The top landmarks of Edinburgh
Considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities, the Scottish capital city, Edinburgh is an astonishing urban travel destination. With dozens of visitor attractions and things to do, Edinburgh is a favorite destination for the lovers of sightseeing. Are you planning a visit to this magnificent city? Well, if you do, I suggest you to read the following guide before traveling. Below I will present you the top landmarks of Edinburgh which are undoubtedly worth visiting.
The city is divided into two major parts: the Old Town and the New Town. Both include important landmarks of which some are the following: Edinburgh Castle, St Giles’ Cathedral, Holyrood Palace, the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh Zoo and others.
One of the major landmarks of the city, Edinburgh Castle is an astonishing visitor attraction. The castle sits on top of Castle Rock, dominating Edinburgh’s skyline. It is a significant symbol of both Edinburgh and Scotland, hosting the famous annual event named Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The castle is considered Scotland’s most popular paid visitor attraction, attracting about thousands or even millions of tourists yearly.It includes restaurants, cafes, shops and several historical displays. From April to September it is open from 9:30 to 18:00 and from October to March from 9:30 to 17:00. (April 2013)
St Giles’ Cathedral
Another astonishing landmark of Edinburgh is the beautiful St Giles’ Cathedral. Dedicated to the patron saint of the city, Saint Giles, the cathedral is the most important religious building of Scotland. Both the exterior and interior of the church are breathtaking. The opening hours of the cathedral vary depending on season. From May to September it is open for visitors Monday to Friday from 9:00 until 19:00, on Saturdays from 9:00 to 17:00 and Sundays from 13:00 to 17:00. (April 2013)
Holyrood Palace is well-known for being the residence of the United Kingdom’s Monarch in Scotland. It includes the ruins of the Holyrood Abbey which is very popular among visitors. The beautiful medieval palace is a popular landmark and visitor attraction of Edinburgh. It can be visited January to March from 9:30 to 16:30, April to October from 9:30 to 18:00, November to December from 9:30 to 16:30. (April 2013)
The Scottish National Gallery
As one of the most important art galleries of Scotland, the Scottish National Gallery is a significant visitor attraction of Edinburgh. It is housed in a wonderful neoclassical building in the city centre. The art gallery includes fantastic fine arts collection dating from the Renaissance times. It can be visited daily from 10:00 to 17:00. (April 2013)
The astonishing Edinburgh Zoo attracts over 600.000 of visitors every year, being the second most famous paid-for attraction of Scotland. The huge zoo is home to numerous species of animals including Giant pandas, koalas, penguins, big cats, rhinos, monkeys, different species of birds and so on. The amazing zoo is open daily from 9:00 to 18:00 (April to September), to 17:00 (October and March) and to 16:30 (November to February). (April 2013)