Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off Bus Map
Foremost, the impressive Edinburgh Castle sits at the top of the Royal Mile, overlooking the city. The castle holds over 3000 years of history within its walls; from being home to Scottish royalty such as Mary Queen of Scots, to Charles I, it has justified itself as a powerful national symbol. However, beware of the one o’clock gun fired from the battlements… the noise reverberates around the city every day except Sunday, Good Friday and Christmas Day.
At the bottom of the Royal Mile sits the Royal Residence, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, which is open to the public except for one week in the summer when the Queen is in residence. When she is in residence, look for the flying Royal Standard of the United Kingdom flag. At all other times, when she is not resident, the Royal Banner of Scotland is flown. The Queen’s Gallery is housed within Holyroodhouse Palace hosting various royal exhibitions.
For the historians amongst us, use the hop on hop off bus Edinburgh to pay a visit to the National Museum of Scotland is a must – exhibiting an extensive collection of Scottish antiquities, culture and history. However beware, it could take all day as it has a huge number of galleries and exhibitions!
How about a visit to one of Edinburgh’s newer attractions, Our Dynamic Earth? This exhibit takes you on a journey through space and time to explore how the planet came into being. You can go on a 4DVENTURE around the world and, if needed, audio guides are also available in several languages.
Of course, you could also visit the oldest attraction in Edinburgh, which is Camera Obscura situated on The Royal Mile. Explore the five floors of over 100 interactive exhibits and amazing optical illusions.
You can get on and off as many times as you wish during the validity period of your ticket, and with multilingual audio commentary learn more about the city as you enjoy the tour around Edinburgh. There’s even a special audio guide for children from Horrible Histories!