Attractions in Edinburgh City; Checkout the Prime List of Attraction in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is located in the south-east of Scotland on the Forth Estuary, Edinburgh is the second city in the country after Glasgow and, as a cultural and political capital, has a lot to offer travelers.

  1. Although there are many attractions in the city, it is Edinburgh Castle that dominates the city skyline. Located at the top of Castle Rock, it overlooks the city below (including Edinburgh hostels). Its buildings include the 12th-century Sainte-Marguerite Chapel – the oldest surviving structure in Edinburgh.
  2. A short stroll from the castle is the Palace and Abbey of Holyrood. The palace was once a royal residence and the home of Mary Queen of Scotland, while the abbey was an important Augustinian monastery, although it is now in ruins.
  3. Halfway between the castle and Holyrood Abbey is St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh’s historic high Kirk which dominates the skyline of the Royal Mile despite its relatively bland “ restoration ” in 1872.
  4. Right in front of St Giles Cathedral, visitors can get a glimpse of the city’s historic life at Mary King’s Close. This intriguing – and unusual – attraction is made up of real streets that have been preserved under the modern city since it closed in the 18th century.
  5. Then there is the Sir Walter Scott monument which was built in 1846 to commemorate the life of the writer “Ivanhoe” after his death. The monument’s 200-foot Gothic spire can be climbed for a fantastic view over the city center.
  6. At the top of the Royal Mile, travelers to Gladstone’s Land can enjoy another glimpse of Edinburgh’s past. A 17th-century old town building, it has been decorated with period furniture to resemble a typical townhouse, although the painted ceiling is particularly impressive.
  7. Still, in the old town, Greyfriars Kirkyard is at the southwest corner of the George IV Bridge. This very old cemetery was more popular than expected, thanks to a Disney film that commemorated the local legend of “Greyfriars Bobby”.
  8. Another attractive (and lesser-known) sight in town is the Camera Obscura show atop the Royal Mile. It concentrates the light from the top of the tower on a large dish in a dark room below, allowing a 360-degree view of the whole city.
  9. Visitors to Edinburgh may also be interested in the new Scottish Parliament building, which was uniquely designed by Spanish architect Enric Miralles and has caused a lot of controversy from the start over their choice of location and design.
  10. Finally, a trip to Edinburgh would not be complete without a trip to the pub! In the Grassmarket, the little Black Hart Inn pub dates back to 1516 and serves the usual mix of lager, beer, and spirits with great live music every night. On weeknights, musicians tend to play traditional Scottish ballads, although there are more modern acoustic blankets on weekends – overall, the perfect place for a drink after a long day of sightseeing before returning to your hostels in Edinburgh.
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