What to do in Edinburgh

Edinburgh´s castleEdinburgh Castle: built on an extinct volcano, this imposing castle is best known curiosity of Edinburgh. During the eleventh century was a royal residence, was later a military barracks until 1923. When we visited discover or understand a fascinating history. The entrance is a paved esplanade eighteenth century, is now held every year on military parade every day at 13 hours sounds the barrel "One O'clock Gun" to shoot his load since 1861. Inside there are several museums and exhibitions, a cannon of the fifteenth century and a reminder to those killed in action of the two great wars.
Recent archaeological finds show traces of ancient stone structure of the Bronze Age was built on the castle. From the castle well, you get an incredible panoramic view across the city and the estuary. (Open in summer from 9.30am to 18pm every day and in winter from 9.30 to 17h, closed only on 25 and 26 December. There is a shuttle service for people who can not climb on their own. The Admission includes guided tours, audio guides in 8 languages, and special tours are organized for children. Entry £ 12).

Holyroodhouse: Queen's official residence when in Scotland, dating from 1128 and was a former monastery. (Open, when the queen is not in summer from 9.30 to 18pm in winter from 9.30 to 16.30h. Entry £ 9.80 adults, £ 8.80 students, children under 17 years £ 5.80).

Old Town (old quarter) your spine is the Royale Mile and is the hub connecting Edinburgh Castle with the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

St. Giles Cathedral on the same Royale Mile, has no bearing towering European cathedrals, but from the year 854, was remodeled in 1120, later in 1829, the tower was completed in 1500. In the parish annexed performed the funeral of prominent people of the city. This church was the birthplace of the Protestant Reformation in Scotland, led by John Knox. (Open in summer from 9 to 19h and winter from 9 to 17h. Admission is free but a donation is welcome).
Close by is the Parliament House which now houses the Palace of Justice and which is annexed the Library Association, XVII century building and the National Library of Scotland, one of the largest in the UK, a little further Royal Museum of Scotland and to the right the National Museum of Scotland.
A few meters from the cathedral, also in the heart of Old Town, is the Museum of Edinburgh, made up of several buildings built in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and many still call Huntly House. This museum has many objects belonging to the city's history, from antiquity to the present. (Open all year Monday to Saturday from 10 to 17h and during the month of August, on Sundays 12 to 17h. Free admission).
The Writer's Museum (Museum of the writers) is housed in a building that also has its history, the "Lady Stair's House" is a palace built in 1622, which was acquired in 1719 by Lady Stair and dedicated to serving as a permanent tribute to the iconic writers of Edinburgh, Robert Burns, Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson (Open Monday to Saturday from 10 to 17h and Sundays from August 12 to 17h. Free admission).
Nearby, a few steps, is the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, a place dedicated to optical illusions, a visit that adults enjoy (Open in winter from 9.30 to 17h every day in summer to 19.30 . Entry adults £ 9.25, children 5 to 15 years £ 6.25, students and over 65 years £ 7.25). Scottish Whisky Heritage Centre (center of the heritage of Scotch whiskey) located near the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle, in this place we can see the different stages of development of the world-famous drink and ... if we adults can taste it ( Open in winter from 10 to 18h in summer from 9.30 to 18.30. Check with tasting-children, a soft drink £ 11.50).

At the opposite end of the old city is the Dynamic Earth, Holyrood area (Palace, park and parliament), is a complex dedicated to Earth from the Big Bang to the ocean depths, from dinosaurs to the dawn Lights, 3D and 4D shows, participatory activities, etc. an absolutely innovative and revolutionary proposal also appreciate the adults (Open in winter from Wednesday to Sunday from 10 to 17h in summer every day. Entry adults £ 10.45, under 16 £ 6.55 and students £ 8, 25).
But the most surprising Edinburgh is offering guided tours of the Real Mary King's Close, or alley of Mary King, a street underground, a labyrinth of secret passages, buried for centuries, where many people lived, worked and died really. We discover this incredible forgotten street with its houses, rooms, workshops, all themed period ... and its ghosts, the most famous Annie, a girl who takes people that are then donated toys (The visit is guided and costs £ 11 for adults and £ 6 for children between 5 and 15 years, no children under 5 years). Visit oc24hours.com to find out more regarding electricians
We also find in this city (perhaps only for fans) the bar, where the author JK Rowling Harry Potter began writing the series, is the elephan House, 21 George IV Bridge.

The City of Edinburgh offers several guided tours are a chance to tour the city quickly and comfortably and according to our tastes or interests:
The Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour takes us through the Edinburgh of its literature and its writers (remember that Edinburgh was recognized as a UNESCO City of Literature).
The Old Town tour takes us through the history of the city.
The Real Mary King's Close takes us on a journey unknown.

Other tours take us to the world of royalty, castles and museums.

Perhaps not, as their prices (Scotland is expensive as all the UK!) Accessible to all, let alone if you travel with children, but if our trip to Edinburgh is a few days break we must consider whether these tours instead of an expense not an investment. The city also offers different "ticket" that include tickets to museums and attractions combined with a free pass to public transportation.

Edinburgh offers other attractions in the surrounding area:

Calton Hill: east of New Town is this hill that has several monuments and ruins. From the same, rising to 98 meters above the city, has a beautiful view of Edinburgh.
Royal Yacht Britannia: it was the yacht of the royal family for over forty years, today is a museum you can visit. Located in the port of Leith. (Open daily in summer from 9.30 to 16.30h in winter from 10 to 16h. Entry adults £ 10.50, children 5 to 17 years £ 6.75, over 60 years £ 9 and under 5 free. Buses 1, 11, 22.34 and 35 us closer).
Rosslyn Chapel: Km.de Edinburgh only 11, this chapel is mentioned in the famous book "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown. Whenever I am part of the compendium of myths and legends of Scotland, was built in 1446 and it's amazing inside as much as its exterior. (Rosslyn, bus 15 from the center of Edinburgh. Open in summer from Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 18pm and Sunday 12 to 4:45 p.m., in winter from 9.30 to 17h and Sundays at the same time. Entry £ 7.50 for over 16 years, children free).

Edinburgh, like all major capital also has numerous parks, botanical gardens and zoological museums and of course many more but less relevant.


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