Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

Best Places to see in Edinburgh

The centre of Edinburgh is divided neatly in half by Princes Street, the principal shopping area. To the south lies the Old Town, site of the ancient city, which grew along the route of the Royal Mile, from the Castle Rock in the west to The Palace of Holyroodhouse in the east. At the end of the 18th century, building for the New Town started to the north of Princes Street. The area is still viewed today as a world-class example of Georgian urban architecture, with its elegant fa├žades and broad streets. Princes Street has lots to offer, including shopping, art galleries, the towering Scott Monument and the landmark Balmoral Hotel clock tower, as well as the city's main train station, Waverly.

Edinburgh: Getting Around

Central Edinburghis compact, so walking is an excellent way to explore the centre. Other options include a comprehensive bus service and a multitude of black taxis. Avoid exploring the centre by car, because the streets tend to be congested with traffic, and parking may be difficult. Car use has been actively discouraged by the local authority in recent years. On main routes special lanes are provided for buses, taxis and bicycles, and in the suburbs there is also a good network of bicycle paths.

Edinburgh: SIGHTS AT A GLANCE

Historic Areas, Streets and Buildings
Edinburgh Castle
The Exchange
Greyfriars Kirk
New Scottish Parliament
New Town
The Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Royal Mile

Monuments
ScottMonument

Landmarks
Calton Hill
HolyroodParkand Arthur's Seat

Museums, Galleries and Exhibitions
National Gallery of Scotland
Our Dynamic Earth
The Royal Museum and Museum of Scotland
Scottish National Portrait Gallery