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*'''Gladstone's Land''' [], in the Lawnmarket at the top of the Royal Mile. It is a 17th century Old Town tenement (known as a 'Land') decorated with period furniture. It has an impressive painted ceiling.
*'''Greyfriars Kirkyard''' is a very old graveyard in Old Town off the Southwest corner of George IV Bridge. It contains some impressive, ancient grave markers and fantastic views of the surrounding Old Town. Many folk, of course, will be drawn here by its links to '''Greyfriars Bobby''', that loyal little dog brought to worldwide fame by Walt Disney.
*The '''Scottish Parliament'''[], (eastern end of the Royal Mile, opposite the Palace of Holyrood House)— A unique building (designed by the Spanish (Catalan) architect Enric Miralles) with a £431 million price tag which is much higher than the original back-of-an-envelope estimate. Highly controversial among Scots, who consider it either a daring showpiece of postmodern architecture or a national embarrassment. Free access to an exhibition, and the Debating Chamber on non-business days. It is necessary to get (free) tickets to watch the Parliament in session from the Public Gallery. [[Image:Parliament Debating Chamber.JPG|thumb|Debating Chamber, Scottish Parliament]]
* Walk down the '''Royal Mile''' from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Royal Mile is the backbone of the sixteenth century Old Town] and most of the buildings date from this period. Take the time to divert from the main route down some of the many small "closes" that run off the Royal Mile to each side. There are plenty of bars along the length of the Royal Mile, where you can relax over a pint of Edinburgh Ale and/or a classic single malt.
* Walk around '''Holyrood Park''' which is just East of the Old Town. Created by King James the VI in the 16th century, it is like a Scottish landscape in miniature, containing '''Arthur's Seat''' [], an extinct volcano with wonderful views from the summit, three lochs, and the stunning '''Salisbury Crags'''.
* Follow a ghost walk around the back streets surrounding The Royal Mile and learn about the sinister goings on of Edinburgh's past. These tours are generally excellent and are highly recommended.
You don't need to go to the faceless chain stores and multinationals that line the main shopping streets in the New Town. Support local Edinburgh businesses and take home a fantastic and unique memento of your trip.
* '''Victoria Street''', and the east end of the '''Grassmarket''' is where the Old Town's best shopping experience can be found. A clutch of independent business can be found here, and it is highly recommended that you avoid overpriced tourist traps on the Royal Mile and make a beeline for here. The best include '''Oddities'''[], a must visit for the Scottish hipster, '''Analogue'''[], a fantastic bookstore/art-space, '''Red Door Gallery'''[], where some of the quirkiest (and best) gifts in Edinburgh can be purchased. Last but not least, '''Armstrongs'''[], a local institution, has all the vintage clothing you could ever want.
*'''Cockburn Street''' (pronounced "co-burn") has many small alternative shops. '''Avalanche'''[] is one of the city's best independent music stores. Support your local record shop! '''Route One'''[] is a great skate/alt clothing store. '''Whiplash Trash''', as the name suggests, is one of the Old Town's more risque stores. '''Beyond Words'''[] is a brilliant bookstore specialising in photographic titles. You will not be disappointed. '''Underground Solushn''' is a great little record store dealing mainly in dance/electro music.
* <eat name="Kebab Mahal" alt="Smarter than your average Kebab Shop - and an Edinburgh institution" address="7 Nicolson Street" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Great value "diner" type establishment which serves excellent kebabs as well as some of the best curries in town, all at rock-bottom prices. Eat in or take-away. Run by Muslims so there are lots of vegetarian options but no alcohol license. Popular with students as it's close to the University - don't let them have it to themselves!</eat>
*Baked potatoes (tatties) are also a Scottish staple. Some say the best in town can be found at the ''Tempting Tattie'', 18 Jeffrey Street. A tattie stuffed with enough fillings for a family of 4 can be had for under 5 pounds.
*'''Meadowood Oriental Cafe''', 15 Bread Street Edinburgh[]. Only a five minute walk from Princess street, Meadowood has a fantastic range of juices, soups, and is probably one of Edinburgh best secrets. The prices are very reasonable and the staff are incredibly friendly. Meadowood is an absolute must visit!
*'''Oink''', 34 Victoria Street. This small eatery does one thing, the pulled pork sandwich, and it does it extremely well. No chips, no crisps, no sides, just pork, sauces and a roll. It's quite cheap, with 5 pounds getting you a sandwich and a drink. Well worth checking out for meat lovers.
*'''Relish''', 217 High Street []. For great burgers.
* Among a good Chinese restaurants is the '''The Panda Inn''' in Bruntsfield just 100 metres up from The Kings Theatre.
* Round the side of the Kings Theatre is the excellent '''Back Stage Bistro'''. Small, so book ahead. BYOB - "Scotmid" Store right across the road.
*One of Edinburgh's more famous cafes is '''The Elephant House''' [], which shamelessly cashes in on being where J.K. Rowling wrote much of the first Harry Potter book. 21 George IV Bridge.
*'''reform''', 267 Canongate, The Royal Mile []. They brand themselves as being "consistently different". Food is often unusual, always fresh. Most dishes are offered in starter and main course sizes, which is a great idea if you're finding it hard to choose.
*'''The Witchery Restaurant''' []. Just beside Edinburgh Castle, The Witchery is a small, beautiful candle-lit restaurant with fantastic food, excellent service and a wonderful wine list. Even their bread basket is a standout. Highly recommended, but expensive.
* There are many famous "traditional" pubs on the '''Grassmarket'''. Beware, however: these pubs are tourist traps and tend to be very popular with visiting stag and hen parties. Real Edinburghers tend to keep clear most of the time, other than to visit '''Dragonfly[]''', a trendy and well-hidden cocktail lounge just up the street on West Port, which is arguably the city's best bar. This does mean, of course, that it can often get very crowded.
* The Royal Mile is another tourist trap, with many pubs here just not worth the bother. However, make time to visit '''The Jolly Judge''' on James Court, just off the Lawnmarket, and '''Albanach''', which is on the corner of Cockburn Street and the High Street.
* Around George IV bridge you will find another selection of cool lounges including '''Villager''', '''Vodka Revolution''', and '''Bar Kohl'''. '''Villager[]''' is brought to you by the same people who own '''Dragonfly''' (see above), and is consequently well worth a visit.
* On the cusp between the Old and New Towns is '''The Wash''' which is situated near the top of the Mound. Popular with a slightly older crowd than you'll find in such a student-orientated city, it is quite a lively nightspot.
* '''The Bongo Club[]''' is also well worth a mention for travelers. A short hike down Holyrood Road towards the new Scottish Parliament, this is a great cafe style bar cum live music venue, with excellent club nights, especially the popular "Fast Punk Club".
* '''Cabaret Voltaire[]''' on Blair Street is one of the city's most respected clubs, and also hosts regular gigs. Club nights are eclectic and cater to all tastes.
* '''GRV []''' is a relatively new bar/club, situated on Guthrie Street (just down the alley that leads to the Cowgate). It describes itself as "an urban sanctuary for multi-media arts, creative culture and music in Edinburgh’s city-centre", but don't let that put you off, it is an excellent bar and venue.
* '''The Liquid Room[]''' is one of Edinburgh's most established nightclubs, and is situated on Victoria Street. It plays host to both regular gigs and popular club nights. "Evol", which takes place on a Friday night, is a well respected indie night. For a cheaper, more student orientated indie night, try their Wednesday night club "Indigo".
* Yellow Card at '''The Tron''' (on Hunter Square) will cost you only £2 if you are a student but gives you discount on almost every drink in the pub. The same card can be use with many other pubs around the country with a Yellow Card sign (the other "Yellow Card" pub in Edinburgh is '''The Crags''', situated opposite the Commonwealth Pool on Dalkeith Road).
* General debauchery can be found on the '''Cowgate''' which runs under the South and George IV bridges. Numerous clubs and bars line this street, which gets very, very crowded at weekends. '''Rush''', which is situated on Robertson's Close just off the Western end of the Cowgate, has cheap drinks deals all the time, and is a favourite with students at the nearby halls of residence. '''Faith''' is a standard nightclub, with reasonably priced drinks, but sadly, not many other redeeming qualities. '''Siglo''' is just across from Faith, and is a similar establishment.
*<drink name="Opium " alt="" address="71 Cowgate, EH1 1JW" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="8pm-3am" price="free" lat="" long="">Opium is one of the staples of the Cowgate and a haven for those of a more alternative persuasion. The music is rock, with a jukebox downstairs and a DJ upstairs. It runs a popular rock karaoke night on Mondays. Opium has very cheap drinks details and gets very busy on the weekends.</drink>
* '''Doctors''' and '''Sandy Bells''' on Forest Road offer good ales and pub food in a relaxed atmosphere. '''Sandy Bells''' also has live folk music every night.* '''The Pear Tree''' offers a great beer garden for summer months, and a mix of university students and residents all year round. Or check out '''The Blind Poet''' next door.*<drink name="The Jazz Bar" alt="" address="1A Chambers Street" directions="(just off South Bridge)" phone="+44 (0) 131 220 4298" url="" hours="3am 7 nights" price="" lat="" long="">Edinburgh's famous, quadruple award-winning live music venue has a lovely warm internal ambience and wide-ranging audience demographic. Featuring a lot more than 'jazz', there's multiple back-to-back gigs a day, seven nights a week, with acoustic, jazz, funk/soul and other good music, to 3am every night. A popular weekly feature is their Monday night 17-piece Big Band.</drink>
* '''Budget Backpackers Edinburgh''', 37-39 Cowgate []. Regularly voted top 5 in the world due to its cheerful and friendly staff and modern amenities. It's a bit crowded and don't expect the internet to work. From £18.
* '''Euro Hostel Edinburgh''', Kincaid's Court, Guthrie Street, ☎ +44 (0)8454 900 461845 490 0461, []. Euro Hostels Edinburgh is located in the Cowgate and open every summer from June 8th until September 2nd. Budget accommodation in 43 apartments used as student residences during term time.
* '''Merith House''' [] has special offers at times as low as £40 for a double, check other websites
*'''Brodies Hostels''', 93 High St []. Perfect location on the Royal mile. Clean, safe and friendly! +44(0)131 556 2223.*'''Ibis Edinburgh''', 6 Hunter Square []. Ibis Edinburgh Centre hotel is a budget hotel, just off the Royal Mile, within walking distance of the sights and nightlife of Edinburgh. Tel. (+44)1316192800
*'''Ceilidh-donia''', 14-16 Marchall Crescent, 0131 667 2743 []. £30-50pppn. Friendly, clean hotel with free internet and a really good breakfast. 15 minutes walk from the old town.
* <sleep name="Citybase Edinburgh Apartments" alt="" address="Blackfriars Street ??" directions="" phone="0845 226 9831" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://" checkin="" checkout="" price="From £65 per night to £310 per night">Over 60 apartments available, in 25 individual apartment blocks. All apartments are in city centre locations, and all are en-suite.</sleep>
*'''The Dunedin Guest House''', Priestfield Road, West of Old Town, tel +44 (0)131 668 1949, []. This is relatively expensive (around £50-£90 for a double room), but with a beautiful decor and friendly staff.*'''The Bruntsfield Hotel''', 69 Bruntsfield Place, tel +44 (0)131 229 1393 []. Traditional boutique hotel with an award winning restaurant. From £65 per night*'''The Melvin House Hotel''', 3 Rothesay Terrace, tel +44 (0)131 225-5084 []. Traditional hotel with lovely views. From £79 per night*'''Meadowmile Apartments''', The Meadows, Edinburgh tel +44 (0)20 8630 7200 []. Really nice apartments suitable for anyone and works out cheaper than a hotel for two or more people.
* <sleep name="Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh" alt="" address="80 High Street, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1TH" directions="" phone="+44 131 557 9797" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Hotel on the historic Royal Mile.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Ten Hill Place Hotel" alt="" address="10 Hill Place" directions="" phone="+44 (0)131 662 2080" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="From £68 per night" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Award winning hotel created from a fusion of a traditional Edinburgh Georgian terrace with a modern and fairly stylish new development, 78 bedrooms no less, and 3 stars too.</sleep>
*'''Novotel Edinburgh Centre Hotel''', 80 Lauriston Place, tel (+44)131/6192801619 2801, []
* '''ibis Edinburgh Centre''' 6 Hunter Square, Off Royal Mile, EH1 1QW. Tel. (+44)1316192800 131 619 2800 ( Ibis Edinburgh Centre hotel is a budget hotel, just off the Royal Mile.
*'''The Sheraton Grand Hotel''', 21 Festival Square, tel +44 (0)131 229 9131. Luxurious opulence in the heart of Edinburgh. Against the backdrop of majestic Edinburgh Castle, the Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa combines city centre convenience with warm Scottish hospitality.
*'''The Witchery by the Castle''' At the top of the Royal Mile, a stones throw from the Castle itself, is the divine, enchanting and unbelievably luxurious Witchery. A stay here even for one night is a memorable experience and one that you will treasure forever. Based in buildings dating from the 13th Century, each of the eight suites is individually themed, lavishly furnished, opulently finished and have to be experienced to be understood. It is extremely expensive though, but for a very special occasion it simply cannot be beaten. You never know, you may be sleeping in a huge four-poster bed previously occupied by the likes of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas!
*'''Radisson Blu Hotel''', 80 High St, The Royal Mile [] tel +44 (0)131 557 9797. Located less than a five-minute walk from major shopping and business districts, and the Edinburgh International Conference Centre is only a short taxi ride away.
*'''Hotel Missoni''',1 George IV Bridge EH1 1AD[] tel +44 (0)131 220 6666. Situated on the Royal Mile and designed by Rosita Missoni.
* <listing name="Central Library" alt="" directions="Opposite the National Library of Scotland" address="George IV Bridge" phone="0131 242 8137" email="[email protected]" fax="0131 242 8009" url="" hours="Mo-Th: 10AM-7:45PM, Fr: 10AM-4:45, Sa: 9AM-12:45PM. Closed Sun" price="Free (Charge for printing)">The Learning Centre at the Central Library has 16 computers with free internet access, also MS Office applications. If there are no PC's free when you visit it's possible to reserve a slot later that day.</listing>
*'''The Jolly Judge''' [], 7 James Court, Lawnmarket (Royal Mile, near the Castle), tel 0131 225 2669, open daily, mid-afternoon until 11:30PM (later on weekends). No computers, but free wireless connection for those with the right equipment and know-how (no support); may be too busy on Thursdays and weekends for extended web sessions.
*'''The Forest''' [], 3 Bristo Place, tel 0131 220 4538, open daily 10AM-12PM. Two computers and wireless connection for free. You probably have to wait for a while, but as it is a bar, you can enjoy a coffee while waiting.
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