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As one of the most-visited cities in Europe, Edinburgh is renowned for its atmospheric medieval streets, its beautiful historic buildings and its exciting festivals. In this article, you’ll discover a collection of fascinating facts about Edinburgh’s 1,000 years of history and the events that transformed it from ‘Auld Reekie’ into ‘The Athens of The North’.
Edinburgh is Scotland’s premier tourist destination and over 4 million visitors come to the city each year to explore its royal palace, majestic castle and imposing cathedral. In this article you will discover a selection of must-visit historic buildings in Edinburgh which are all located within walking distance of Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town.
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.
Tag: Festivals & Events
Edinburgh’s Christmas is a winter festival held in the centre of Scotland’s capital city from late November to early January each year. The event features a German market, theatre shows, and a funfair that includes a variety of theme park rides. The main areas of the event are staged in Princes Street Gardens and George Street.
Greyfriars Kirk is located opposite The National Museum of Scotland in the centre of Edinburgh’s Old Town. The kirk features a large graveyard, a museum, and the grave of Bobby, the faithful Skye terrier. Discover this popular historic attraction with this guide which includes an overview, useful visiting advice, and 360° photos.
It’s possible to visit a huge number of tourist attractions in any direction from Edinburgh when you have a car. Some of the highest-rated attractions within an easy drive from Edinburgh are The Kelpies, Doune Castle and Loch Lomond. Discover everything you need to know about day trips from Edinburgh by car in this complete guide.
The Real Mary King’s Close is a tourist attraction located in the middle of Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile. The attraction allows visitors to step beneath the streets of Edinburgh into an underground labyrinth where the stories of the city’s past residents unfold through a series of exhibits and displays.
Tag: Festivals & Events
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the largest multi-arts festival in the world. The event is held at various venues throughout the city for three weeks in August every year. Discover exactly what it’s like to visit Scotland’s biggest event in this complete guide which includes an overview and handy visiting advice.
As you walk around the city of Edinburgh you may notice sections of an immense fortified wall in seemingly random locations. The Flodden Wall is the protective boundary wall that once played a pivotal role in the city of Edinburgh’s history. Although many parts of the wall have been demolished there are a few sections that still remain standing. Discover the Flodden Wall with this guide which contains an overview, visiting tips, and 360° photos.
Tag: Family Attractions
The Scotch Whisky Experience is located a short distance from Edinburgh Castle esplanade on The Royal Mile. The attraction takes visitors on a tour of Scotland’s whisky industry with an interactive whisky barrel ride, a guided tour of the world’s largest whisky collection, and bespoke whisky tastings. Discover The Scotch Whisky Experience with this guide which features an overview, handy visiting tips, and a 360° virtual tour.
Underneath the streets of Gilmerton in Edinburgh lies Gilmerton Cove, a secret underground series of passageways and chambers that were carved into the sandstone by hand. To date, no one knows who built them. Or why. Discover this fascinating historic tourist attraction with this guide which includes an overview and visiting advice.
Tag: Towns & Villages
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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