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The jewels in Edinburgh’s crown


Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few months, you might have noticed that 2013 has been quite the year for the Royal Family. The Queen celebrated 60 years on the throne and the world’s media almost went into meltdown in the run up to the birth of Prince George last month.

But we’ve been celebrating in Edinburgh too, as one of the city’s most popular attractions, The Royal Yacht Britannia, turned 60 earlier this year. Now berthed in Leith, it served as the Queen’s floating residence for over 40 years.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Royal Yacht Britannia

Royal Yacht Britannia









It’s just one of the brilliant royal attractions across the city which features on a special ticket from Edinburgh Bus Tours. The Royal Edinburgh Ticket is a must for visitors who want to uncover a bit of royal history.

As well as Britannia, it includes Edinburgh Castle (where you’ll find Scotland’s ancient crown jewels) and the Palace of Holyroodhouse (the Royal Family’s home in Edinburgh).

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Palace of Holyroodhouse

What’s more, as it’s the Year of Natural Scotland, the nice people at the Royal Botanic Garden have added 2 for 1 entry to the garden’s glasshouses to the bus tour ticket offer. It’s a great value and flexible way of seeing all the royal sights in one go.

The Edinburgh festivals are now in full swing too, which means you can combine your bus tour with catching one of the hundreds of fantastic performances across the city this August.

Come and be inspired by more things to see and do across Edinburgh & The Lothians.

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Sheena Macrae

Sheena Macrae comes from Edinburgh and now lives in West Lothian. She enjoys walking, travel (around Scotland and beyond), photography and arts and crafts.

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