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Without a doubt, the best way to reach the historical city of Edinburgh is by train.
Another hill – one of seven - forged from the extinct volcano on which the city’s castle stands, Arthur’s Seat is a favourite spot for locals and visitors to Edinburgh alike. The walk to the summit can be tricky for those who are less mobile, but it’s well worth making the effort. If you don’t fancy trekking to the top, head past the Palace of Holyroodhouse to St Anthony’s Church ruins for a more gentle stroll.
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Edinburgh’s traditional port area is full of restaurants, bars, hotels and cafes. Leith is also home to the Royal Yacht Britannia, once the floating home of the Queen and Britain’s royal family. Voted one of the UK’s top tourist attractions by TripAdvisor, the yacht offers a rare glimpse of life behind the scenes in the Royal household.
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Dynamic Earth is a unique family-friendly visitor attraction and one of the most unusual things to do in Edinburgh. It’s within walking distance of Edinburgh Waverley station. It tells the story of our planet through interactive exhibitions that include a 4D motion ride which crash lands you in a tropical rainforest, a replica submarine and a showdome for 360-degree cinematic experiences.
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A wide, bustling thoroughfare, Princes Street is the place to be in Edinburgh when your urge for retail therapy becomes irresistible. There are plenty of other things to do and places to see along the street’s one-mile length. Princes Street Gardens at the foot of the castle offer the perfect spot for dropping after all that shopping. Art-lovers head here in their droves too for the Royal Scottish Academy and National Gallery of Scotland.
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The real problem with finding somewhere to refuel with food and drink in Edinburgh is you are spoiled for choice. Take our tip: Valvona and Crolla is a surefire winner. The Italian food is great and the atmosphere is ultra-friendly while the prices are pleasingly manageable, especially if you’ve just rolled in from nearby Louis Vuitton or Harvey Nichols.
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