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Canongate Church

Edinburgh, EH8 8BN

This delightful church was completed in 1691. It is the church of both the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle.

West Bow Well

Edinburgh, EH1 2HH

This was the first of the well heads built to supply water to the Grassmarket from the reservoir at Castle Hill.

Gladstone's Land (NTS)

Edinburgh, EH1 2NT

The building is the most important example of a 17th-century tenement building to survive in Edinburgh.

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Georgian House (NTS)

Edinburgh, EH2 4DR

The Georgian House is part of Robert Adam's masterpiece of urban design, Charlotte Square. It dates from 1796.

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St Cuthbert’s Church

Edinburgh, EH1 2EP

One of Edinburgh’s oldest churches it has been rebuilt many times.

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Edinburgh, EH8 8DX

The Queen's official residence in Scotland. This baroque palace is closely associated with Scotland's turbulent past.

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Craigmillar Castle (HS)

Craigmillar, Edinburgh, EH16 4SY

Craigmillar is one of the most perfectly preserved late mediaeval castles in Scotland.

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Parliament Square

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

The square takes its name from Parliament House built here in 1641 to house the Scottish Parliament.

Royal High School

Edinburgh, EH4 6JP

Built for the Royal High School, Edinburgh’s oldest school was completed in 1829.

Duke of Wellington Statue

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

This memorial to the Duke of Wellington, victor over the French at the Battle of Waterloo in 1816, was erected in 1852.

Edinburgh City Chambers

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

This impressive building and piazza just off the Royal Mile was designed by John Adam as a forum to transact their business.

Edinburgh Central Library

Edinburgh, EH1 1EG

This is one of the many libraries in the UK founded by Andrew Carnegie.

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Political Martyrs’ Monument

Edinburgh, EH1 3BJ

This 90 foot obelisk, in the Calton Burial Ground, was erected in 1844 in memory of 5 political reformers of the late 1700s.

Newhailes (NTS)

Musselburgh, EH21 6RY

Newhailes contains a fine collection of paintings, including portraits by Medina and Ramsay.

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Balmoral Hotel

Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ

This prominent Edinburgh landmark, known until the 1980s as the North British Hotel, was a traditional railway hotel.

1 Canongate Church Edinburgh, EH8 8BN
2 West Bow Well Edinburgh, EH1 2HH
3 Gladstone's Land (NTS) Edinburgh, EH1 2NT 3 stars
4 Georgian House (NTS) Edinburgh, EH2 4DR 4 stars
5 St Cuthbert’s Church Edinburgh, EH1 2EP
6 Palace of Holyroodhouse Edinburgh, EH8 8DX
7 Craigmillar Castle (HS) Craigmillar, Edinburgh, EH16 4SY 4 stars
8 Parliament Square Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
9 Royal High School Edinburgh, EH4 6JP
10 Duke of Wellington Statue Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
11 Edinburgh City Chambers Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
12 Edinburgh Central Library Edinburgh, EH1 1EG
13 Political Martyrs’ Monument Edinburgh, EH1 3BJ
14 Newhailes (NTS) Musselburgh, EH21 6RY
15 Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ

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