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Experience the Rich History of Edinburgh

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Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, has many fun and intriguing attractions for people on a holiday break be it visiting the city for weekend or spending a few days exploring it fully there is something for everyone here.

This captivating city has a rich history, and many hundreds of thousands of people flock here every year to experience what it has to offer. There are activities suited for both young and old, alike, and below are some of the most popular historical activities in Edinburgh.

One of the most popular and intriguing attractions in Edinburgh is the magnificent Edinburgh Castle. Both young and old will delight in visiting this fabulous fortress. The castle sits splendidly atop a cliff, and it offers many interesting things to explore.

The best way to visit Edinburgh Castle is through a tour, as guides can describe all of the history associated with the castle. Some highlights that people will not want to miss, while visiting the castle, include King David's Tower and the Royal Palace, where people will have the opportunity to see the ancient Scottish crown jewels.

Another terrific place to visit, is the Edinburgh Dungeons. While this attraction is not recommended for very young children, it is great for teenagers and adults. For people, who love scary adventures, they will not be disappointed with the Edinburgh Dungeons.

Each part of the dungeons has actors, dressed in old-fashioned costumes, displaying some of the ancient torture tools of days gone past. Visitors will also learn all about Sawney Bean's clan of cannibals whom captured and killed hundreds of travelers in the 16th century.

Our Dynamic Earth is an unusual exhibit, located just below the Royal Mile and a short distance from Holyrood Palace. This attraction takes visitors from prehistoric to modern-day times, by way of an exciting time machine. People can experience the Big Bang and watch the amazing formation of stars, galaxies and even the Earth.

Kids will enjoy Dynamic Earth's "active" volcano, which even smells of sulphur, just like the real thing. There are even fascinating, 3-D movies that allow visitors to experience the many different environments of the Earth. This is a great place for families to go, as kids will absolutely love it.

Finally, no trip to Edinburgh would be complete without a good nosy around the Old Town. While in the Old Town, check out the many underground vaults that were once used as storage and living quarters.

There are many exciting tours that will allow visitors to explore such parts as Mary King's Close, where hundreds of people died from the bubonic plague in the 17th century. Other interesting spots in Old Town include the Grassmarket and the Cowgate, where people were once executed in days gone past.

There are many more historical attractions in Edinburgh, and these are just a few of the most popular so why not come to Edinburgh and spend a weekend in Scotlands capital.

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