|Edinburgh - Top Attractions
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Museum of Childhood :
Built in 1995, the museum displays charting the childhood experience
down the ages, space to lay and themed temporary exhibitions. Some
of the pieces are relatively recent, so the visit can be a nostalgia
trip too. Visitors can buy Mementoes for their near and dear one.
The museum brings smiles to your face and kids love it. Toys, games,
books, memorabilia and countless other objects are crammed into
the four floors.
Edinburgh Castle :
The castle one of the most popular attractions and the most visited
ancient monuments in the UK. It has breathtaking views of Edinburgh
and tons to interest young and old alike - the Great Hall and Royal
Apartments, the Crown Room, the Half Moon Battery, statues of Robert
the Bruce and William Wallace, and the Esplanade to name but a few.
The castle is home to Scotland's most famous cannon - a 15th century
monstrosity called Mons Meg, which is fired every day (except Sunday).
The castle is overrun with tourists, and the views are great, it's
more impressive from the outside looking in.
Although the castle looks invulnerable, it often changed hands between
the Scots and English throughout the centuries.
Edinburgh Zoo :
The Zoo is no doubt a favorite place for children with: Asiatic
lions, South American monkeys, zebras, funky little marmosets and
various breed of animals - a sure-fire hit for adults too. Penguins
are the jewel in Edinburgh Zoo's crown, Visitors will love to see
them make a regular parade outside their enclosure at 2pm (March-October)
when weather permits. Or they can be viewed swimming underwater
in the world's biggest penguin pool.
People who have a liking to adventure can take a safari ride in
an open-sided trailer.
There's a great little gift shop with lots of affordable goodies,
and a handy coffee shop/restaurant.
Royal Mile :
The Royal Mile is one of the world's most fascinating streets,
a ridge that runs from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace, People
can enjoy the tantalizing glimpses of the Old and New Towns through
the entrances and alleyways on either side of the ridge.
The street is lined with extraordinary buildings, including multistoried
tenements dating from the 15th century.
Not far off is the Highland Tolbooth Kirk, a church that boasts
the tallest spire (71.7m, 239ft) on one of Edinburgh's highest points.
Opposite the Kirk are the Assembly Rooms of the Church of Scotland,
which are the temporary home of the new Scottish Parliament. On
High St just east of the crossroads of Bank St and George IV Bridge
lies Parliament Square, which is largely filled by St Giles' Cathedral.
Inside the church, near the entrance, is a life-size statue of John
Knox, minister from 1559 to 1572; from here he preached his uncompromising
Calvinist message and launched the Scottish Reformation.
Royal Museum :
The Royal Museum of Scotland, on Chambers St, is a Victorian
building whose grey, solid exterior contrasts with its large, bright,
galleried entrance hall of slim wrought-iron columns and glass roof.
The museum houses an eclectic, comprehensive series of exhibitions.
These range from the natural world (evolution, mammals, geology,
fossils) to scientific and industrial technological development
- with one section featuring the world's oldest
steam locomotive, Wylam Dilly (1813) - to the decorative arts of
ancient Egypt, Islam, China, Japan, Korea and the west. The adjacent
Museum of Scotland, opened in 1998, houses archaeological artifacts
from the old Museum of Antiquities. It shows the history of Scotland
in chronological order starting with the country's earliest history
in the basement.