5 MUST SEES IN EDINBURGH
Recently voted the top UK Heritage Attraction in the British Travel awards, Edinburgh Castle is Scotland’s number one paid for tourist attraction. The oldest part of the castle dates back to the 12th century and has expanded over the years. The castle is home to the Honours – Crown Jewels – of Scotland, as well as Scotland’s National War Museum.
Scotland’s most famous street, connecting Edinburgh castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, based in Edinburgh’s Old Town. The mile is overlooked by beautiful buildings each side, and Arthur’s Seat in the distance, and built between cobbled streets and winding stairways. The royal Mile leads into Grassmarket, once a site for public executions, now a bussling area filled with restaurants, bars and shops.
Set right in the city centre, you will find the unmistakable Athenian acropolis perched at the top. What many people don’t realise is that this acropolis is actually unfinished, it was supposed to be a replica of the Parthenon in Athens and a memorial to the Scottish people who lost their lives fighting Napoleon. Climbing this hill will give you epic views of the city, straight down Princes Street and across to Edinburgh Castle.
The Edinburgh Dungeon is a thrilling live museum, hosting a cast of theatrical actors, special effects, scenes and rides in a unique walk through experience.
Once a village built around the milling of water, the remnants of his industry can still be found here today. Just a five minute walk from central Edinburgh, the Dean Village is a tranquil oasis set apart from the hustle and bustle.