - 314 Per Night

On the historic Royal Mile, Radisson SAS Hotel Edinburgh offers free Wi-Fi, a swimming pool and a gym Waverley Station is just a 5-minute walk away Each sleek, modern room has a digital TV and a luxurious en suite bathro...

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