Edinburgh, Scotland's Capital
No visit to Britain would be complete without a visit to Edinburgh, Scotland’s Capital City, one of the most beautiful in Europe. It’s a cosmopolitan and cultured city where much of Scotland’s colourful history was written.
Spend time discovering the secrets of the historic old town, guarded by Edinburgh Castle, which sits on a strategic site on castle rock. The highlight of any visit is to see the Scottish Crown Jewels, known as the "Honours of Scotland” which contain the Crown, Sceptre and Sword. Also on display is Stone of Destiny on which the Kings of Scotland were crowned. The historic Royal Mile connects the Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, HM The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. This atmospheric thoroughfare is packed full of historic buildings and mysterious closes and wynds that are just waiting to be explored.
By contrast in the New Town you will find sweeping crescents and grand squares. Princes Street offers superb shopping and delightful gardens to enjoy. Stately George Street boasts designer label shops aplenty!
Edinburgh has a wealth of museums and art galleries to discover. Trace the development of Scotland as a nation from roman times to Dolly the sheep at the National Museum of Scotland. The newly refurbished National Portrait Gallery is devoted to displaying paintings of famous Scots from Mary, Queen of Scots to Sean Connery! The National Galleries complex is conveniently located at the foot of The Mound and contains exquisite old masters and impressionist works as well as touring exhibitions.
This fabulous 2-day package combines return train travel from London to Edinburgh by high speed train, overnight accommodation in the centre of Edinburgh in a superior tourist class hotel, full Scottish breakfast on day 2, a 24 hour ticket for the popular open-top bus tour of Edinburgh and admission to Edinburgh Castle.
There is no better way to discover the beauty of Edinburgh.
The train journeys are unescorted.