What to see close to the cheap hotels in Edinburgh
In the first place, you must take a walk in Royal Mile. It is the central street and the most famous of Edinburgh, linking Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Throughout the entire Royal Mile there are hundreds of alleyways and courtyards that open on both sides of this famous street, some of them beautiful and interesting as most are dating from the Middle Ages. It's nice to go into them and discover the small pubs hidden in these narrow streets, where most customers are Scottish. High Street is the most famous part of the Royal Mile, where are located St Giles Cathedral, Tron Church and numerous restaurants and pubs.
You should also visit the Castlehill and Castle Explanade. They are the two parts of the Royal Mile closest to the Castle. The second one offers a beautiful panoramic view of the city.
Edinburgh Castle is an ancient fortress and the most emblematic of the city. Strategically placed at the top of the hill overlooking the city, the silhouette of the castle stands out and is visible from anywhere in Edinburgh. The castle is very large and offers several rooms with permanent exhibitions, most about military issues and Scottish warrior tradition. The most famous of the castle is the cannon, which every day shoots at 1:00 announcing the time for citizens since 1861. This “noisy” system was introduced in the city because there is usually fog in Edimburg, which did not allow people to see the clock tower. The castle also preserves the Scottish Crown Jewels (Honor of Scotland) and the "Stone of Destiny", an invaluable symbol in Scotland on which Scottish kings were crowned.
Antoher place of interest is Holyroodhouse Palace. Located at the opposite end of the Royal Mile Castle, Holyrood Palace is even today the official residence of the Queen of England in Scotland. And you will love too the Scott Monument, located in Princes Street. It is a huge Gothic spire decorated with 64 characters of the novels of Walter Scott. It is possible to climb the monument to the summit and have a very nice view of the city and the castle.
Edinburgh accommodation: other interesting places of the city
Mary King's Close is one of the alleys located under the buildings of the Old Town, the Royal Mile. This alley was closed after a plague that tenth Edinburgh's population and today can be accessed only with guided tours that show all the dark corners of the place. The tour of this alley are conducted by guides in middle age costume who will explain the ways of living of the time without losing the chance to scare visitors with some ghost stories.
After visiting some houses of Mary King's Close, maybe you have the chance to meet Annie, a little girl crying because she lost her doll hundreds of years ago. Many visitors take gift dolls and toys to comfort little Annie, which are then donated to Children's Hospital of Edinburgh.
On the other hand, Calton Hill is one of the hills of Edinburgh located near Princes Street. This hill is full of monuments: The Scottish National Monument, Nelson Monument and the City Observatory are the most important. The Princes Street Gardens is the largest urban park in the center of Edinburg, separating Old and New Town. Formerly this place was occupied by the Nor Loch, a large lake that was used as landfill. For this reason was drained and replaced with a great park.
If we are talking about parks, you should also know about Holyrood Park, the largest park in Edinburgh, whose emblem is Arthur's Seat. It is the major peak of the hills, a place to enjoy beautiful views of the region of Edinburgh. Lastly, save some time to visit Greyfriars Kirkyard. One of the attractions of the gloomy city of Edinburgh are their cemeteries, Greyfriars especially. It is known for being the place where is buried Bobby, a dog which stood by the grave of his owner during 14 years.