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The Scottish capital of Edinburgh is a beautiful hilly city. It is an inspiring city with a very rich history, world class culture and an amazing architecture. Edinburgh today is a vibrant modern city, but has still kept its old charm. It has a very attractive Old Town dating back from medieval times, and a classy Georgian new part of town full of neoclassical buildings and beautiful gardens. Both of them are protected by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Standing over the city is the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, city`s top tourist attraction. Inside the fortress you will find a chapel dating back from the 12th century and the Great Hall dating from the 16th century. Edinburgh Castle houses the National War Museum of Scotland and it still serves as an army base.
Edinburgh is good to visit at any time of the year. August is the warmest and busiest month with lots of Festivals. The city is full of tourists then and the atmosphere is really cheerful. Winters are mild, and Edinburgh is also very attractive in the period before Christmas and around New Year. May and June are pleasantly warm and are ideal months for going on sightseeing tours. Months of October and November usually receive most of the rainfall.
Edinburgh is full of attractions and interesting places. National Museum of Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland are two great places to visit. The galleries contain very large collections of Scottish art, while the museum has almost ten thousand different objects on display. The museum is also attractive for the children due to the many interactive displays and the Adventure Planet section. Edinburgh Zoo is one of the best European zoos full of wildlife attractions. There are over thousand animals inside, including the largest pool of penguins in Europe.
The Palace of Holyrood House has impressive architecture and in the Gallery you can visit many exhibitions throughout the year. The Royal Yacht Britannia is located in the historic port of Edinburgh and once served as a floating residence for the Queen and her family. Today you will find a top class museum there. The Scottish Parliament and the St Giles' Cathedral are a couple of other attractive places well worth seeing. A trip to Scotland would not be complete without going through the Scotch Whisky Experience tour. This attractive tour will take you through the whole process of making whiskey, you will learn about whiskey-producing regions, and the tour finishes with tasting different kinds of top Scotch whiskeys.
From Edinburgh you can also take interesting excursions to nearby places. Melrose is about one hour drive away from Edinburgh. This nice town lies on the banks of Tweed River and it has a nice abbey dating from the 12th century. North Berwick is a nice seaside town about forty kilometers away from Edinburgh. You can check out this place if you are interested in going on beautiful long beaches, playing golf on fantastic courses, or enjoy stunning sea views from the Berwick Law hill. Also close nearby is the medieval Tantallon Castle, dating back from the 14th century.
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