Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and is renowned for a number of things including vibrant nightlife, Scottish warriors, Scotch whisky, and captivating castles. The cobbled streets of Old Town and the ancient ruins are a couple of the reasons that this fast-paced city boasts a unique charm. Thousands of tourists travel to this city for the world’s largest arts festival, the Fringe Festival, every year. This particular festival is usually hosted in the month of August and features numerous concerts, operas, plays, workshops, and dance performances. But there is so much more to this historical city than just its arts festival.
If you love clicking pictures, this will be your dreamland with its breathtaking vistas and picturesque sceneries. There’s no other place in Scotland that allows you to soak up the Scottish culture quite like Edinburgh. Whether you are an art connoisseur, a history buff, or love being outdoors, this spectacular city has something on offer for every tourist. If you are a shopaholic, you will be in for a treat because this city is home to numerous independent shops and boutiques. Do keep an eye out while wandering around because sometimes the most unexpected places will have exactly what you are looking for.
Edinburgh is a very compact city, which means that it is very easy for you to get around. The best way to explore the secret gardens, hidden courtyards, beautiful architectural designs, and magnificent views of Edinburgh, is when you are on foot. When it comes to sightseeing, there are an abundant number of attractions that can be visited. If you are seeking to discover the secret as to why this city attracts so many tourists, then visiting specific attractions becomes mandatory during your holiday in Edinburgh. Here are a few that should definitely be on your list:
Edinburgh Castle is one of United Kingdom’s most visited attractions as well as the most famous landmark in Scotland. If you want to understand the history of Scotland, then you must visit this castle that dates back to the 12th Century, on your holiday in Edinburgh. It proudly stands on top of an inactive volcano, the Castle Rock, and looks over the entire city, as if standing guard over it. You can choose to take a guided tour of this castle and spend hours discovering some of its well-kept historical secrets. Some highlights of the castle such as the Crown Jewels, the Scottish National War Memorial, and the Stone of Destiny must be checked out during your tour. You need a ticket that costs around £16.50 to enter this castle.
Stretching between the Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mile is one of the oldest streets in this city. Stroll through this street during your holiday in Edinburgh to view various historic landmarks including St. Giles Cathedral. Located in Old Town, this 1.12 mile-long street is the busiest tourist street here. Attractions such as the Camera Obscura, the Tolbooth, Lady Stair’s Close, and the Outlook Tower are all located at the upper end of this street. On your holiday in Edinburgh, take a walk along the Royal Mile to explore the vintage pubs, historic monuments, and the souvenir shops.
The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh is the second oldest garden in Britain, second only to the Oxford Garden. The 70 acres of this garden are home to the biggest palm house in Britain, a herbarium, a heather garden, exotic orchids in a tropical house, an alpine house, and an arboretum with rare trees from China, North America, and the Himalayas. If you are a nature enthusiast, this is a must-see attraction on your holiday in Edinburgh with its gardens filled with colorful hydrangeas, azaleas, and rhododendrons. Children under 15 can enter this botanical garden for free, while adults have to purchase a ticket for £5.
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