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The Royal Mile, Edinburgh

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The Royal Mile is the main thoroughfare in Edinburgh's Old Town. Actually a bit longer than 1 mi (1.6 km), this succession of multiple streets spills downhill from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Stroll past stately Victorian buildings that now house restaurants, pubs, and shops, and stop to enjoy a street performance or two. The streets are steep in some places, so you can take a bus tour uphill to the castle and walk back down if you prefer. The Edinburgh Festival, a collection of smaller outdoor arts festivals, takes place throughout August with this area as its nexus. This might be the most exciting, if crowded, time to be on the thoroughfare. Plan to visit The Royal Mile during your Edinburgh vacation using our convenient Edinburgh trip planner .
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  • Do not know how will be at other times of the year, but in August with "Fringe" this mile is filled with life. Fun at every turn. It is recommended to walk through the "close" to find many curious sites. If you eat there, book before.
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  • The Royal Mile is the true centre of this historic and bustling city. It runs down from the castle to Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament. There is an abundance of history associated along its...  more »
  • This is the street that leads to the Castle, lively, full of shops, a café, restaurant, pubs. Do walk
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  • Just take a walk at this famous street, visit some shop and restaurants and enjoy your time. and to walk a lot and the great thing about it there is a couple of free walking tours with a guide in English to show you around and give information about the area and buildings.
  • Loads of fun with a good price and decent special offers
  • It's beautiful road specially in the summer! :)
  • Crowded & touristy, but fun entertainment & great little shops.
  • Length and designation perfectly encapsulated on the street name

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Edinburgh hides a maze of cobbled streets dotted with boutique hotels offering inexpensive rooms and outstanding restaurants. Many of the city's Gothic buildings house chic hotels with easy access to most of the city’s main tourist sites. For a uniquely Scottish experience, consider staying in the famous old town. Despite being in this historical district, many hotels here feature contemporary decor with lots of glass walls and muted color schemes. They’re also known for offering spacious rooms, comfortable beds, and restaurants serving classic European cuisine, with a modern Scottish twist.
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