By Vicki Grant.
Edinburgh is a city with a unique combination of heritage, colour, culture and breathtaking beauty. The quaint corners and alleyways of the Old Town, the Georgian splendour of the New Town, the cobbled courtyards and old tenements of the Royal Mile, and the dominating presence of the Castle: all different, all unforgettable and all essentially Edinburgh.
As the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh has been a seat of learning and culture since the middle ages. Historic associations with the monarchy include the Palace of Holyroodhouse (the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen in Scotland), and the Royal Yacht Britannia now berthed permanently at Leith – both are open to visitors. Edinburgh is also now home to the Scottish Parliament with its exciting new architecture.
During the day Edinburgh has numerous shopping opportunities from world-famous department stores to small boutiques, all accessible on foot in this compact and safe city. In the evening Edinburgh has all the quality nightlife and entertainment of a modern European City. There are a wide range of restaurants, atmospheric pubs, innovative theatres and lively nightclubs to suit all tastes and pockets.
Whatever your interests, Edinburgh will have something memorable to offer.
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Situated at either end of the Royal Mile, you can start at the top and visit Edinburgh Castle and then stroll down the historic Royal Mile to visit the Queen’s official residence in Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Both are open to the public, pre-booking may be recommended for the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Edinburgh is home to the National Museum of Scotland, National Galleries of Scotland. The National Museum of Scotland, is situated on Chambers street and includes several galleries focused on the story of Scotland from the Prehistoric to modern times. The museums are free of charge for visitors although there may be charges for special exhibitions.
The National Galleries of Scotland are hosted over three Galleries around the city. The Scottish National Gallery, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. The city offers rich and cultural experiences for all art lovers.
There is plenty of choice around the city. Rose Street and the Grassmarket are famous for their pubs and George Street and Frederick Street also offers a range of cocktail bars. The city has a wide range of restaurant options to suit all budgets and tastes.
You don’t need to travel far from Edinburgh city centre to the countryside of the Lothians. Portobello’s pretty beach or the Pentland Hills Regional Park are both within easy reach of the city.
In the city centre Holyrood Park spans a five mile radius. You can climb Arthur’s Seat for a fantastic view over the city. The park is also safe for runners.