Edinburgh // vol2

Monday, January 02, 2017

This is a follow up to my last post on our Edinburgh trip (click here to read).

We spent over three hours in Edinburgh Castle and continued our day afterwards with more sight-seeing. We also popped in to St Giles' Cathedral - it is famous for its spectacular stained glass windows, artwork and beautiful architecture.

The buildings in Edinburgh are all quite interesting and unique but some of them really stand out.

Holyrood Palace is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland and is located at the edge of the city centre, basically next to Arthur's Seat. Tickets to get in were a little pricey; the full package was £21. We went for just a standard ticket and skipped the The Queen's Gallery and Garden Tour.

We circled around The State Apartments and saw all of the important rooms like The Throne Room, Morning Drawing Room, Evening Drawing Room and the Dining Room with all of its furniture, cutlery and decorations. We also got to see the most dramatic part of the palace - Mary, Queen of Scots Chambers and the Darnley Rooms. Mary's Bedchamber is described as 'the most famous room in Scotland' and her Outer Chamber is the place where her Italian secretary David Rizzio has murdered.

To finish our tour of the palace on a more positive note, we had a quick look at The Queen's outfit exhibition.

Alongside the palace are the beautiful historical ruins of Holyrood Abbey, built in 1128 by King David I of Scotland. I was stunned by the architecture and all of the detail. I spent at least an half an hour taking pictures of the columns, arches and windows.

After visiting the palace, we went back into the city centre and grabbed something to eat. We continued to wander around and finished our day with some window shopping. Once we got back to the hotel I decided to pamper myself - a face and foot mask to end my busy day.

I am so happy Tristan planned this trip for my birthday - Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities in the UK!

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