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Attractions in Edinburgh You Must Visit

09.30.2009 · Posted in Home and Garden Articles

Edinburgh is Scotland’s captial city and is packed full of culture and history. Although not the largest city in Scotland there is lots of attractions and different places to visit. Each year thousands of visitors are drawn to the city due to attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum of Scotland, the Royal Mile, and the Royal Botanic Garden.nnThe most famous attraction in the city and its best known landmark is Edinburgh Castle. The castle dominates Edinburgh’s skyline and sits on top of a long extinct volcano. It is one of the most visited historic buildings in the whole of the United Kingdom. Edinburgh Castle is still manned today by a serving regiment of the British Army and inside visitors can find a number of exhibitions showing some of Scotland’s history. Fortifications are believed to have stood on the location since 800 BC.nnLocated close to the city centre is another of Edinburgh’s most popular attractions. The Royal Botanic Garden features a wide variety of plants from around the world. Visitors can explore over 70 acres of the gardens and marvel at the glasshouses showing warmer plant species from around the world.nnJust outside Edinburgh you can view over 1000 rare and beautiful animals in Edinburgh Zoo. The zoo is open throughout the year even including Christmas Day. A regular bus service from the city centre makes it easy for visitors to get there.nnEdinburgh is a city full of history with plenty of museums. Located on the historic Royal Mile is the Museum of Edinburgh which has exhibits on many of Edinburgh’s most famous citizens. Visit the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art which has over 5000 items in its collection or the City Art Centre located on Market Street featuring a wide range of Scottish art from across the centuries.nnIn August Edinburgh literally comes alove as it plays host to a number of festivals the most famous of which is the Edinburgh Festival. It can be hard to find accommodation at this time is difficult so book early to avoid disappointment. At the same time a number of other festivals are on including the Edinburgh Fringe which is full of comedy performances.nnEdinburgh has strong connections to the Royal families of the United Kingdom. Edinburgh Castle has exhibitions on the Scottish Royal family and is also the home of the Scottish Crown Jewels. The Palace of Holyrood which is located on the Royal Mile is also well worth a visit and is the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen in Scotland.

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