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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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  • Road feature to walk walk absolutely!!! With its numerous pubs and supermarkets and many shops
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  • We took a walking tour of the Royal Mile. The tour was very interesting. We found out a lot of little know facts that you would know just by visiting. We went to the Elephant Place Restaurant the Birt...  more »
  • The Royal Mile is an ancient & beautiful street from the Edinburgh Castle to the Holyrood Palace, it has St. Giles Church, a gorgeous Gothic church right in the middle. Yes, there are a ton of tourist...  more »
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