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Things to do in Edinburgh – Part 2

Things to do in Edinburgh – Part 2

If you prefer a more regal look at history, visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland, sited at the end of the Royal Mile against the dramatic backdrop of Arthur’s Seat. See the private chambers of Mary, Queen of Scots, the State Rooms, Throne Room, and a display of gifts bestowed on HM by Commonwealth Heads of State. Kids can raid the dressing up box in the Palace Family Room this summer, and there are plenty of activities to keep them amused, like storytelling, discovery trails, arts and crafts sessions, and on Thursdays,  Behind The Ropes tours of the Palace’s secret passages.  The Queen’s Gallery at Holyrood House is showing an exhibition of Tudor and Stuart fashion until 20th July – what royalty and the famous wore was discussed as often then as it is today! Two miles from the city centre the Royal Yacht Britannia is berthed. There are five decks to explore, and the splendid Royal Deck Tea Room is open daily for refreshments.

The Queens Gallery entrance Edinburgh

Whilst most popular attraction are in the Old Town,  the Georgian New Town with it’s broad, straight roads and neo-classical buildings has a lot to offer too. The commercial hub of the city, it is home to many designer shops, restaurants and bars – Princes Street and George Street are the best known, but the more bohemian Broughton Street is popular with locals. If you’re on a budget you can always visit Mary Queen of Shops famous charity shop in nearby Stockbridge! It’s always a good idea to take a sightseeing tour when visiting a city for the first time to help you get your bearings, and the Grand24 and Grand48 tickets can be used for five different tours. Each tour takes around 1hr, and a live guide or audio commentary is provided.  Options include the open-topped double deckers,  a vintage bus tour around the Old Town, or the royal themed Majestic Tour.  Edinburgh is a great year round destination, but it  gets busy during Hogmanay and the August Festival season, so go now if you want to avoid the crowds.

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Kate Quigley

Kate Quigley Travel Writer