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Edinburgh - Perspective From a Local

An April 2004 trip to Edinburgh by whatelb

Quote: Edinburgh is the Capital of Scotland and is one of the oldest cities in the world.

Edinburgh - Perspective From a Local

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Overview

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Edinburgh is one of the oldest cities in the world. It has hundreds of years of history. If you visit Edinburgh, you must walk along the Royal Mile, at the end of the street rests Edinburgh Castle. Below the castle, which once was a moat, lies the Princess Gardens. They are beautifully manicured, and a very busy place on bright sunny days. Both tourists and locals alike enjoy basking in the sun surrounded by wonderful fountains. On the other side of the Princess Gardens, is Princess Street which has a a store for everyone, it is one of the major roads in Edinburgh so please remember that they drive on the left. If you are up for a hike, then take a leisurely walk up King Arthurs Seat. ...Read More

St Christopher's Inn

Hotel | "St. Christophers Inn"

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St. Christophers Inn is a great place to stay if you're looking for a cheap roof over your head. The price ranges from £15 to £30 a night, depending on the season. It is a well keep hostel with a very friendly staff, it is cleaned every day, there is no lock out, and there is no curfew. There are laundry facilities on site. There is even a bar/restaurant attached to the hostel which offers discounts to those staying there. The food is decent, and is great if you want a quick bite. Also to be mentioned is that you get a free light breakfast every morning of your stay.The hostel is ideally located, it is one block away from the Historical Royal Mile, the Princess Gardens, and Princes...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 15, 2006

St Christopher's Inn
9-13 Market Street
Edinburgh, Scotland
+44 (0) 20 7407 1856

Princes Street Gardens

Attraction | "Princess Gardens"

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The Princess Garden's are a majestic sight to see. However, they weren't always that way. When Edinburgh Castle was built, the Princess Garden's were its moat, it was a murky source of water that smelled horrendous due to the years of waste that had been dumped into it by citizens living off of the Royal Mile. When the moat was drained it is rumored that there were six thousand bodies found, this of course, was due to the hundreds of years of war. After the moat was drained, city officials set out to make it a great garden, a place of peace in which families, lovers, and children were able to play and relax. Take a good book, and enjoy the gardens for a few hours, then he...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 15, 2006

Princes Street Gardens
Princes Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH2 2YJ

Edinburgh International Festival

Attraction | "Edinburgh Festival"

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The Edinburgh Festival is one of the largest art festivals in the world. Entertainers, Artists, and Thespians travel from around the world to partake in this week-long event.

The event is held in August every year, and takes up the entire city. The Royal Mile is decorated with banners and steamers, and there are performance artists walking around promoting their show. There are street performers, musicians, and poets.

During the festival prices of food, drinks, and lodging are raised a little, but not noticeably.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 15, 2006

Edinburgh International Festival
The Hub
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2NE
+44 131 473 2001

The Last Drop

Restaurant

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The Last Drop is a great pub with an interesting story.

The Last Drop is known by locals to be the pub in which men and women would literally have their "Last Drop."

The Grassmarket was where people were hanged, and they just happened to be hanged right outside The Last Drop, so the men and women would go for their very last pint and then head for the gallows across the street.

The Last Drop is always lively and packed, good luck finding a seat on a Friday or Saturday night.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 15, 2006

The Last Drop
74-78 Grassmarket
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2JR
0131 225 4851

Scott Monument

Attraction | "Sir Walter Scott Monument"

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The Sir Walter Scott Monument can been seen from many places within Edinburgh.The Monument was erected to honor the great Scottish poet Walter Scott. Sir Walter Scott, first Baronet (August 14, 1771 to September 21, 1832) was a prolific Scottish historical novelist and poet popular throughout Europe during his time. In some ways Scott was the first author to have a truly international career in his lifetime, with many contemporary readers all over Great Britain, Ireland, Europe, Australia, and North America.His novels and (to a lesser extent) his poetry are still read, but he is far less popular nowadays than he was at the height of his fame. Nevertheless many of his works...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 15, 2006

Scott Monument
Princes Street Gardens
Edinburgh, Scotland EH2 2EJ
+44 131 529 4068