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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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Key Biscayne

A magical part of Edinburgh. Lots of bars, restaurants and shops to drift in and out of. The castle is at the top and the park and parliament is at the bottom of this mile. Well worth spending a day drifting around here. Gets very busy in August.

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Local from Edinburgh

The Royal Mile can't really be missed, although it isn't in itself much of an attraction. We'll preserved central street of old Edinburgh, and the site of lots of other attractions.

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Wethersfield

The royal mile is where it is at! And by "it" I mean everything you might need in Edinburgh. The mile runs in between Holyrood and Edinburgh Castle and has all of the shops, pubs, and curiosities you need in the city. It is fun wandering between all of the little shops and looking at the range of souvenirs for sale.

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Boston

Nice walk down to Holyrood. There’s a lot of nice restaurants and shops along the way. It’s really a mile.

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Local from Edinburgh

Steeped in history the royal mile features some amazing eateries if you can find them in between the tourist shops!

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Local from Edinburgh

Well known tourist attraction in the centre of town stretching a mile through the old town. Be surrounded by historic buildings, monuments and historic architecture as you explore the city.

Also known for its tourist friendly drinking spots. Rarely frequented by locals due to busyness and primarily chain restaurants/gift shops.

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Local from Edinburgh

The Royal Mile is Edinburgh’s history captured in a street. Starting at the Castle, you’ll wind down past old buildings filled with modern tourist attractions. The Camera Obscura is a great choice.

Moving past the amazing Gladstone’s Land, you’ll enter the intersection with the Mound and George IV Bridge, along with a few decent places to eat.

The next block has some of the nicest scenery you’ll find in Edinburgh, but be careful during the Festival as it’s also the busiest part.

After that you’ll find gems like The Museum of Childhood - a great family choice. Be sure to peek down the ‘closes’ to see some densely packed Edinburgh houses.

Finally as you follow the final block down you’ll come to Scotland’s Parliament, and the Palace of Holyrood.

A great day out in one street.

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Sydney

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

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Kuala Lumpur

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

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Local from Edinburgh

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

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Munich

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

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

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

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

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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The San Francisco Bay Area

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

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

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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