Edinburgh was named as the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 due to the two contrasting historic areas that divide the city centre. The medieval Old Town, centred around the Royal Mile, and the Georgian New Town are unique and unrivalled in Europe.
The Royal Mile’s Famous Attractions
The Royal Mile is the most famous street in Edinburgh and attracts millions of visitors each year. The cobbled street leads to Edinburgh Castle at the top, situated on the volcanic Castle Rock, overlooking Princess Street Gardens and the city centre. At the other end visitors will find Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament, leading into Holyrood Park. Within Holyrood Park is Arthur Seat, the volcanic crags and hilltop that also dominate the city skyline.
There are many historic points of interest on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Many of the city’s most famous attractions are located here, such as the Scotch Whisky Experience, Mary King’s Close and St Giles Cathedral. There are also many hidden gems. Every winding alley and stairway has its own story. A blend of historic restaurants and bars are mixed in with modern cafes and coffee shops, and not forgetting dozens of souvenir shops.
Festival time on the Royal Mile
During the month of August, Edinburgh’s Old Town is transformed into a stage for performers of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In addition to this, the Hub, located near the Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh, becomes the booking office for Edinburgh International Festival.
Royal Mile Accommodation
Visitors looking for a hotel on Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile will not be disappointed in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh. After a busy day of exploring the Old Town and its many attractions, return to the hotel and indulge in four star services, such as the fitness facilities at Pace Health Club.