Edinburgh Grassmarket guide
Explore Edinburgh's Old Town
Edinburgh's Old Town offers a glimpse into the past and a taste of the present.
Some of the city's oldest structures and most famous historic attractions share space in the Old Town with the quirky restaurants, lively pubs, and live music venues that make Edinburgh special. Edinburgh Castle is visible from almost anywhere in Old Town, as it looms high above the Princes Street Gardens and the Grassmarket. The castle is one of the UK's most iconic structures, towering over the city since the Bronze Age from its perch on a volcanic plug.
At the heart of Old Town Edinburgh is the Royal Mile. This succession of streets extends from Edinburgh Castle downhill to the Palace of Holyrood and Holyrood Park. Built, burned, and rebuilt over the better part of a millennium, the area is still home to great examples of Medieval and Georgian architecture. Today, the Royal Mile is Edinburgh's top tourist area, drawing thousands of visitors year-round -- and even more during the height of the city's summer festival season or winter Hogmanay celebration. Top things to do on the Royal Mile include souvenir shopping, touring the historic closes that once comprised the city's network of alley-like streets.
Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel is located on the Grassmarket. This vibrant public space is home to pubs, cafes, restaurants and impromptu live music performances. Edinburgh Castle, the acclaimed nightlife of Cowgate, and the pastoral green space of Holyrood Park are just a few of the attractions within minutes of the Grassmarket and Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel.
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