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Edinburgh City Centre

Edinburgh is the breathtakingly beautiful capital of Scotland, an exciting place to visit at any time of year. Edinburgh offers you superb sightseeing, historic buildings to explore, quiet galleries and museums to intrigue you, thrilling new attractions to discover, serious shopping, a vast choice of excellent restaurants, bistros, wine bars, pubs and cafes, and nightlife to suit all tastes. When the Picts built a fort on a volcanic crag in the 5th century, to protect Scotland from the invading Angles of Northumberland, Edinburgh's history began. The present castle was built on the site by Michael Canmore (1057-93);his wife St. Margaret built the chapel which you can still visit today.

Edinburgh Castle

A majestic landmark which dominates the capital city's skyline just as it has dominated Scotland's long and colourful history. Edinburgh Castle is the best known and most visited of Historic Scotland's buildings. Perched on an extinct volcano and offering stunning views, this instantly recognisable fortress is a powerful national symbol, and part of Edinburgh's World Heritage Site. A rich mix of architectural styles reflects the castle's complex history and role as both stronghold and seat of Kings. The tiny St Margaret's Chapel, Edinburgh's oldest building, dates from the 1100s.

National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland is a striking and impressive achievement, beautifully framed by its surroundings, Edinburgh's Old and New Towns, and the landscape beyond. From the museum's roof-top, visitors will have an unrivalled view of the historical as well as architectural context of the building. Edinburgh Castle, Greyfriars Kirk, the Scott Monument, the spires and pinnacles of the city, the sea, and the hills beyond interact with the museum, reinforcing its role as a central point in the nation's heritage, a protector of Scotland's treasures.

Georgian House - Edinburgh

The Georgian House is part of Robert Adam's masterpiece of urban design, Charlotte Square. It dates from 1796, when those who could afford it began to escape from the cramped, squalid conditions of Edinburgh's Old Town to settle in the fashionable New Town. The first owner, John Lamont, 18th Chief of the Clan Lamont, lived here with his family until 1815. The house's collections of beautiful china, shining silver, paintings and furniture all reflect the domestic surroundings and social conditions of the times. In the audio-visual room, video programmes describe the history of the New Town and in more dramatic form A Day in the Life of The Georgian House.

Edinburgh Playhouse

The Edinburgh Playhouse is a former cinema which now hosts plays/musicals as well as touring music and musical concerts. Its capacity is 3,059, making it the largest UK’s working theatre in terms of audience capacity.