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Royal Mile
Royal Mile

Royal Mile

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Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PB, Scotland
+44 131 220 3516
http://www.edinburgh-royalmile.com/
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The Royal Mile is a succession of streets which form the main thoroughfare of the Old Town of the city of Edinburgh. As the name suggests, the Royal Mile is approximately one Scots mile long, and runs ... Read more
between two foci of history in Scotland, from Edinburgh Castle at the top of the Castle Rock down to Holyrood Abbey. The streets which make up the Royal Mile are (west to east) Castle Esplanade, Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street, Canongate and Abbey Strand. The Royal Mile is Edinburgh Old Town's busiest tourist street, rivalled only by Princes Street in the New Town.

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Sydney, Australia

Really cool to walk down this street. Can be icy in the winter otherwise quite festive

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

History at every step and grand buildings anywhere you look. Truly royal and unique experience

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Local from Edinburgh, UK

The main historical street in Edinburgh. At the top, the castle, at the bottom, the palace of Holyrood.

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München, Deutschland

Beautiful street to stroll and wander up and down. And there are free walking tours on the hour, look out for red shirts or umbrellas from Sandeman.

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Local from Edinburgh, UK

The Royal Mile starts from the Queens house/the parliament and goes right up to the castle. It had various shops and restaurants. It's worth a visit and spending the day going from shop to shop for wee gems along with getting some lunch and drinks for later.
The streets that come off the long Royal Mile street can also take you on adventures, down the famous closes of the Old Town
There will always be something historical to see and you can go right to the castle for amazing views over Edinburgh

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Local from Edinburgh, UK

This is the main street in the charming old town of Edinburgh, with lots of restaurants and bars, cobbled streets and old buildings

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

Edinburgh is a wonderful city and the heart of it is the Royal Mile. With it's little alleyways and it's rich history it is a great place to visit.

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Foster City, California, USA

I walked along the Royal Mile, up the hill to the castle but it was closed. I must go back to see the Edinburgh Castle, a historic fortress one day!

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San Francisco, California

When in Edinburgh, a stroll through the Royal Mile is a must! The historic street starts from the castle where you'll wander past tiny closes, or alleyways. Be sure to get lost a bit; it's part of the charm of the city.

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a great walk from Holyrood up to the castle - or possibly easier the other way - down hill!
Lots to see.

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Start at the top (Edinburgh Castle) and work your way down. So many of Edinburgh's top tourist attractions you will find walking this mile. Many of the tourist Scottish themed shops, along with street performers, cafes and restaurants etc.

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Menlo Park, California, USA

This is the main drag for visitors wanting to see the sights - ending right at the castle. It's lined with pubs and cafes, and there were lots of street performers when I was there. Not off the beaten track, but fun to wander.

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Glasgow, UK

Running from the Castle down to Holyrood House, this ancient street always has something going on. There are usually street performers, craft stalls and throngs of people. Check out some of the many souvenir and gift shops (the quality of these shops greatly improves the further down you get) as well as the St Giles Kirk.

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Local from Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Running from the castle down to Holyrood Palace the Royal Mile or High Street has many shops, restaurants, bars and attractions to visit.
Highlights for me would be St Glies cathedral, the Museum of Childhood which is free and Mary Kings Close. There's also the Burke and Hare pub on the corner of The Royal Mile and The Mound. Named after Edinburgh's infamous grave robbers William Burke and William Hare.

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Ancient and fascinating, The Royal Mile will evoke images of old Edinburgh life and times. Truly steeped in Scots tradition.

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Pittsford (town), New York

This is the main street in Edinburgh's Old Town. You will see a variety of buildings from the Reformation era, as you walk the length from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Abbey. You will also encounter plenty of tourists in this area. If you have the time, you might want to go up Castle Rock to tour the gigantic Edinburgh Castle or just appreciate it from below.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Probably the most famous and visited street in Edinburgh because it leads up to Edinburgh Castle. Lots of souvenir shops and some good bars line the street.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India

Royal Mile is a wonderful stretch running from top to bottom of the city quite literally. It has received this name owing to the two royal residences on either sides. One one end of the mile is Edinburgh Castle sitting high atop the castle rock while at the bottom of the mile end is Hollyrood Palace the official Royal residence of HM Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Scotland. Royal Mile can be considered a map to the best pubs, best restaurants, shopping spots, and of course the tourist sites. At 90 degrees to the Royal Mile is the North and South Bridge connecting the other sides of the city between Princes Street.

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Vancouver, Canada

The Old Town's main thoroughfare is arguably Edinburgh's most famous street. It stretches from Edinburgh Castle to the Scottish Parliament. It's well worth the walk.

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Seattle, Washington, USA

The Royal Mile is one of those areas that are simultaneously enchanting and disappointing. The architecture, the small laneways, the history, the views of Edinburgh!

At the same time, it has become so touristy that on busy tourist days it's hard to do anything besides weave through the crowds.

Try to visit the Royal Mile during the off season when you can give a good amount of time to getting lost within it's intricate mix of historic and modern amenities.

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