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Edinburgh is home to a diverse range of attractions open throughout the year. While you’re visiting the Edinburgh International Festival, you may want to take advantage of the sites and activities around the city. Here are a few suggestions of things to see and do, as well as some websites to help you plan your trip.
Edinburgh Castle is an iconic landmark and constant backdrop to the city. Take a trip up the Royal mile and enjoy the view!
The Palace of Holyroodhouse
Opposite Edinburgh Castle at the bottom of the Royal Mile lies the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Palace has been the residence of the British monarchs in Scotland since the 15th century, including Charles II and Mary Queen of Scots. It is also home to The Queen's Gallery which hosts exhibitions from the Royal Collection.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Summer is the perfect time to visit the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. The garden was first opened in the 17th century and holds thousands of specimens. Points of interest include its world-famous Rock Garden, peat and woodland gardens, colourful herbaceous borders, Glasshouses and several specialist collections
National Museums Scotland
National Galleries Scotland
The largest wildlife attraction in Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo is a lovely place to take a stroll and a great place to take the kids!
Situated in Old Town at the foot of Edinburgh Castle, the Grassmarket is only a short distance from the Royal Mile. Steeped in the city's history, it hosts a variety of shops, markets, restaurants, pubs and events throughout the year.
Running parallel to Princes Street and only a stone's throw away from Princes Street Gardens is Rose Street. Also known fondly as "the Amber Mile" it is home to more pubs than any other street in the city, as well as many shops and restaurants.
Firth of Forth
The Firth of Forth is the body of water dividing Edinburgh from the Kingdom of Fife. You can tour the Forth by water, or visit its coasts by rail or bus for a breathtaking view.
Here are some websites with further information about Edinburgh and Scotland that may help you plan your visit
And if you're on Facebook, these pages can help you get an insider's view of the city