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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.
The Real Mary King´s Close
The Real Mary King's Close is a series of streets in Edinburgh's Old Town dating back to medieval times. For centuries this area was under cover but following archaeological excavations the area was exposed and in April 2003 these streets were opened up as a tourist attraction. These medieval streets quickly became associated with stories of ghosts and it was claimed that there were many bodies of plague victims that had been walled up and abandoned. There is however no evidence to support these claims but many visitors claim to have experience paranormal activities. The buildings were originally seven storeys high and covered both sides of the street, some of these have been replicated to resemble how the street would have originally looked. Guided tours take place approximately every 20 minutes, daily throughout the year (except Christmas Day). The first tour of the day starts at 10am (9am during August) but closing times vary throughout the year, details can be found on the website. Tours last approximately one hour. Admission prices are: Adult - £10.50 (12 Euros) Children - £6.00 (7 Euros) Concessions - £9.50 (11 Euros)
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
This club is located under Edinburgh's city streets in the caverns of the Cowgate district. Cabaret Voltaire is open every day of the week and has two different rooms. Each of these rooms play live music from the local artists as well as performers from all over the country. DJ's also entertain clubbers with dance music.
Built by James II in 1460 the castle was used to protect the Firth of Forth from pirates and the English. It was one of the first castles in Scotland built to withstand canon fire with 2 D- shaped towers with double walls. The castle is 70 feet above the beach and offers great views across the Forth to Edinburgh. Please note that the castle is not staffed and offers limited access.Please call Historic Scotland ahead of your visit to get information if the castle is open to visitors on the day. The park surrounding the castle is always accessible. Entrance is free.