Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Take Your T Seat for a Capital Trip

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Take Your T Seat for a Capital Trip

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FROM the crowning glory of its castle to the medieval cobbled streets of the Old Town, cities don't come much more picturesque than Edinburgh.

Thousands of visitors flood in every summer for the cultural jamboree of the International Festival and Fringe and at New Year for the Hogmanay celebrations.

But strip the festivities away and it's still a vibrant destination to visit at any time of year, with a rich history, top museums and galleries, world-class dining and buzzing nightlife offering something for everyone.

MUST SEES FOR FREE: Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat There's no better view of the city to be had than from Arthur's Seat, the dormant volcano and ancient hill fort that towers above it.

About an hour's hike to the top, it is well worth the climb for the sweeping vistas across the city and out to the North Sea.

The summit is also home to an ancient hill fort. The hill forms part of the 640-acre Holyrood Park, where you can also visit the medieval ruins of St Anthony's Chapel.

Royal Botanic Garden Founded in 1670, as a physic garden, this colourful attraction is world renowned for its horticultural excellence.

Set over 70 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, the garden is a tranquil haven just a stone's throw from the city centre.

From the elegant Victorian Temperate Palm House to the largest collection of wild-origin Chinese plants outside China, there is so much to see.

A walk through the Arboretum, in the former grounds of Inverleith House, is a must in autumn, when the changing colours and falling leaves make it one of the most spectacular times to visit.

TOP SEES FOR A FEE: Edinburgh Castle Perched on a rocky crag overlooking the city, the historic fortress dominates Edinburgh's stunning skyline.

Built in the 12th century on the site of an Iron Age hill fort, countless battles and sieges have been fought over it and generations of royalty have lived and died within its walls.

Visitors can see Britain's oldest crown jewels, the stone of destiny upon which kings were enthroned for centuries, and stand under the Great Hall's magnificent hammerbeam roof.

Used as a military base from 1600, it is also home to Scotland's National War Museum and War Memorial as well as two regimental museums. …

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