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Two weeks ago I went to Edinburgh with some friends, so today and on my next posts I’ll be sharing with you the highlights of my trip. I fell absolutely in love with Edinburgh and I can’t wait to go back again. Today come with me to the old town and Edinburgh’s castle.
Edinburgh’s old town forms part of a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s beautifully preserved, it’s has streets and small alleys mixed with one of the highest XVI century buildings I’ve ever seen.
The first thing we decided when we arrived to do is to take a free tour that will show us the centre of Edinburgh. One of the first things we visited was grassmarket. Event though before was an execution place, right now is a pedestrian street surrounded by nice pubs and places to eat. The names of some pubs are related to the history of the street. At night this street is beautiful decorated with fairy lights.
Probably the most famous street of Edinburgh, is Victoria street. This a really colourful and nice street, with small interesting shops like a joke shop, a witchery shop, a Harry Potter inspired shop… For those who are Harry Potter fans like me, I have to add that the they say that J.K.Rowling was inspired by this street to create Diagon Alley. Also in the old town there is a pub called the elephant house, where she wrote some of the books.
As you can see in the picture above Victoria st has to levels, if you take one the stairs and walk a bit you arrive to the Royal Mile. The royal mile is the main street of Edinburgh, is called like this because it joins the two Edinburgh castles.
One of the things I loved in the royal mile is Saint Giles Cathedral. The present cathedral dates from the late 14th century, I think the city of Edinburgh has done a great job maintaining the medieval architecture. I loved the architecture of the cathedral, specially its distinctive crown steeple, nevertheless the inside it’s also beautiful.
Then walking through the royal mile we arrived to the Edinburgh castle. Built in the XII century above a high rock it’s the signature monument of Edinburgh, and it’s visible from most parts of the city. The views from the castle are amazing and the building itself its incredible. As a fun fact, the day that we went was crowded because Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were going to visit it.
Anyway I’d recommend you to walk around the streets of the old town and getting lost, because it’s the best way to appreciate the beauty of the old town.
Have you visited Edinburgh’s old town? Did you love it as much as I did?
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