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Blog - Royal Mile - From Castle to Palace

Posted on 24/02/2015

Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is the heart of many of its key tourist attractions and walking its length is a great way of enjoying the best sights of the Old Town. There are plenty of buses serving the area but from end to end you can enjoy a gentle mile-long walk - we recommend downhill! As Edinburgh’s main High Street there is plenty to see and here we’re looking at some of the main attractions along the route from Edinburgh Castle to The Palate at Holyrood.

Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle and the Castle Esplanade are at the top of the Royal Mile and you can enjoy panoramic views across the city, as well as being able to look out over the Firth of Forth in the North and the picturesque Pentland Hills to the South. Start the walk downhill, down the Mile and enjoy the many other attractions along the way.

St. Giles Cathedral
St. Giles Cathedral is a famous and attractive monolith with a distinctive crowned steeple which is has a wonderful peaceful and serene atmosphere if you head inside. It’s a sanctuary from the busy, hectic high street and is a real piece of Edinburgh history. Also nearby, The Real Mary King's Close.

Cockburn Street
Head off the mile for a little detour down Cockburn Street and you won’t be disappointed. It’s popular for quirky boutiques, jewellers, crafts and clothing stores. There are a couple of relaxed dining spots and it offers a real taste of the independent businesses in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Fudge Kitchen
The Fudge Kitchen in Edinburgh is one place you won’t want to miss as you can see the real craft involved in hand-making tasty and moreish fudge. You can try samples and you definitely won’t be disappointed and probably make a purchase or two.

John Knox House Museum
John Knox House Museum is an iconic spot on the Royal Mile. It has a ramshackle appearance that can’t be missed and houses a museum that looks at the life and times of John Knox himself, as well as his relationship with Mary, Queen of Scots. A genuine example of medieval architecture in the heart of the Royal Mile.

Museum of Childhood and The Peoples Story
Two museums opposite each other and both worth a visit, they offer free exhibits and attractions to enjoy. The Museum of Childhood harks back to toys and memorabilia of our past and The Peoples Story offers a unique insight to the people of Edinburgh and their history.

The Palace (and Parliament) At Holyrood
At the base of the Royal Mile you can enjoy The Palace at Holyrood – the Queen’s residence in Edinburgh. Grand and imposing, you can enjoy a guided tour of the Palace and you are very close to the Scottish Parliament too, if you fancy giving it a visit. Also nearby Dynamic Earth.

The Royal Mile is the centre of Edinburgh and it really is one of those places you have to visit. These are just a few of the many attractions you’ll find along it and nearby, giving you plenty to do during your visit.