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 'Athens of the North'

Thursday 8th April, and Saturday 17th April 2010, Thursday 20th May 2010 'The Edinburgh Tours'
A great destination : the capital of Scotland since the 15th Century stands on seven hills creating the dramatic skyline of this lively cosmopolitan city. Visit the medieval old town, contrasting with the structured grace of the Georgian new town. Towering above all is the castle and the extinct volcano, King Arthurs Seat. If shopping is your passion, try Jenner's -Edinburgh's Harrods. Why not visit the former Royal Yacht Britannia. The vessel spent 44 years in the service of the Queen, undertaking 968 official visits. There are five decks to explore, as well as the Britannia Visitor Centre housed within Leith's Ocean Terminal, a short bus ride in Leith.  www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk
Possibly the most famous of Scotland's attractions is Edinburgh Castle. Situated atop an extinct volcano, the castle houses Edinburgh's oldest building, St Margaret's Chapel, which dates from the 1100's.
Attractions in Edinburgh
Tourist Information www.edinburgh.org
Edinburgh Tour Buses www.lothianbuses.co.uk
National Museums of Scotland www.nms.ac.uk
National Galleries of Scotland www.natgalscot.ac.uk
National Library of Scotland www.nls.uk
City of Edinburgh Council Culture & Leisure www.cac.org.uk
The Georgian House (National Trust for Scotland)  www.nts.org.uk
THe Royal Botanic Garden set in the heart of the capital, allows visitors to refresh their senses amongst 72 acres of stunning scenery. Founded in 1670, the garden is recognised as one of the finest in the world. www.rbge.org.uk
The Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen, stands at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur's Seat. Best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, the Palace was the setting for many dramatic episodes in her short and turbulent reign. Today it is very much a working royal residence used by the Queen for state ceremonies and official entertaining. www.royalcollection.org.uk
Our Dynamic Earth,  explores the world from a geological perspective. Visitors learn about the polar regions, the formation of the earth and the power of the oceans. www.dynamicearth.co.uk
The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre www.whisky-heritage.co.uk
Scottish Parliament: 1998 saw the act establishing the first Scottish parliament since 1707. There are guided tours of this modern building, completed in 2004, which cost British taxpayers £431 million (it recently appeared on Channel 4's 'Demolition' programme.)  www.scottish.parliament.uk

Later in the year, August is the month of the Edinburgh Festivals.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe www.edfringe.com
Edinburgh International Book Festival www.edbookfest.co.uk
Edinburgh International Film Festival www.edfilmfest.org.uk
Edinburgh Festival www.eif.co.uk

Tour buses are operated by City Sightseeing, who kindly issue discount vouchers for use by Green Express Railtour passengers. These vouchers are issued on the train to give a discount on their Edinburgh tour buses www.city-sightseeing.com