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Edinburgh Old Town/The Royal Mile

Royal Mile, Edinburgh, UK
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Edinburgh Old Town/The Royal Mile

Linking Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse two kilometers to the east, the Royal Mile runs through the heart of the city's medieval Old Town. Off either side of the street—which goes by different names as it descends—ancient alleys and stairwells drop ever more precipitously. Despite some tourist-trap elements, this boulevard is a must-see for its well-preserved architectural heritage—St. Giles' Cathedral and John Knox House, in particular—as well as its plethora of shops, pubs and restaurants.