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Calton Hill: (Edinburgh)
333 feet high and at the East end of Princes Street, Calton Hill has the best views of Edinburgh. It is covered with an assortment of monuments including the Burns monument and the National monument, which was the city's lame attempt at copying the Parthenon out of respect for those who died in the Napoleonic wars. You can also find the city's observatory, built in 1818, where you can watch a 20-minute 3D audio/visual that will take you through the history of Edinburgh - open daily April to October 10.00am - 5.00pm. Tickets £2/1.20.
Camera obscura (Easter-October) (Edinburgh)
This structure is the largest of its type in the world. It was made in the 1980s, and was built from a plan of the original. The device allows one to view the mountains, bays and town from different magnifications. The camera can either be reached by a steep walk or by the cliff railway.
Edinburgh Castle (Edinburgh)
The castle, seen from just about anywhere, and open daily, offers beautiful views across the city. Its foundations date back to 850BC and it is still home to the Scottish Army division. You will find it at the Western end of Royal Mile and is definitely worth visiting.
Greyfriars Kirk (Edinburgh)
Famous for the story of the little Skye terrier who visited his masters grave for 14 years. See their graves and a statue of the terrier in this small and haunting church, which provides peace and solitude away from the bustle of Edinburgh's main streets.
National Gallery of Scotland: (Edinburgh)
Built in the 1850's the gallery houses many important works of art. There are collections of European art from Renaissance to Postimpressionism. You will also find works by Rubens, Gainsborough, Rembrandt, Constable, Monet and Cezanne amongst others. The gallery is open Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm and Sunday 2.00pm to 5.00pm and is free. Scottish Tourist Board City Centre Representatives are available on the streets to guide you advice on where to eat, where to shop, the best places for music, a guide to museums and galleries and advice on which attractions to visit. You will find them throughout the day at Royal Mile, Waverley Bridge and Princes Street.
Royal Mile: (Edinburgh)
Royal Mile which runs from Edinburgh Castle at the Western end to Holyrood Palace is a wide thoroughfare. Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe, described it as "perhaps the largest, longest and finest street for buildings and number of inhabitants, not in Britain only, but in the world". Royal Mile is a stunning street with buildings dating back to the 16th Century. Each little 'tucked away' alley is worth exploring, as you never know what wonders you will find. If you can manage to ignore all the touristy shops you will discover a fascinating insight into this thriving city.

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