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Private Edinburgh Sightseeing and History Tour
"Edinburgh has been the Capital of Scotland since the 15th Century and stands proudly on seven hills creating the dramatic skyline of this lively cosmopolitan city. Compare Edinburgh’s Old Town where families lived in cramped conditions and rubbish was thrown out of the windows to the elegant Georgian New Town with its three main streets and a square at either end. Join this and hear about the hangings that took place in the Grassmarket as you marvel at the impenetrable Castle Rock above you and hear about the attempts witch hunters firebrand priests and philosophers all living on the side of a dead volcano. During your tour you will cover all the main sights of the Old & New City of Edinburgh. Starting on the famous Royal Mile your guide Alan will lead you through the windy streets and up the hills to sites of executions
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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
"The capital of Scotland since the 15th century Edinburgh stands on 7 hills creating a dramatic skyline. Travel through the city with ease on this City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour. Tour highlights include the Edinburgh Castle Palace of Holyrood House the historic Royal Mile and Our Dynamic Earth.""""With great views from the top of the bus strategically placed stops and an interesting commentary
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Edinburgh City Tour in Private Minibus
"Compare Edinburgh’s Old Town where families lived in cramped conditions and rubbish was thrown out of the windows to the elegant Georgian New Town with its three main streets and a square at either end. Hear about the hangings that took place in the Grassmarket as you marvel at the impenetrable Castle Rock above you and hear about the attempts to capture Edinburgh C witch hunters firebrand priests and philosophers all living on the side of a dead volcano. During our tour we cover all the main sights of the Old & New City of Edinburgh. Starting on the famous Royal Mile we lead you through the windy streets and up the hills to sites of executions cloned sheep and the birthplace of Harry Potter. Highlights include:New Town
From GBP300.00

Calton Hill Tips (53)

ARE WE IN ATHENS?

No, we are in Edinburgh, Scotland, yet there on Calton Hill is an Athenian acropolis. It is very similar to the Parthenon in Athens as it was meant to be a replica of it, sadly this national...
balhannah
Nov 18, 2016

THE GOVERNOR'S HOUSE

The Governor's House is situated on a craggy outcrop on the southernmost spur of Calton Hill. From there, the Governor had wonderful views over Waverley Station, the Canongate and Holyrood...
balhannah
Nov 18, 2016

THE POLITICAL MARTYRS MONUMENT

Located next to the Governor's house and in the Old Calton cemetery, is the 27 metre high obelisk made from sandstone blocks known as the "Political Martyrs Monument." In 1837, Joseph Hume MP, put...
balhannah
Nov 18, 2016

The hill of wonders

I first saw Calton Hill from afar, going by bus on one of the bridges. The view, with all the amazing constructions, looked like something taken from Greece and yet it was Scotland. I stared at it...
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evaanna
Mar 04, 2016

Calton Hill

Calton Hill is the most popular hill in Edinburgh (after the castle rock of course), hard to me missed as it is topped with an Athenian acropolis which is known as the National Monument. It was made...
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mindcrime
Jan 28, 2016

A GRAND OLD SCHOOL, BUT VACANT FOR 40 YEARS

The Royal School of Edinburgh was constructed between 1826 and 1829 in Regent Road and is a masterpiece of Greek Revival Architecture by Alexander Thomson. The origina!l school was built in 1198 and...
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Jul 03, 2015

STILL AN IMPORTANT BUILDING AFTER 70 YEARS

St. Andrews House took years to complete during the war years but when it finally opened in 1945 it was the largest metal framed building in Europe. It was also the first time that Scottish government...
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davidjo
Jul 03, 2015

AUSCHWITZ, PARIS, ROBERT BURNS & A CASTLE

When you reach the top of Calton Hill you will come across a newer Monument called the Democracy Cairn but it is surprising that the stones came from Bruce's castle, Burn's house, Auschwitz and Paris....
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davidjo
Jun 28, 2015

VANDALS DESTROYED THE ROOF AFTER 100 YEARS

Although I did not have time to visit the Old City Observatory I was surprised to discover that this was constructed on Calton Hill near the end of the 19th century. A 15cm Cooke refractor was donated...
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davidjo
Jun 28, 2015

TO BURMA & BACK---STORY OF A CANNON !!!

While you are at the top of Calton Hill you will see a cannon on display but exactly where it came from remains a mystery. The cannon was captured by the British in 1885 during the Burmese Invasion....
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davidjo
Jun 28, 2015

CALTON HILL --- A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Calton Hill is well worth visiting, not only for the panoramic views but to spend some time looking at the monuments,the city observatory, Rock House, the park and the canon. Look at my individual...
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davidjo
Jun 28, 2015

GREAT VIEWS OF EDINBURGH FROM CALTON HILL

I actually lived in Edinburgh for six years as a child but I certainly have no memories of my Dad taking me to Calton Hill, but I am glad I did this many years later. Calton Hill is located just past...
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Jun 28, 2015
 
 
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Nelson Monument - Calton Hill

The Nelson monument was built between 1807 and 1815 to commemorate Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson's victory over the French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, and his own death at...
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Edinburgh Playhouse

Living here I sometimes forget that there is so much on my doorstep. One attraction which I've never been to is the Edinburgh Playhouse I'm not going to be biased and say the play I went to see but...
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People's Story Museum

No Society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable. Adam Smith Oh we all like big Art Galleries or impressive castles and palaces but...
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National Monument - Calton Hill

The National Monument is the memorial for the Scottish Soldiers and sailors who died fighting in the Napoleonic Wars. The inscription says A MEMORIAL OF THE PAST AND AN INCENTIVE TO THE FUTURE FOR THE...
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Museum of Edinburgh

Opposite the Canongate Kirk is the Museum of Edinburgh. Unfortunately the last museum I visited in Edinburgh was somewhat a disappointing choice for me (hopefully it’s at the end of Royal Mile so many...
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Carson Clark Gallery

I do have this thing about Antique Maps... just love them. We found this place in Cannongate: The Carson Clark Gallery Situated in the cultural centre of the Old Town on the Royal Mile, this...
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