Accommodation in Edinburgh

National Galleries of Scotland

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The National Galleries of Scotland

The National Gallery of Scotland is located in the middle of Princes Street. An elaborate edifice, it stands on the ‘Mound’ between the two sections of Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens.The archive and study facilities at the National Gallery include the Prints and Drawings Collection of over 30,000 works on paper, from the early Renaissance to the late nineteenth century; and the reference-only research library, which is available to the general public.
The library covers the period from 1300 to 1900 and holds approximately 50,000 volumes of books, journals, slides, and photographs, as well as archived material relating to the collections, exhibitions and history of the National Gallery.

Our Dynamic Earth

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Dynamic Earth

The Dynamic Earth is a state-of-the-art science museum dedicated to Mother Earth with interactive exhibitions and activities about earthquakes, volcanoes, icebergs, rainforests and dinosaurs. It is a perfect indoor activity for the whole family. Located just behind the Scottish Parliament building, near the Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat, it also benefits from a stunning set for a family day out.

Scottish Parliament

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The Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament is located opposite Holyrood Palace in a modern building designed by the Catalan architect Enric Miralles.

You can see Parliament in action or explore it on a free guided tour that lasts one hour and usually includes a visit to the Debating Chamber. Please note that booking in advance is advised and may be essential for First Minister’s Question Time on Thursdays and for guided tours. For more information please visit Scottish Parliament website.

Scott Monument in Princes Street

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The Scott Monument

The Scott Monument is a Victorian Gothic monument built to honour the famous Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It stands in Princes Street Gardens and is opposite Jenners department store. The tower is 61.1 metres tall, and the small viewing deck near the top gives a panoramic view of central Edinburgh and its surroundings. This is reached by a narrow spiral staircase with 287 steps. It is built from Binnie shale; the oil which continues to leech from it has helped to glue the notoriously filthy atmosphere of Victorian Edinburgh (then nicknamed “Auld Reekie” — old smokey) to the tower, leaving it an unintended sooty-black colour. The council have spent many years trying to devise a clever way to clean the monument, but have since given up, deeming it an impossible task!