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    anyone been? Jon and i need some us time so we were thinking of running away for a few nights in June. Anyone been? any recommendations? We're thinking of going on the train as it's only 3 hours and a really nice journey once you get up to the Northumbrian coast.
     
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    Looking at the radisson blu, looks pretty cool and on princes street...good location?

    Any tips for eating any must sees?
    I'm guessing the castle is one..
    Thank you
     
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    We went for my youngest son's 18th and had a great time. I did lots of research before I went and visited some great places and had great meals as well.
    We stayed at Straven guest house which was excellent. It is 20 mins by bus from the city centre but easy to get to and from as the bus left from just outside the guest house every 20mins and ran until after midnight. It was a very good choice as we were able to have some lovely walks along the prom.
    We visited the National Gallery, the National Museum of Scotland, the castle grounds (far too expensive for all of us to go in) and the parliament in sitting. We walked the length of the Royal Mile (lovely) and my son climbed up to Arthur's Seat while we listened to the politicians.
    I hope I can post some links for you but please don't miss Mary King's Close, a city under the city. It is amazing! Such history..

    http://www.realmarykingsclose.com/

    We also did a ghost tour which was hilarious. I would highly recommend this one.

    http://www.witcherytours.com/

    We had some great meals. We ate at Mother India - fantastic tapas style Indian food, recommended to us and probably the best Indian food I have eaten

    http://www.motherindia.co.uk/

    We also ate here. It was a cheaper option but also rated highly on TA.

    http://www.hanedan.co.uk/

    We visited the Elephant House where J K Rowling is supposed to have penned her Harry Potter stories. The cafe is horrible - surly staff and very poor food. No wonder it is so badly rated.
    We walked all around the city centre and it was such an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and historical buildings. It is a beautiful city. We only scratched the surface. If you would like some photos, I can dig those up for you. :yes:

    Mags
     
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    I think that hotel is on the Royal Mile? If so, it's the main tourist street and can be noisy so be sure to ask for a higher floor. It is the perfect location though. :)
    Just briefly: The Castle, Holyrood palace, Princes Street Gardens, The Botanic Gardens, Museum of Childhood........ How long have you got? :lol:

    There is a fab restaurant called Amber on the Mile. It's in the Scotch Whisky Experience, which is a must-do. ;D

    I've got to go now but I'll make you up a list of my faves tomorrow. :yes:
     
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    thank you :hug2:
     
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    I need some me time so can I come too?
     
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    Mmm you're getting me time in Orlando! Might as well take Caitlin if we're gonna take you :lol:
     
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    Fantastic beautiful city as i am onlyforty minutes by train i often spend a day there.At festival time the place is really jumping
     
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    :wave: Okay, are you sitting comfortably? Then away we go........

    <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--> This is where we always eat and drink. :D
    http://halfwayhouse-edinburgh.com/

    Calton Hill. This is one of my favourite places:
    http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/edinburgh/caltonhill/

    Edinburgh Castle. This is a must-see. Try to be there at 1pm:
    http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/edinburgh/edinburghcastle/

    You must climb Arthur’s Seat. The view is breathtaking!:
    http://www.royal-mile.com/interest/arthursseat.html
    http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/edinburgh/holyroodpark/index.html

    Holyrood palace, if you enjoy stately homes:
    http://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/palace-of-holyroodhouse-p247111

    The Royal Botanic Gardens, if you like plants etc:
    http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/edinburgh/royalbotanicgarden/index.html

    Princes Street Gardens. Beautiful place to people-watch:
    http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/edinburgh/princesstreetgardens/index.html

    See the Pandas:
    http://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/

    This is a good company for the ghost/history tours. Be sure to visit Mary King’s Close. ;)
    http://www.mercattours.com/home.asp

    The Royal Mile:
    http://www.bestofedinburgh.com/Page.asp?Title=Attractions+-+A+Walk+Down+the+Royal+Mile&Section=65&Page=1

    If you enjoy a wee dram:
    [FONT=&amp]http://www.scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk/index.php
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    Museums (I love the Museum of Childhood):
    http://www.bestofedinburgh.com/Page.asp?Title=Attractions&Section=25&Page=4

    If you like boats/Royalty/history:
    http://www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk/

    Independent shops and eateries:
    http://www.grassmarket.net/

    Plus, don’t forget!!:
    http://www.harveynichols.com/stores/edinburgh

    And sightseeing tours if you have time left (or before you start)……..
    http://www.edinburghtour.com/

    For a bit of fun, if you haven't been to one before:
    http://www.camera-obscura.co.uk/index.asp


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    oh wow! thank you so much Diane, will have fun looking through these...:hug2:
     
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    NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND IS A MUST VISIT AND IT IS FREE
     

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