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Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle has dominated its surroundings with majesty for centuries. Today the castle continues to attract visitors to its rocky perch.Edinburghs Castle rock has been a stronghold for over 3000 years.

Captivating visitors with its ancient buildings and marvellous views, it continues to spellbound with its wonderful story.
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Camera Obscura

The Camera Obscura show is a fascinating and highly amusing way to see the city and learn about its history. This unique experience has delighted and intrigued people for over 150 years. It is a 'must' on any visit to Edinburgh.From inside this mysterious Victorian rooftop chamber, you see live moving images of Edinburgh projected onto a viewing table through a giant periscope. Pick people up on your hands, squash them to a pulp and even make the traffic climb over paper bridges.

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Edinburgh Bus Tours

There are 4 main tours that operate on open top buses within the city centre, they give you good bearings on the citys attractions and whats more the ticket lasts 24hrs and you can hop on and hop off anywhere they stop.

Depending on which tour you take, depends on the sights you will see,The Majestic Tour takes in the three major Royal attractions in Edinburgh:
Royal Yacht Britannia, Royal Botanic Garden and the Palace of Holyrood PalaceMac Tours the city centre in a vintage open top double decker bus, complete with live guide,Our route heads direct to the Palace of Holyroodhouse,

The Scottish Parliament and Our Dynamic Earth before travelling up the Royal Mile past the National Museum of Scotland, Statue of Greyfriars Bobby then up to the Lawnmarket, the stop for Edinburgh castle. We then contniue around the Old Town via the historic Grassmarket, Cowgate and back to the tour departure point at Waverley Bridge.Edinburgh Tours,Complete with live guide that will bring Edinburghs history to life.

The route covers Edinburgh Castle, The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Scottish Parliament, Dynamic Earth.You will also see the Royal Mile, Grassmarket and be guided through the Meadows and University Quarter.The tour starts and finishes on Waverley Bridge.City Sightseeing Tours, This is a mutli language recorded tour when you enter the bus just collect you headphones and tune in to the language you want, now with the special Horrid Histories recorded tour especially for the kids.

City Sightseeing Edinburgh visits both the New and Old Towns, and on the way you can hop-off and on to visit places of interest such as Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum of Scotland, Our Dynamic Earth, the Scottish Parliament and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, as well as many great sights that are seen to best advantage from the top deck of an open-top bus.
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Royal Yacht Britannia @ Ocean Terminal

Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia is the former Royal Yacht of the British royal family, the 83rd such vessel since the restoration of King Charles II in 1660. She is the second Royal yacht to bear the name, the first being the famous racing cutter built for The Prince of Wales in 1893. She is now permanently moored as an exhibition ship at Ocean Terminal, Leith, Edinburgh,

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Holyrood Palace

The palace of Holyrood is the queens official residence in Scotland, The Palace is situated at the end of the Royal Mile, opposite the Volcanic rock formation better known as Arthurs Seat.Hollyrood house is probably best know for the turbulent past of Scottish monarch Mary Queens of Scots.

Mary Queen of Scots the Dauphin of France at 15 and became a widow at 19.She returned to Scotland and was crowned at Holyrood Palace as the Queen of Scots.The Famous historic events unfolded within the walls of Holyrood including the stabbing of her Italian secretary David Rizzio.

The apartments of Mary Queen of Scots at Holyrood including the spot where Rizzio was stabbed 57 times are open to visitors.Just some of the sights that you can see if you are thinking of visiting the palace, Mary Queen Of Scots Bedchamber, The Queens Gallery and much more.

Please note that when the Royal family visit the palace usually around June-July that the palace is closed to visitors but is open the rest of the year.For more information please
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Scottish Mining Museum

Located at GorebridgeThe Scottish Mining Museum, is a 5 Star visitor attraction which provides a great day out for all ages! This is one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian colliery in Europe, the Lady Victoria Colliery at Newtongrange, just nine miles from Edinburgh. Visitors to the museum will marvel at the sheer size of the place, be astounded by the engineering brilliance behind all the machinery and retrace the footsteps and struggles of the thousands of miners and their families before them.

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Royal Botanical Gardens

Just less than a mile from Edinburgh City Centre, you will find the tranquillity of the Botanical gardens. The gardens comprise of 70 acres of stunning scenery, excellent at anytime of the year but if you wanted a little peace and quiet and it was a nice day where better to spend the day!
With some specialist gardens such as the Chinese gardens, and the Queens Mothers Memorial Garden.

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Murrayfield

Murrayfield stadium is situated on the west side of Edinburgh and is around 2.5 miles from the city centre.Murrayfield is the largest sports stadium in Scotland and one the biggest in the United Kingdom.This stadium is the home of Scottish Rugby Union, although this is first and foremost a rugby stadium but has held other events such as American football, music gigs such as Oasis, and the other memorable concert was the final push as part of Live 8.

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The Scott Monument

Princes Street Gardens - Cant miss it really!

The Scott Monument was built to commemorate Sir Walter Scott, one of Scotland's greatest novelists.Scotts novels include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, The Heart of Midlothian and Waverley.The Monument is 200 feet and 6 inches (61.1metres) high, with 287 steps to the top.The climb through the internal stairways is in four stages, with 360 degreegalleries on each level.The galleries provide unrivalled panoramic views of Edinburghs historic Old and New Towns.Level one is home to the Museum room where you can sit and discover more about Sir Walter Scott and the architecture of the Monument.

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Writers Museum

Excellent Free attraction!

Located within the 17th century Lady Stairs' House, The Writers' Museum is dedicated to the lives and work of Scotland's great literary figures.Particularly attention is given to Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.The rich collection of manuscripts, first editions and portraits is complemented by a series of personal exhibits including; Burns' writing desk, Scott's chessboard and dining table and the Ballantyne Press on which Scott's Waverley novels were originally published

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Dynamic Earth

Based at the end of the royal mile opposite from the Holyrood Palace.Our dynamic earth takes you on a journey from the beginning of time, theory of the Big Bang. Through the Earths different stages ie Jurassic etc. To the Earth present and to the future for planet Earth.

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Edinburgh Zoo

Based On Corsorphine Road a few miles from the city centre,The Zoo is easy accessible via the local buses from the city centre.Home to many animals, the main famous things with the Edinburgh Zoo is the penguin parade this usually begins at 1pm feeding time.The other is the Bungondo Trail, giving you the opportunity to see many different types of primates!

But there is loads more, the Zoo is very hilly so best to wear good footwear!

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Calton Hill

Edinburgh used to be nicknamed 'Athens of the North', and it was decided to make that reference more literal by building a replica of the Parthenon, to commemorate the fallen of the Napoleonic Wars.

Work started in 1826 and ground to a halt three years later when the money ran out, leaving the unfinished monument that's there today.It's said that witches of old would dance nightly upon Calton Hill, with a fairy boy from Leith as their drummer, and modern witches and pagans still do, once a year on Beltane.

It was also home to Calton Jail. Calton Jail was built when it was decided the old Tolbooth was obstructing the Royal Mile.

After the last public hanging it was decided that in future, hangings would happen behind closed doors, with a black flag raised outside once the death had taken place.At least eight murderers are buried in unmarked graves on Calton Hill.

Originally this would have been within the grounds of the jail itself, their initials and the date of execution carved into the wall - but when the jail was knocked down the stones were removed and no doubt used as part of some other building in Edinburgh.

National Museum of Scotland

Plenty to see and do here, please also see their website for information regarding the museum of flight which is based outside of Edinburgh but still a good day out!Based on Chambers Street just near Grey Friars Bobby Statue, a building that is a landmark of Edinburgh in its own right!Includes key exhibits from all over Scotland and beyond: Viking brooches, Pictish stones, ancient chessmen, medieval oak carvings and ornate quaichs.The unusual, the weird and the wonderful all under one roof.Children and big kids can try out the Discovery Zones: Roman soldier or Viking trader who will you be today?

Or you can connect with Dolly the sheep, design a robot, test drive a Formula One car, power up a generator or blast off into outer space, drive Sir Jackie Stewarts Formula 1 Car.

Best of all admission is free!!!!

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