Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Edinburgh Castle is just a few steps away - history of City:
Edinburgh Castle has dominated its surroundings for many centuries. Today the castle continues to attract visitors from all over the world. Edinburgh’s Castle rock has been a stronghold for over 3000 years and in 1566 Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI in the royal palace within the castle, of great significance as in 1603 James VI became James I of England - the ‘Union of the Crowns’.
The City of Edinburgh grew outwards from the Castle rock, and the first houses in Edinburgh were built on the area in front of Edinburgh Castle, which is now known as the Lawnmarket, and then the house building continued down the High Street and The Cannongate towards the Royal Palace of Holyrood House. These streets collectively form a single street known as The Royal Mile. The Royal Mile acquired its name over the ages as Scottish and English kings, queens and royalty in general, have travelled to and fro between the Palace of Holyrood House and Edinburgh Castle - hence the name The Royal Mile.
Just a few hundred yards down from the castle you will conveniently find Brodies Hostel www.brodieshostel.co.uk we pride ourselves on the home from home environment and friendly atmosphere in the heart of the Royal Mile. Let our staff help you plan your visit to the castle and the rest of your day.