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Royal Mile

Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PB, Scotland (Castle / Royal Mile / High St)
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Ranked #21 of 209 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Traveler Description: Edinburgh 's Royal Mile is one of the most famous streets in the world and a must see for all visitors to Edinburgh .  It is in the Old Town, the... more »
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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Some lovely shops here, but,shop around as many are selling the same things but prices were very different from one to another.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

The royal mile is a great central place for attractions such as, the castle, Holyrood, the museum of Childhood, The Camera Obscura, The Whiskey place, Mary Kings Close, Ghost tours and much more. There are good souvenir shops and an abundance of bars and restaurants.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

The royal mile runs from the castle to the palace along a number of connecting roads. We parked in a NCP on King Stables rd which was very convenient but expensive - £17 for 5 hours. The mile itself is impressive looking but full of very similar shops selling tartan clothes etc which were not worth visiting - one is... More

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Katy, Texas
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24 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

I've spend some time going up and down the royal mile in Edinburgh. Its not geographically central to the city but almost all of the major attractions and restaurants are near it. I would recommend to wear comfortable walking shoes as its a steep climb from the bottom all the way to the top near the Edinburgh Castle. Towards the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

I don't know what I expected but I think the Royal Mile is highly overrated. There are a few good photo opportunities but other than that it's just a cobbled street full of souvenir shops, shops selling tartan and restaurants. Nothing very special or quirky about it.

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Blythewood, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Nice place to take in sites, people, pubs and street shows. Entertaining to see and hear traditional Scotsman in kilts with bagpipes.

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

No trip to Edinburgh is complete without walking the Royal Mile. In the heart of the city, a lot of the cities main attractions can be found on or very close to the mile. Lots of nice pubs, bars, cafe's and restaurants.

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Cluj-Napoca, Cluj, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Lots to see and do! It is a great place for taking photos and have a very pleasant walk. The entire area has amazing buildings. Lots of tourists around, on their way to the castle.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

So beautiful and impressive. We were lucky enough with the weather which made the whole experience even more enjoyable. Expect too many tourist trap shops and overpriced everything, but you cannot say you have been to Edinburgh without having walked the Royal Mile.

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Miami, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

To get a complete feel for the place walk off the beaten path - on the side streets as the Royal Mile itself, while interesting in many ways, can be like a zoo. Don't venture too far down (towards the Palace) as the neighborhood gets schetchy. Forget shopping on the Mile as most of the offerings are of low qualify.... More

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