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Things to do in Edinburgh

Updated on September 1, 2014

Edinburgh is a City full of history and many great attractions to visit, including The Royal Mile with Edinburgh Castle at the top and The Palace of Holyroodhouse at the bottom and many other attractions along the way.

There is also lots to see and do along the main street of the City Center with Princes Street Gardens which is home to The Scott Monument.

Further out there is Edinburgh Zoo were you can see lots of different animals.

Edinburgh Old Town: Holyrood

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Palace of Holyrood:
Palace of Holyrood, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH8 8DX, UK

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Scottish Parliament:
Scottish Parliament Building, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH99 1SP, UK

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Our Dynamic Earth:
Our Dynamic Earth, 112-116 Holyrood Gait, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH8 8AS, UK

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Arthur's Seat:
Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH8, UK

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St. Margaret's Loch:
St Margaret's Loch, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH8, UK

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Holyrood

This area of the Old Town is home to a mix of old and new buildings and is a great part of the city to spend a full day exploring.

Sat at the bottom of the Royal Mile This area is home to the Scottish Parliament, The Palace of Holyrood and Our Dynamic Earth all of which I will be exploring with you.

Holyrood Park

The Park

The park is like a miniature Scotland with Lochs, Glens and Mountains within a 650 acre area. It is a public accessible area that is great for walkers and climbers (free permit required) alike.

Arthur's Seat

This is the main peak of the hills in the park. It is the largest part of the Arthur's Seat Volcano, an extinct Volcano that was eroded by a glacier.

The Palace of Holyrood

Sat in the Surroundings of Holyrood Park, this is the site of the British Monarch's Official Scottish Residence.

One of the first buildings on the site was an Abbey that was built in the 1100's. It's ruins can still be seen and explored in the Palace grounds.

The Palace itself dates from the 16th and 17th Centuries.

Parts of it are open to the public most of the year. However at the start of summer there is no admittance as the Queen is in residence.

Opening times


November - March
09:30-16:30
(last admission 15:15)

April - October
09:30-18:00
(last admission 16:30)

A typical visit lasts between 1 and 1½ hours.


Please be aware that the Palace will be closed to the public from 24th June to 5th July 2014 and again from 18th to 24th July 2014

Admission Prices

There are different options when it comes to what you want to see, however I would recommend paying for the lot. At £19.75 for adults it is well worth it.

Edinburgh Old Town: The Royal Mile and Castle Hill

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Royal Mile, Edinburgh:
The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, UK

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The Real Mary Kings Colse:
The Real Mary King's Close, 2, Warriston's Close, High Street, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH1 1PG,

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Camera Obscura, Edinburgh:
Camera Obscura & World of Illusions, 549 Castlehill, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH1 2ND, UK

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The Royal Mile

The Royal Mile is full of old shops and attractions for you to explore. It runs from Holyrood up to the Castle.

Castle Hill

Situated at the top of the Royal Mile, it is the location of Edinburgh Castle.

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