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“Crowded and very touristy”
Review of Royal Mile

Royal Mile
Ranked #6 of 397 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Stretch of road connecting Edinburgh Castle with Holyrood Palace, the Queen's residence in Scotland.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

As you would expect the Royal MIle is very busy and touristy, full of cashmere shops and tourist tatt. On a fine day however it has a happy, interesting vibe. Just don't expect a quiet or probably an authentic Edinburgh experience.

Thank tripleart
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Due to the geography of the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle the Royal Mile was practically all there was to Edinburgh until roughly 200 years ago meaning everyone lived on top of each other. The tall tenement buildings are unique and like something out of Harry Potter (JK Rowling wrote some of Harry Potter in Edinburgh so maybe it inspired her). Also it means that all the history happening within more or less 1 mile. You can feel the history all around you. It is one of my favourite places in the world!

Thank LouisaJP
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

great stroll up this street. Great place to get souvenirs. St Giles Cathedral is about half way along and absolutely breathtaking inside. I thought it was even more beautiful than Notre Dame, France (my opinion only). Lovely souvenirs to purchase inside Cathedral shop. Got some "Holy" socks for the mum in law. Made in Scotland. always a bonus not PRC.

Thank scorpioale
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

If heaven decreed that I could walk but just one mile each day, it would definitely not be the now overly-commercialized Royal Mile, esp. near the entrance to Edinburgh Castle. You can't miss it if you're visiting the Castle. It's lined with shoppes and street performers abound. Just grin and bear it.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

If you visited Edinburgh and missed the Royal Mile...I'd be astounded. The mile is the center piece of tourism in Old Town. It offers a nice array of tourist shops and restaurants. Most attractions and Highland tours leave from one spot or another on the mile. It's a good time.

Thank FQP7
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