Edinburgh draws visitors back time and again to explore its beauties. It leaps into international prominence during August, when it hosts the largest arts festival in the world (although the fringe festival is now almost as famous and big) and New Year due to its legendary Hogmanay festivities. However whatever time of year you visit you will find much to do and to beguile.
The starting point for most visitors to Edinburgh is the castle. Up on a hill it dominates the city and is a fascinating visit. The audio commentary gives detailed information about the history of the castle and is well worth listening to. After you have completed your tour of the castle wander down the famous Royal Mile to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. This is the official residence of the Queen when she is in Scotland and was once the residence of Mary, Queen of Scots. You can take a tour of the royal apartments.
Those interested in royalty can also visit Britannia. Once the Royal Yacht, it is now on permanent display in the city.
Behind the Palace of Hoyroodhouse is Arthur`s Seat. This hill, which is easy to climb, offers an excellent panoramic view of the city.
After exploring the historic, old party of Edinburgh you might like to turn your attention to the New Town. This is laid out in a grid pattern and has some attractive Georgian buildings. This is also where you will find the main shopping district, including the famous department store, Jenners.
Edinburgh is very well served for food and drink. There are many restaurants where you can sample a wide variety of different cuisines. It is particularly strong on Italian food, due to the large Italian immigrant population.
There are many museums to visit, but one which is particularly worth a visit is the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
As you might expect from a capital city there is a wide choice of places to stay. These range from five star hotels, through to guest houses, B & B`s and hostels. For those with children, apartment hotels make a good choice. These offer several bedrooms and a sitting room, where children can relax and play and where parents can relax in comfort after the children have gone to bed. They are usually centrally located and come with facilities such as a television and Wi-Fi.
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