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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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  • We spent a few days and we could have spent more. There is so much to see and do; and so many places to eat. Everyone was so friendly. 
    We spent a few days and we could have spent more. There is so much to see and do; and so many places to eat. Everyone was so friendly.  more »
  • A nice and long street filled with Harry Potter Gothic looking buildings, historical sites, souvenir shops, restaurants and street performers. Well worth a visit. 
    A nice and long street filled with Harry Potter Gothic looking buildings, historical sites, souvenir shops, restaurants and street performers. Well worth a visit.  more »
  • There's just so much to see along the royal mile. There are at least a couple of large shopping center areas, big cathedrals, restaurants, pubs, and small shops. You can also see several monuments... 
    There's just so much to see along the royal mile. There are at least a couple of large shopping center areas, big cathedrals, restaurants, pubs, and small shops. You can also see several monuments...  more »
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  • It's cool how you have a guide on your phone and you can browse around the Royal Mile. It was nice to walk and see the history of Scotland. If you're starting at the castle, then it's quite a trek up but when walking down to the Scottish Parliament, it's all down hill. But it obviously is uphill on the way back. But it's nice. And we got the privilege of hearing some bagpipe on the way. :) Its a good place for a small historic walk!
  • As beautiful as ever. Can be chaotic when the weather is warm but the beautiful aesthetics of the buildings and houses around here always worth a visit when you are in Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Castle is a nice stroll from here. In the last few months there have been a lot of outside sitting areas installed on the road which really add to the liveliness of the places.
  • Absolutely magical and stunning street. The buildings really make you go back in time and all the different pubs and shops give a very nice atmosphere to the area. It's also a splendid walk to get to the castle. One of the top things to do in Edinburgh
  • The architecture is amazing, I was blown away by the grandeur of all the buildings in Edinburgh and not least along the Royal Mile. There is something for everyone, lots of shops, restaurants, cafes, entertainment to suit everyone. It's busy and bustling during the day and lit up and magical in the evening. Can be enjoyed at any time of the day! We loved just having a wander around!
  • Stunning architecture lines the streets to Edinburgh Castle. The streets are buzzing with many people and tourists and plenty of souvenir shops, pubs and street performers can be found here. It is a spectacular area to walk through and explore. I would recommend having an umbrella nearby if you plan on exploring the area as there aren’t many roofs covering the streets or walkways.

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