Edinburgh is the most visited UK city after London. The capital and seat of Government in Scotland, Edinburgh is famous for its International Festival and its arts festival Fringe held in August.
Edinburgh Castle is an imposing fortress overlooking the city, connected by the 'Royal Mile' of shops and attractions to historic Holyrood Palace, the Queen's official residence in Edinburgh, and the nearby Scottish Parliament building.
Around the Castle is the Old Town whose overcrowding led to the building of the New Town of Georgian cobbled streets and elegant terraces, the two areas forming a UNESCO World Heritage site. Spectators are attracted by the cannon shot fired at 1pm daily from the Castle ramparts and to the Military Tattoo held at Festival time on the Castle approach esplanade.
Edinburgh is home to cultural icons of Scotland, the Scottish National Gallery, the National Museum of Scotland, and the National Library. The city is a leader in the fields of medicine and law and has three Universities.
Edinburgh is reached from the South by the M6/A74 and is a terminus for the east and west coast railway lines from London. The railway goes northward over the iconic Forth Bridge crossing the Firth of Forth.
Edinburgh is the starting point for canal holidays on the Edinburgh and Glasgow Canal which changs levels at the famous Falkirk Wheel.
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