Edinburgh saw the best UK tourism performance outside London in 2009, and continues to offer visitors top-notch attractions, atmosphere, and history. Here’s a run down of some of the top spots for an unforgettable visit to Scotland’s capital city.
Edinburgh’s most recognizable landmark, the Edinburgh Castle is Scotland’s most famous Castle and houses the Scottish Crown Jewels, called the “Honours of Scotland.” Its hilltop façade provides a stunning backdrop to the rest of the city. Admission runs about £12 for adults and £6 for children.
Edinburgh’s Famous Shopping Streets
Princess Street is perhaps the most famous, separating Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns and providing a home for numerous department stores. George Street provides some of Edinburgh’s best boutiques and bars, while St. Andrews Square and Multrees Walk both offer a plethora of designer options. Plus there’s the satisfaction of walking around Edinburgh’s Old Town and New Town, both awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status and housing the highest concentration of listed buildings in the world.
The Royal Mile
Running from Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland, to Edinburgh Castle, this street encompasses some of Edinburgh’s most famous treasures. Scottish Parliament, the popular Scotch Whisky Experience, and a variety of ghost tours are all centred on this street.
Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens
Encompassing 70 acres of beautiful green space, the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens provide a peaceful retreat from the bustle of the city. From the 1st February to the 15th of March, the Scottish Snowdrop Festival will feature snowdrop displays at the Gardens.
Once a marketplace and centre for public executions, the Grassmarket is now a hub for cobbled streets, historic architecture, and quirky pubs and restaurants.
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