In a commanding position, overlooking the city from the top of a dormant volcano, Edinburgh Castle is the most popular attraction in the city and welcomes nearly 1.5 million visitors every year. Visitors are drawn to the unrivalled views, the 800 years of history within the castle walls, and the highlight of any visit – the glorious crown, sceptre and Sword of State that make up the Scottish Crown Jewels. Be sure to time your visit for 1pm to hear the boom of the ‘One O’Clock Gun’ firing!
The Palace of Holyroodhouse
The official Scottish residence of The Queen provides not only a captivating look at the living and entertaining spaces of royals through the ages, but also a chance to see some of the finest artworks in the Royal Collection. Take a tour of the beautiful State Apartments, including the Throne Room, used for official luncheons attended by knights and ladies, the Morning Room in which a private audience with HM The Queen takes place, and the fabulous artworks of the Great Gallery are housed. Arguably the only historical Holyroodhouse resident more famous than Queen Elizabeth II is Mary Queen of Scots, and a tour of her chambers is a fascinating insight into 16th century royal history.
The Royal Yacht Britannia
There’s arguably no finer way to experience the high life than with a visit to the Queen’s former yacht – over the years the ship has hosted countless world leaders, fellow royals and members of high society. As well as the luxury of the State Apartments, Royal Bedrooms, the Sun Lounge and the Royal Deck Tea Room, you’ll also get to experience what life was like ‘below stairs’ with access to the laundry room, the medical centre, the spectacular engine room, and even the on-board garage that houses the yacht’s resident Rolls Royce!
Hop-on-hop-off Bus Tour
Your Royal Edinburgh Ticket includes 48 hours of unlimited travel on Edinburgh’s sightseeing bus tours – use the buses to get to the three royal attractions, and see the other sights of the beautiful city centre along your way.