The History of Leith

November 13, 2004

Attractions of Edinburgh

Along the Royal Mile–Old Town’s Royal Mile stretches from Edinburgh Castle all the way to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and bears four names along its length: Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street, and Canongate. Walking along, you’ll see some of the most interesting old structures in the city, with turrets, gables, and towering chimneys. Take bus no. 1, 6, 23, 27, 30, 34, or 36 to reach it.

A Note on Museum Hours–Be aware that many museums that are usually closed on Sunday are open on Sunday during the Edinburgh Festival. Some museums that open only in summer are also open on public holidays.

Britannia: The People’s Yacht–In case Queen Elizabeth II never invited you to sail aboard her 125m (412-ft.) yacht, you still have a chance to board this famous vessel since the gangplank has been lowered for the public. The luxury Britannia was launched on April 16, 1953, sailed more than a million miles, and was decommissioned on December 11, 1997. Today, the ship rests at anchor in the port of Leith, 3km (2 miles) from Edinburgh’s center.

You reach the vessel by going through a visitor center designed by Sir Terence Conran. Once on board, you’re guided around all five decks by an audio tour. You can walk the decks where Prince Charles and Princess Diana strolled on their honeymoon, visit the drawing room and the Royal Apartments, and explore the engine room, the galleys, and the captain’s cabin.

For more information go to the link on the rhs

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