It’s not easy to know where to start when you visit Edinburgh. The city is steeped in a history so rich you can feel its echoes to this very day. The center of the city is very compact so it’s ideal for walking around and exploring, but there is an awful lot to see. The medieval Old Town and the Royal Mile, culminating in Edinburgh Castle, and the Georgian New Town were named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. That was in recognition of the unique and mesmerizing architecture on display.
We discussed a possible historical itinerary for Edinburgh before, suggesting a few unmissable attractions for visitors with an interest in the past. This time we are going to run through a top ten list of the best historic sites in Edinburgh. If you’re going to spend a couple of days or more in the city then you should make sure you see them all.
Once called the “Athens of the North” Edinburgh has fascinated tourists for centuries. We know there has been a settlement here as far back as the Bronze Age and the city has grown in a layered fashion with an exciting mixture of structures pointing back to various points in the past. So, get those comfortable walking shoes on, cameras at the ready and umbrellas on standby, as we take a look at some of the wonderful historic sites Edinburgh has to offer.