From the geology to the industrial era, from ancient people to the twentieth century, from the basement to the fabulous Balcony Café, the National Museum of Scotland narrates the story of the country. There are artefacts that take your breath away, that make you squirm and interactive exhibits that will bring out your competitive side. The new part of the museum dates to 1998; the older part adjacent was completed in 1888 but was substantially refurbished and reopened as from 2011. Together they’re a must-see.
Ask anyone who's been – there’s something truly magical about Edinburgh. And with its cultural treasures, hidden closes, Gothic architecture and an actual volcano (albeit extinct), the city’s original medieval Old Town is an integral part of the Scottish capital’s unique charm.
Though relatively compact, Old Town is home to some of Edinburgh’s most significant landmarks and best things to do. You’ve got the prominent grandeur of Edinburgh Castle which guards over the city and faces down the slope of the famous Royal Mile. Not far away, there’s the National Museum of Scotland, St Giles Cathedral and a curious labyrinth of spooky underground chambers and secret passages that reveal stories from the city’s lesser known history. It’s no wonder this area has been designated an official UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We don’t want keep you much longer – there’s a whole plethora of sites awaiting your exploration. So, here’s our ultimate guide to Edinburgh’s Old Town.
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