Mini guide: Historic Edinburgh

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Mini guide: Historic Edinburgh

© Lonely Planet Mini guide: Historic Edinburgh

The beautifully situated Scottish capital is full of ancient houses, great museums and cheerful pubs. The city asks to be explored, with its many interesting corners that tempt you to look further.

Places of interest

Edinburgh Castle

< p class = "tinymce_p"> Edinburgh Castle, on top of an impressive basalt hill, has played a major role in Scottish history; as a royal residence - King Malcolm Canmore and his queen Margaret settled here in the 11th century - and as a fortress. The last fighting took place here in 1745.

Palace of Holyroodhouse

This palace is the official residence of the royal family in Scotland, but is more famous as the home of the tragic Mary, Queen of Scots. The highlight of the tour is her bedroom, where the queen was held by her jealous husband Lord Darnley, while his henchmen murdered her secretary - and darling - David Rizzio.

Real Mary King's Close

Between the foundations of the 18th-century Royal Exchange you will find a medieval alley that has hardly changed. Costumed guides guide you through this spooky maze and offer insight into the daily life of the 17th century. Reservations are wise.

Food and drinks

Cannonball Restaurant

The old Cannonball House next the forecourt of Edinburgh Castle has been transformed into a refined restaurant (with whiskey bar) where the Contini's unleash their Italian magic on Scottish classics.

Bennet's Bar

Bennet's (founded in 1839) has almost its entire Victorian interior from decorated mirrors to the copper faucets at the bar (for your whiskey - they have over 100 varieties).

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Café Royal is perhaps the classic Edinburgher pub with its beautiful oval bar and portraits of Victorian inventors in Doulton tiles. Sit at the bar or on one of the cozy leather couches and choose from seven types of ale

on tap.


GoedkoopCode - The Loft

This reasonably luxurious hostel, in the middle of New Town, combines fun design with innovative sleeping cabins that offer more privacy than bunk beds (four to six people) per dormitory, each with its own bathroom). There is also an apartment for two people with kitchen and roof terrace.


Sheridan Guest House

Colorful flower pots enliven this cozy guest house north of New Town. The eight bedrooms have bright colors and modern furniture, stylish lighting and colorful paintings that fit well with the clean lines of the house. The breakfast menu includes omelette, pancakes with maple syrup and scrambled eggs with smoked salmon.


Witchery by the Castle

The nine gothic suites of Witchery, in a 16th-century house in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, are extravagantly decorated with antiques, oak paneling, rugs, fireplaces, four-poster beds and beautiful bathtubs , in addition to flowers, chocolate and free champagne. It is extremely popular - book a few months in advance.

Opening image: theasis / Edinburgh