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  • 1 Royal Palace

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Castle Rock GB - Edinburgh

    This section of the castle dates from the 15C and houses the royal apartments. The interior was remodelled in 1617 for James VI and I. While Queen Mary's room certainly merits a look, the Crown Room on the first floor is exceptional. Note the crown e..

  • 2 Palace of Holyroodhouse

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Canongate GB - Edinburgh EH8 8DX

    A theatre for dramatic events, Holyroodhouse (15 -17C.) was originally a guest house responsible to the Abbey. The Stuart kings converted it into a royal residence and Charles II commissioned William Bruce to design a new layout. The Castle became a ..

  • 3 Abbey of Holyroodhouse

    Religious buildings

    Canongate GB - Edinburgh EH8 8DX

    The Holy Rood monastery (Saint Crucifix) was founded here in 1128 by King David the 1st shortly after the monarch had survived an attack from an enraged stag while hunting in the forest. The roof-less knave is all that remains of these formerly grand..

  • 4 Holyrood Park

    Nature and gardens

    Holyrood Park GB - Edinburgh

    Holyrood Park is the largest green space in the town. The park is dominated by Arthur's Seat (251m) and the Salisbury Crags, two specimens of volcanic provenance. Within the park, the path departing from the car-park on Queen's Road leads to Arthur's..

  • 5 The Scotch Whisky Experience

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    354 Castlehill. Royal Mile GB - Edinburgh EH1 2NE

    Here you will find out anything and everything you have always wanted to know about whisky, from the production of the peat to the final bottling and maturation processes.

  • 6 The Hub

    Religious buildings

    Castlehill GB - Edinburgh EH1 2NE

    A large spire crowns the old Highland Tollbooth, which was built in the 19C by James Gillespie Graham and Augustin Pugin. It was renovated with much imagination and is now the Edinburgh Festival Centre.

  • 7 Lady Stair's House - Writer's Museum

    Museums and art

    Lady Stair's House Close Lawnmarket GB - Edinburgh EH1 2PA

    Build in 1622, this house belongs to the Writer's museum, which displays manuscripts and memorabilia of the three greatest ever Scottish writers, Robert Burns (1759-1796), Walter Scott (1771-1832) et Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894).

  • 8 Parliament House

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    2 Parliament Square GB - Edinburgh EH1 1RQ

    The Parliament was built in the 17C upon orders from Charles I and hosted the Scottish Parliament between 1639 and 1707. An imposing Georgian façade was added in the 18C, then another in 1803 (Robert Adam's plans and completed by George Reid). It has..

  • 9 Anchor Close

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. High GB - Edinburgh

    It was here between 1768 and 1771, that the first edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica was printed, which is to this day still has the Scottish thistle emblem printed on the cover.

  • 10 Tron Kirk

    Religious buildings

    122 High Street Royal Mile GB - Edinburgh EH1 1RU

    Formerly the traditional place for a get together to celebrate Saint-Sylvester's day, this church whose spire was replaced in the 19th C. was built by John Mylne, before the Parliament building. Its name from the word «tron», which used to mean the s..

  • 11 Museum of Childhood

    Museums and art

    42 st. High GB - Edinburgh EH1 1TG

    This museum which is unique in its coverage of childhood. Here children can discover lots of new play-things, whilst parents will recall their childhood toys, fancy-dress clothes, books, dolls and games, etc.

  • 12 John Knox House

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    43-45 st. High GB - Edinburgh EH1 1SR

    This interesting 15C hotel may have belonged to John Knox the founder of the Presbyterian religion and reflects the religion throughout: it has an interesting painted ceiling (1600) in the main room on the second floor.

  • 13 Canongate

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Canongate GB - Edinburgh

    Canongate (gate or passage used by the canons) was formerly an independent town, where noblemen, ambassadors and royal officers took up residence, close to the royal palace of Holyrood house.

  • 14 Canongate Church

    Religious buildings

    3 Reid’s Court GB - Edinburgh EH8 8BR

    A 17C church responsible to the Holyroodhouse Royal Palace, here you can distinguish the Royal pews from the pews of the officers of the Royal House by their coat-of-arms. The cemetery has several funerary monuments of important men, such as that of ..

  • 15 Museum of Edinburgh - Huntly House

    Museums and art

    142 Canongate, Royal Mile GB - Edinburgh EH8 8DD

    These three particular 16C hotels house the main local history museum of the region. The museum's silver collection (halls 9-10) has the original parchment of the National Covenant on display.

  • 16 Our Dynamic Earth

    Museums and art

    rd. Holyrood GB - Edinburgh EH8 8AS

    A stunning building with a roof like a marquee, spiked with flagpoles which was designed by Michael Hopkins (1999). Inside, you will discover the history and beauty of the planet through a host of sophisticated technologies and videos.

  • 17 Scottish Parliament

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Canongate GB - Edinburgh EH99 1SP

    The new Scottish Parliament building is due to be inaugurated in 2001. The design is credited to the Catalonian architect Enric Mirales. The building is formed of groups of small buildings that form a scallop shell shapes, linked together by glass co..

  • 18 Grassmarket

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grassmarket GB - Edinburgh

    A space enclosed with a fence marks the site of the gallows from which Porteus was hanged in 1736. Some hundred Covenenters were also executed here in the 17C. West Port on the southwest corner is the western approach to the town. Nowadays, many rest..

  • 19 Cowgate

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Cowgate GB - Edinburgh

    Situated beyond the confines of the walled town, Cowgate was first a route used to walk cows along and then, in the 16C a beautiful street forming part of a very elegant area. For a long time it was a simple abandoned track crossing under the George ..

  • 20 Greyfriars Church and Churchyard

    Religious buildings

    Greyfriars GB - Edinburgh EH1 2QQ

    The National Covenant was signed (1638) in this 17C Church, of which there is a copy inside. Its cemetery, the oldest in Edinburgh, is famous for its Statue of Greyfriars Bobby, the faithful dog which guarded the tomb of his master for 14years

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