EDINBURGH’S ROYAL MILE
Edinburgh was named as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995, thanks in part to two contrasting, historic areas that divide its 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 attractionsThe Royal Mile is the most famous street in Edinburgh and attracts millions of visitors each year. Alternatively known as ‘High Street’, the cobbled street leads to Edinburgh Castle at the top, situated on the volcanic Castle Rock and overlooking Princes Street Gardens and the rest of the city centre. At the other end, you will find Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament, and from there the open greenery of Holyrood Park. Within Holyrood Park lies Arthur's Seat, the volcanic crags and hilltop that also dominate the city’s skyline.
There are many historic points of interest on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Several of the city’s most famous attractions are located here, such as the Scotch Whisky Experience, The Real 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 historical restaurants and bars are mixed in with modern cafes and coffee shops, plus dozens of souvenir shops.