Royal Mile

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

Points of Interest & Landmarks
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.
Suggested duration
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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SophieAndCallum
Uckfield, UK131 contributions
Jan. 2022
The Royal Mile is busy, but worth a visit. The cobbled streets are charismatic and picturesque. We saw a man in a kilt playing the bagpipes there. St Gile's Cathedral is beautifully built. The Royal mile leads down to the palace which is also rather impressive.
Written 8 January 2022
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Emma
Manchester, UK1,161 contributions
Aug. 2021 • Couples
This street is an integral part of the city. Yes it’s super touristy. But you can’t miss it. Watch the bustle and listen to the bagpipes while admiring the buildings.
But watch for pick pockets.
Written 2 January 2022
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antoinjstrachan
London, UK159 contributions
Dec. 2021
You can't come to Edinburgh and not walk up the Royal Mile. Lots of quaint shops, bars and restaurants. A buzzing little atmosphere. Touristy, but this is what we are. And it leads up to Edinburgh Castle. A must visit up the Mile.
Written 18 December 2021
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Andy M
Bristol, UK140 contributions
Dec. 2021
Stretching from Holyrood Palace to the Castle, the touristy part is the bit from the junction with North Bridge / South Bridge. That said do not dismiss the other bit!

Full of the usual cashmere, whisky and souvenir shops with the odd eatery / drinking hole thrown in. Plenty of of little alleys to explore and perhaps a little bit of research is best done beforehand and what each was and why would enable you to get the most out of the Royal Mile.
Written 16 December 2021
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david n
Manchester, UK3,614 contributions
Dec. 2021
Well, if you enjoy a whisky shop or a cashmere shop then this is the place for you. Oh, and there are also many pubs. And a cathedral.
Written 15 December 2021
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Pati2804
24 contributions
Dec. 2021
In itself it seems like a historical town but I recommend doing a tour at the start of your trip and then when you visit sights throughout your stay and walk past the royal mile it's cool to see all the history in it. Like the heart mosaic that you can legally spit on
Written 15 December 2021
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Joanne G
Liverpool, UK303 contributions
Nov. 2021
Great to walk down and see all the old historic buildings in Edinburgh, well worth a visit, a beautiful city to see.
Written 28 November 2021
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Lozbell88
Sidcup, UK445 contributions
Nov. 2021 • Couples
Fabulous walk up with lots of shops and entertainment, well worth the walk up to the castle for the views and wandering around the Royal Mile was most excellent with the little passageways.
Written 23 November 2021
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Ange D
Horsham, UK36 contributions
Nov. 2021
Nice place to wander around. Alot of touristy tartan shops, but all adds to the atmosphere. Plenty of nice cafes, bars etc to rest. Interesting historic buildings, with, of course, the lovely castle at one end and Holyrood at the other. Both worth a closer look.
Written 22 November 2021
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McMu6298
Weston super Mare, UK157 contributions
Nov. 2021 • Couples
Full of pubs, restaurants, cafes and shops. Something for all to enjoy.

Of course the main attraction is the history, buildings and the Royal connections.

A fablous senic walk up and down the mile (well just over)
Written 20 November 2021
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