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Updated by Nancy Ahuja on Jul 25, 2017
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5 Places To Visit In Historic Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland has very much to offer for being a green, sacred city of the United Kingdom. Here are five places to visit that are breathtaking as they are prestigious, and surprisingly cheap or free to visit.


1. Royal Mile

1. Royal Mile

Travel from the Edinburough Airport to city centre, and you won’t be far off from the Royal Mile. This street is one of Scotland’s most famous, connecting Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. You can spend an entire day or two on the Royal Mile alone, which is full of attractions, shops, and restaurants.

Two of the most notable attractions are the Scotch Whiskey Experience and the Camera Obscura. The Royal Mile is extremely crowded at all times, so brace for a lot of walking and sight seeing on your way to shops and attractions.


2. Palace of Holyroodhouse

If you are a fan of visiting castles, you should visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse. This palace is the queen’s official Scottish residence, and other famous kings and nobles including King George V have lived here too. Visitors are welcome to tour the palace’s hallowed halls, as long as it isn’t Holyrood Week at the end of June, in which the palace is closed to the public for the queen.

Other areas of the palace of Holyroodhouse include Mary, Queen of Scots’ Chambers, the Morning Drawing Room, and the Throne Room. The Great Gallery features portraits of all of Scotland’s kings of the past.


3. Royal Botanic Garden

Half a mile from the Royal Mile lays the Royal Botanic Garden. A mostly quiet and beautiful garden, this location spans 70 acres and offers a vast haven of greenery that easily separates itself from the rest of Edinburgh.

This garden features over 3000 plants that have originated from around the world, grown in 10 glasshouses and varying climates to accommodate each. This garden is known to have the world’s most diverse collection of Rhododendron flowers. The garden is always open and various plants are in bloom no matter what time of year it is, so be sure to bring a camera with plenty of memory and battery life available.


4. National Museum of Scotland

For an abundant dose of Scottish history, turn to the National Museum of Scotland, of course. If you go from Edinburough Airport to city centre, you will find this storied museum in the middle. This museum is home to over 20000 artifacts that is classified in several different galleries. You will find many exhibits that resonate towards art, nature, culture, history, and archeology. This is a great place to take your whole family.

The average patron spends over 2 hours at this museum, so you can either look at only the exhibits you want, or spend all day to see everything inside.


5. Royal Yacht Britannia

While not serving as a cruise or resort, this water vessel is a fantastic travel back in time. This yacht is where royalty goes to honeymoon, including Princess Diana and Prince Charles, and the Duke and Duchess of York. Other notable world leaders that this yacht once lodged include Ronald Reagan and Nelson Mandela.

Not only is the yacht full of prestige, but of experienced travelling as well, as the yacht has taken royal families to 135 different countries, and recorded more than a million nautical miles. Tourists can go inside nearly every room in the yacht, and also enjoy tea in the Royal Deck Tea Room.

All of this and so much more wait in the city of Edinburgh, so be sure to plan your trip at your earliest convenience.