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Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

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    Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian
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    Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian
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Situated in Edinburgh's West End, the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian is enclosed in a ring of cultural landmarks that define Scottish heritage. Close to the hotel resides Edinburgh Castle, the most popular historic site in the entire country. Constructed on an extinct volcano during the 12th century, Edinburgh Castle was Scotland's principal royal palace during the Middle Ages. Settled around the fortress are city’s two historic neighborhoods: Old Town and New Town. Old Town, of which the West End is a part, is a tantalizing maze of medieval buildings, while the New Town is filled with beautiful, Georgian-era architecture. Both districts constitute the city’s celebrated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guests residing at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian can admire the city's unique past as they stroll through the charming streets within these nearby neighborhoods. Guest can also travel east of the hotel to either Arthur’s Seat or Calton Hill for unrivalled views of the region. More well-known destinations are just a short walk away from the hotel as well, including the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyrood House, and Mary King's Close. Staying at The Caledonian will situate guests perfectly to explore both the city as well as the surrounding countryside.

Edinburgh Castle
Within eyesight of the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian is the famous Edinburgh Castle. The castle has sat atop Castle Rock since the 12th century, dominating the city’s skyline ever since. Scottish monarchs occupied the castle up until the 1500s, when it gradually became military barracks. Today, Edinburgh Castle is now Scotland’s most-visited cultural destination.

Royal Mile
The Royal Mile is the historic thoroughfare that passes through Edinburgh’s original settlement, the Old Town. Beginning at the gates of Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile stretches all the way down to the Palace of Holyrood House. Several different streets constitute the Royal Mile: Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street, Cannongate, and Abbey Strand. The Caledonian encourages its guests to explore the Royal Mile for its terrific shopping, excellent restaurants, and beautiful, historic buildings.

Palace of Holyrood House
At the end of the Royal Mile sits the Palace of Holyrood House, the official residence for the British Royal Family whenever its visits Scotland. Guests can attend public tours of the building, gaining a rare look into the daily life of Great Britain’s royalty. Private tours are also available at the Palace of Holyrood House, during which visitors can peer into secluded rooms where the Royal Family typically resides.

Mary King’s Close
Mary King's Close is a system of 17th century streets buried underneath the Royal Mile. The space was named after Mary King, a wealthy textile merchant from the early 1600s whose business operated within the Close. Shrouded in many fantastic myths and legends, Mary King's Close draws hundreds of visitors every year.

Royal Botanic Garden
The Royal Botanic Garden has been a relaxing oasis hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh’s city life for more than two centuries. Built in 1818, the gardens consist of ten distinct glasshouses that contain over 3,000 different kinds of exotic flora from across the world.

The Old City Observatory
While visiting Calton Hill, guests can stop by the Old City Observatory. Designed by William Henry Playfair to resemble an ancient Greek temple, the observatory has studied the cosmos since the early-19th century.

Royal Yacht Britannia
Moored nearby in the historic Port of Leith is the Royal Yacht Britannia, the former royal yacht used by Queen Elizabeth II to ferry both herself and her family around the world. The vessel served the Queen from 1954 until 1997, when the British government finally decommissioned it. The Royal Yacht Britannia is currently part of the National Historic Fleet, and welcomes thousands of visitors every year who travel to the city of Edinburgh.


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