Royal Mile

Royal Mile, Edinburgh: Hours, Address, Royal Mile Reviews: 4.5/5

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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Stretch of road connecting Edinburgh Castle with Holyrood Palace, the Queen's residence in Scotland.
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More than 3 hours
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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R. K. V.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam1,946 contributions
May 2022 • Family
Few cities have such a clear gravitational pull. This area is so compact but holds so much at the same time. Amazing and worth the trip
Written 26 May 2022
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Marti Woodward
6 contributions
May 2022 • Family
We spent two days up and down the Royal Mile. The history and witch tour was fascinating. The food was great. The shops were delightful, especially The Wyrd Shop. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. Holyrood was amazing and the castle was such a beautiful backdrop to it all.
We just loved the whole street!
Written 24 May 2022
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Steffie
Manchester, UK534 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Very busy and rather expensive on the mile, somethings were cheaper a few shops behind the mile area. But still nice to visit
Written 23 May 2022
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7PeasPatty
Eden Prairie, MN95 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
Lots of shops catering to products of Scotland immersed with great eateries. Throughout Old Town and the Royal Mile are spots specific to the Harry Potter Series. Fun exploring.
Written 22 May 2022
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Marina S
Vancouver, Canada16 contributions
May 2022
4 streets which named Royal mile - must see in Edinburgh together with Edinburgh castle. Great place to walk, view beautiful churches and houses, shop, drink and it. It is also plenty of interesting museums.
Written 21 May 2022
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buggzee
Epsom, UK132 contributions
May 2022
A stroll through history along this road dominated by restaurants, bars and cashmere shops. Don't forget to look up at the impressive architecture.
Written 20 May 2022
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Carol B
Fayetteville, AR10 contributions
May 2022
We spent a few days and we could have spent more. There is so much to see and do; and so many places to eat. Everyone was so friendly.
Written 19 May 2022
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Samiya7
Deerfield Beach, FL1,039 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
A nice and long street filled with Harry Potter Gothic looking buildings, historical sites, souvenir shops, restaurants and street performers. Well worth a visit.
Written 17 May 2022
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EffieMew123
Austin, TX57 contributions
Nov 2021
There's just so much to see along the royal mile. There are at least a couple of large shopping center areas, big cathedrals, restaurants, pubs, and small shops. You can also see several monuments along the path including Edinburgh castle. It's really a nice place to walk if you are trying to experience Edinburgh quickly (like within a day, as we were). Of course there are many other cool streets and areas to visit if you have the time, but if it's a short stay I would definitely prioritize taking a walk along the royal mile.
Written 16 May 2022
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LezliC
St. Neots, UK366 contributions
May 2022
The buildings that line the Royal Mile are tall and brooding but the abundance of souvenir shops , the cashmere, tweed and tartan clothes shops are too numerous. Don’t get me started on the whisky retailers. A bit tacky in my opinion.
Written 15 May 2022
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