Destination: Edinburgh

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World famous delightful Scottish historic city

Edinburgh

Edinburgh Tours with Great British Trips

Introducing Edinburgh


Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, and combines everything you would want in a historic city from its famous castle, royal palace, narrow medieval streets and Georgian squares to a dynamic modern dimension that includes international festivals, cutting edge arts, trendy bars and enticing restaurants all amidst a cosmopolitan environment but with a noticeably Scottish flavour. The city centre has two distinct parts. The New Town to the north has Princes Street the main shopping street, while the Old Town south and east of castle ridge is brimming with history as you explore the atmospheric cobbled streets and alleys. <em>Please note, unless you plan to visit the Edinburgh Fringe Festival or Military Tattoo, we highly recommend avoiding Edinburgh in August if possible</em>

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Region: Scotland

Time to spend here: 1 - 3 days

More Information: www.edinburgh.org

What's nearby? Day tours from Edinburgh will take you to most popular Scottish mainland destinations.

What transport do you recommend? Sightseeing bus is the best way to get around the city though central areas are pedestrianised.

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Edinburgh Castle

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Edinburgh Castle is Scotland's number 1 visitor attraction. Sitting majestically upon a volcanic rock at the top of the famous Royal Mile. It includes St Margaret's Chapel from the 12th century and the Great Hall where the Scottish Parliament met until 1639. The One o'clock gun sounds at 1pm every day except Sundays, and is well worth seeing and hearing!
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

The Royal Mile

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The Royal Mile stretches from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyrood House and the Scottish Parliament. Along the mile there are a number of attractions: The Writers' Museum provides a glimpse into the lives of three of Scotland's best known writers - Burns, Scott and Stevenson. The Scotch Whisky Experience, shows you the distilling process as you take a ride through a replica distillery – a must for all whisky lovers. The Camera Obscura & World of Illusions is a truly entertaining experience for all ages. The Museum of Childhood lets you step back in time as you see 5 galleries showing how children have been dressed and educated over the years.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

The Palace of Holyroodhouse

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The Palace of Holyroodhouse is Her Majesty The Queen's official residence in Scotland. You can visit the Royal Apartments which reflect the changing tastes of monarchs over the years.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

National Museum of Scotland

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Discover some of the nation's most precious possessions alongside the everyday objects that throw light on Scotland through the ages.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Scottish Parliament

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The Scottish Parliament building opened in 2004. It is an absorbing building with some unusual architecture and offers a fascinating tour.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Holyrood Park

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Holyrood Park is a Royal Park in Edinburgh open to the public. It contains parkland, lochs, hills and crags, and yet is in the centre of the city. You can take a walking tour of the park, visiting Salisbury Craigs, St. Anthony's Chapel, and also take the steep climb up to Arthur's Seat (251m) where you can be rewarded with fabulous views of the city.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

The Royal Yacht Britannia

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One of Scotland's best attractions, the Royal Yacht Britannia is just outside from the city centre, but is accessible with the sightseeing bus. An interesting audio tour will take you through this floating Royal residence, with its elegant state rooms and the absorbing engine room, which are just some of the highlights.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Royal Edinburgh Ticket

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The Royal Edinburgh Ticket is a favourite with our customers. It gains passengers 2 days of sightseeing bus travel on all 4 of Edinburgh's tour bus companies as well as entry into Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyrood House and the Royal Yacht Britannia.
Time to spend here: 2 days   More information

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