EXPLORE THE FAMOUS ROYAL MILE
Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, Edinburgh is full of contrasting and historic areas. Stroll the medieval Old Town, centred around the Royal Mile, and the unique Georgian New Town, unrivalled in Europe. Stay right on the Royal Mile with Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh City Centre, and explore all its famous charm.
What to experience on the Royal Mile
From Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace, there are many historic points of interest on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, also known as High Street. Several of the city’s most famous attractions are located here, such as the Scotch Whisky Experience, Camera Obscura and St Giles Cathedral.
Explore Edinburgh’s Closes
A Scot’s term for private alleyways, these quaint closes are usually named after a memorable occupant. Today, they are considered hidden gems of nooks and crannies full of character. A blend of historical restaurants and bars are mixed in with modern cafes and coffee shops, plus dozens of souvenir shops.
Every winding alley and stairway has its own story and most historic Edinburgh tours and walks include some of the most famous closes.
- Mary King’s Close – Edinburgh’s most famous close was left unchanged for 250 years
- Dickson’s Close – Incorporated into the hotel’s architecture, so no need to walk far
- Advocates Close
- Lady Stairs Close – It’s now home to the Scottish Writers Museum
Visit the Royal Mile during festival season
During July and 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 City Centre, becomes the booking office for the Edinburgh International Festival.
The city comes alive with music, theatre, dance and much more as locals and visitors fill the streets for festival fun.