City of Edinburgh

City of Edinburgh

Scotland's capital city is perhaps the finest place in the UK for urban exploration on foot. The heart of the city, a World Heritage Site, is packed with attractions, fascinating buildings and a remarkable history. The famous castle sits proud on its rock at the top of the Old Town, a warren of medieval streets and alleyways sweeping down to Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament at the foot of the Royal Mile. Here is Holyrood Park, surely one of the most dramatic city parks in the world, with the mini-mountain of Arthur's Seat at its heart.

Edinburgh was the centre of the Scottish Enlightenment and became dubbed 'the Athens of the North'; the legacy of this period lies in the superb Georgian architecture of the New Town and its surrounding districts - the largest concentration of Georgian buildings in the world. Surrounding areas such as Stocksbridge and Dean Village are well worth exploring, as is the revitalised Port of Leith. The Water of Leith walkway reveals a cross-section of the entire city, whilst the suburban hills such as Corstorphine, Blackford and the Braids provide superb skylines looking back into the heart of this remarkable city.


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