The Complete Guide to Visiting St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh

St Giles Cathedral

St. Giles Cathedral has been a focal point for religious activity in Edinburgh for over 900 years, although the present structure that we see today can trace its roots back to the 14th century.

Due to its central location on The Royal Mile, St. Giles has become a popular tourist attraction and is an ideal stop-off point between excursions to the palace and the castle.

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The Grassmarket in Edinburgh

the grassmarket edinburgh

Edinburgh’s Grassmarket is a bustling square in the heart of the city’s Old Town. This historic site is surrounded by classic tenement buildings that line the roads along the iconic West Bow and Victoria Street but it’s best known for the lively pubs and restaurants that offer superb outside seating areas.

The Grassmarket is one of the oldest parts of Edinburgh and it was originally used as a marketplace for horses and cattle.

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The Complete Guide to Visiting Leith in Edinburgh

Leith

Leith is a historic district of Edinburgh that centres around the Water of Leith, Leith harbour, and the restaurant-packed Shore.

The district has a rich maritime history but it is now a popular tourist destination thanks to its combination of trendy bars, award winning restaurants, superb shopping areas and attractions including the Royal Yacht Britannia.

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The Complete Guide to Visiting The Royal Mile in Edinburgh

The Royal Mile

The historic Royal Mile in Edinburgh connects the Palace of Holyrood at the bottom to Edinburgh Castle at the top, on a road that is one mile in length (hence the name).

The road runs through the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town and is one of the top tourist destinations in the city thanks to the number of tourist attractions, restaurants, pubs and events that can be found along its entire length.

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The Complete Guide to Visiting The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh

National Gallery Modern Art

While the Scottish National Gallery and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery are easily accessible from the city centre, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is located slightly further afield to the west of Dean Village, so it’s a little bit inaccessible to unfamiliar visitors.

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The Complete Guide to Visiting The Museum on the Mound in Edinburgh

Museum on the Mound

If you’re stuck for ideas for things to do while you’re in the centre of Edinburgh you could do a lot worse than pop into the Museum on the Mound, one of the few museums in the world that’s dedicated to the one thing none of us ever have enough of – money.

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