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Royal Mile

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Edinburgh Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Castle Tour and Darkside Walking Tour
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Edinburgh Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Castle Tour and Darkside Walking Tour
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Stretch of road connecting Edinburgh Castle with Holyrood Palace, the Queen's residence in Scotland.
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Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PB, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

lots to see and do and drink and eat. Pity about the weather but you can't have it all. a nice place to spend a few hours.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank rmurray86
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

beautiful place with a lot of restaurants and shops. A little dirty but it’s expected (it’s a street lol)

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank fernandosS5820NU
Reviewed 2 days ago

Spent the day walking from the Castle down the Royal Mile to Holyrood Palace. St Giles Cathedral was fantastic and many interesting historical places along the route. John Know's house etc. Plenty of places for a coffe break or local pubs for lunch. Avoid the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Beblessed92
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Loads of things to see and do, together with lots to eat and drink. A brilliant base for a holiday. Numerous hotels to choose from.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 806larar
Reviewed 2 days ago

Stop by the court of Session, go into Parliament Hall through Door eleven 11, You'll see the absolutely beautiful stained glass windows. Lawyers and their clients walk the length of Parliament hall discussing cases with their clients. This tradition dates back almost 400 years. The...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Lagden
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Even though about cold weather, Royal Mile that's an icon of Edinburgh!! Sometimes you can watch Scottish guys playing bagpipes there. Lovely!!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Salustra C
Reviewed 3 days ago

I Just love the character of Edinburgh even being 35 miles south of the city there is always a great buzz there is an eclectic mix of shops,restaurants, pubs and very busy street during the Edinburgh festival, I always love the OLD Edinburgh just full...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank steve w
Reviewed 3 days ago

Strolling the royal mile is a sensory overload - but a wonderful one! Beautiful architecture, charming shops, fun pubs and delicious food. You could spend a whole day just ambling along popping in and out of stores, attractions and pubs.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Stephanie B
Reviewed 3 days ago

Walking down hill from Edinburgh Castle leads you to the Royal Mile, a street lined with government buildings, tourist shops, restaurants and bars. Many of Edinburgh's unique places are easily accessible from this street. Walk down hill one way and you're on the main shopping...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Dennis M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a wonderful area. The royal mile goes from the castle down to Holyrood Palace. Plenty of shops for those that like shopping. Plenty of historical attractions including Mary Kings close, which is a must. Some lovely old pubs and whisky galore!

Date of experience: March 2019
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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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February 16, 2019|
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Response from sskundu | Reviewed this property |
The direction from the Edinburgh Castle towards Palace of Holyrood House is downhill but yet walking a mile might be challenging with a brace. There are ample of shops & restos along the way with outdoor seating for a break... More
October 18, 2018|
Response from hazhenderson | Reviewed this property |
The Royal Mile is free. It’s basically a long street that leads you to the castle at the top. There is an entrance fee to the castle but you can walk right up to it and take photos etc without having to pay.
October 18, 2018|
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Response from harrymon | Reviewed this property |
£14.00 if I remember rightly.