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Tourists from around the world flock to Edinburgh due to its picturesque streets, historical buildings, and of course the bustling Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Hogmanay festivities. Between the months of July and September, the population multiplies thanks to the Fringe, and Princes, George, and Queens Street are heaving with sightseers.
The impressive Edinburgh Castle is actually built on top of an extinct volcano, and dates back to the 12th century. It is located within the Royal Mile, a series of streets that surround the castle and make up the Old Town. Cobblestone streets and alleyways are main features of the area. The Old Town is also home to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, which is still the Queen’s official Scottish residence.
The National Gallery of Modern Art houses exhibitions by contemporary artists, and if you’re a fan of museums the Museum of Scotland is nearby. Alternatively there are dozens of independent restaurants and cafes, as well as quirky shops, pubs, jazz bars and music venues dotted around.
The New Town is mostly residential but is still worth wandering around its beautiful squares and wide streets. Another main area is Leith, famous for being the setting of ‘Trainspotting’. Despite this reputation the area is now awash with trendy gastro-pubs, waterfront bars, and restaurants.