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National Gallery of Scotland
The National Gallery of Scotland is located on the Mound in Edinburgh which separates the two parts of Princess Street Gardens. It is a large neoclassical building which was first opened to the public in 1859. It houses a large collection of European and Scottish art from early Renaissance to the late 19th century. Artwork in the Gallery is by many famous artists including Raphael, El Greco, Rubens, Titian, Velázquez, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Turner and the Impressionists. Many Scottish artists are also exhibited these include Ramsay, Raeburn. Wilkie and McTaggart. Facilities at the Gallery include Education services, gift shop, disabled access and an outdoor café in the Summer. Opening times are Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12-5pm. There are extended opening hours during the Edinburgh Festival and it is closed 25 and 26 December. Admission is free but some special exhibitions may have a charge.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
The Royal Botanic Garden was first founded in 1670 near Holyrood Palace, it was then moved in 1763 to Leith and then in 1820 it moved to its present location in Inverleith, just a mile from Edinburgh city centre. It covers an area of 70 acres and has almost 34,000 species of plants on view. There are several different glasshouses including the Palm house, the Tropical house, the Fern house, the Temperate House , the Arid House and the Montane tropical house Other interesting collections include the Peat Walls, the Queen Mother’s memorial garden, the Rock Garden ,the Scottish Heath Garden and the Woodland Garden. There is also an aquarium with 15 tanks showing aquatic plants. Admission to the gardens are free but there is a small charge to visit the glasshouses. Opening times are November & February: 10.00am - 4.00pm. March & October: 10.00am - 6.00pm. April to September: 10.00am - 7.00pm. The Gardens are closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day.
The Scott Monument in Edinburgh was built to commemorate Sir Walter Scott who died on 21st September 1832. George Miekle Kemp won a competition to design it and construction started in 1838. It stands 200 ft. 6in high (61 meters) and 55ft.(16 meters) square at the base. To reach the highest gallery you have to climb 287 steps. It is made of Binnie stone , throughout the structure there are niches, 64 in all which hold statuettes each depicting a character from the works of Scott. The statue itself was designed and built by John Steell and is made of Carrara marble, it is more than double life-size. The last stone was laid in 1844 and it was officially inaugurated on 15th August 1846. It is located on Princes street and is open Monday to Friday 9am till 6pm and 10am to 6pm on Sundays during the summer. In winter it closes at 3pm. Admission costs £3 (4 Euros).
The Royal Mile in Edinburgh is the collective name of the streets that form the main thoroughfare through the city's historic Old Town. As its name suggests The Royal Mile is approximately one mile long (1.6km) and stretches from Holyrood Abbey at the bottom to Edinburgh Castle at the top. Many of the locals refer to the Royal Mile as "High Street" but officially this name only refers to one stretch. The five streets that make up the Royal Mile are Abbey Stand, Canongate, High Street, Lawn Market and Castle Hill. Leading off these main streets there are numerous narrow alleyways. In addition to Edinburgh Castle, which is the most visited tourist attraction in Scotland and the Abbey, the Royal Mile also passes a number of other tourist attractions including Mary King's Close, St Giles Cathedral, the Tolbooth Kirk, Parliament House and several museums. The Royal Mile is fully accessible to visits and there are no admission charges to enter the general area but individual admission fees apply for many of the specific attractions.
Howies Waterloo Place
Howies Waterloo Place is part of a Scottish restaurant group with others located in Aberdeen and St Andrews. The restaurant is in a renovated 1Georgian building. 200 guests can dine in the main restaurant with another room for private functions for up to 26 people. Lunch time specials and a 45 minute lunch is available as well as the usual menu. Major credit cards accepted. Snacks and drinks are available from 11am. Open every day 12pm - 2:30pm and 5:30pm - 10pm