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Why Visit Edinburgh, Scotland

The capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh is one of the prettiest places in the UK. It is a major financial center and the second most populated city in the United Kingdom.

Edinburgh has much to offer travelers. The city's medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings are listed together as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

One of the major attractions in the city to surely visit when on an Edinburgh tour is the exquisite 16th-century Holyrood Palace, standing on the Royal Mile. The building has been the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland for over 5 centuries. Each summer Queen Elizabeth spends a week in the palace. Visitors have a chance to take a look at the 17th-century former King's apartments, Great Gallery, and the 16th-century apartments which are open to the public.

Another unmissable place to put on your Edinburgh itinerary is the royal Edinburgh Castle. The historic fortress has buildings dating from the 12th to the 21st centuries which have withstood numerous battles and wars. Today several of the buildings hold museums and encompass much of the Scottish Regalia.

Moreover, the city boasts several incredible cathedrals, including the 12th-century St. Giles' Cathedral, also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, the 1602 Greyfriars Kirk, and the 1688 Kirk of the Canongate.

Last but not least, the ultimate best views of Edinburgh can be spotted from Calton Hill, a steep slope home to the St. Andrew's House and the Dugald Stewart Monument.

Best Things to Do in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

  • Visit the Holyrood Palace on the Royal Mile
  • Explore the royal Edinburgh Castle
  • Catch the top city panoramas from Calton Hill
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