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Edinburgh Castle dominating the City, dating from the 12th Century. Stunning views are to be had from its ramparts over the roofs of the Old Town, across to Princes Street and the New Town, further to the hills of the Lothian countryside and the Firth of Forth. Home of the Honours of Scotland- the Scottish Crown Jewels. Leading down from the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle is the Royal Mile, dating from the 16th Century, all the way to the Palace of Holyrood House, a Royal Palace.
The city offers lots of places to stay, from Edinburgh hotels, to bed and breakfast and guest house accommodation. From short and romantic breaks, to weekend breaks in Edinburgh.
The Royal Mile. Leading down from the Castle Esplanade is Castlehill and the start of the Royal Mile. Tourist Attractions such as the Camera Obscura, the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre and souvenir shops by the dozen. Contining down the Royal Mile you reach Parliament Square and the High Kirk of St Giles , and the City Chambers, temporary home of the Scottish Parliament. Before reaching Canongate and eventually the Palace of Holyroodhouse, with its beautiful park.
The dramatic architecture of the Old Town , alleyways, imposing tenements 12 storeys high ,a delightful maze of narrow streets and wyndes (winding lanes) contrasts with the order and splendour of the New town .
Greyfriars Bobby The small bronze statue of Greyfriars Bobby can be found in Candlemakers Row, immediately adjacent to Greyfriars Kirkyard. Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye terrier who, upon the death of his master John Gray in 1858, stood guard over his Masters Grave for over 14 years. The loyalty of the little dog attracted such deep public sentiment, both then (and to this day) that a bronze statue was sculpted .
The Edinburgh Festival and the Fringe Is in fact several festivals, the International Festival, the Military Tattoo, held on the Castle Esplanade, and the Fringe Festival, as well as Jazz and Film Festivals too. Attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the City every September.
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Edinburgh Tourist Information with pictures