Why visit Edinburgh?
Royal fans must tour Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Learn about how the house is used by the Royal Family, such as the Throne Room which is often where receptions are held during official visits to Scotland. You can also view the location where Mary Queen of Scots Private Secretary David Rizzio was murdered by Lord Darnley. A tour of The Royal Yacht Britannia is also a must. Decommissioned in 1997 it was a floating palace for The Queen and her family and you will learn about life at sea during your tour. Saunter through the Royal bedrooms, and learn about official etiquette in the State Dining Room. Don’t forget to have Afternoon Tea in the Royal Deck Tea Room.
When should I visit?
Edinburgh is an all-year round destination, but to enjoy the celebrations which really mark the city, visiting in December is a good choice. Edinburgh's Christmas opens on Princes Street with a Christmas Market and a fair-ground brings fun for all the family. Hogmonay sees the city bursting with celebration and is a perfect way to see in the New Year. If this interests you, make sure you book ahead as hotel prices can be expensive even if you are booking in early July for December!
Edinburgh Christmas is a major event for the city
A weekend break would never cover everything! Climb Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano, for fab views of the surrounding area. Visit Edinburgh Castle and watch the gun be fired at 1 pm daily, barring Sundays, Good Friday and Christmas Day, and take-in The Great Hall, one of Scotland’s finest treasures. Go down below and see the mysterious Real Mary King’s Close, a series of streets blocked off from the city after the great plague of 1645 infected up to 300 residents cutting them off from society who subsequently died isolated in their own homes. Tour one of the best art collections in the world at Scottish National Gallery and snap the Scottish Parliament Building with its contemporary architecture. Wander The Royal Mile, the street which connects the Castle to the Palace, and have a wee dram on the way. Families with young children will love Our Dynamic Earth, a fabulous interactive attraction which charts the physical history of Plasnet Earth, all the way from the big bang!!!!
Cullen Skink, a creamy fish soup. And, whilst it is on offer in most bars and restaurants, a trip to the World’s End pub on The Royal Mile is a must. With its beginnings dating back to the 16th Century, you can enjoy this Scottish delicacy in a Scottish relic.
How do I get there?
British Airways flies daily from London Gatwick South and London Heathrow Terminal 5; British Airways Cityflyer operates daily services from London City; EasyJet flies fom London Gatwick, London Southend, London Luton and Manchester; Ryanair operates services from London Stansted. Flight time is around an hour.
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