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Edinburgh, being the capital city of Scotland, has a varied and deep history, and as such there are plenty of historic places to visit. This page is just a small sampling of what's on offer, and there is certainly plenty more if none of these catch your eye.

Edinburgh Castle - Built in the 11th century, this castle offers stunning views of the city. There is still much activity in the castle even to this day, and it still has a fully operational military barracks. The castle also houses "mons meg" an enormous 15th century cannon used to dispel intruders, an old prison, and also the Scottish Crown Jewels. A cannon is fired every day at 1'oclock from the castle walls.Admission is 6.50. Tel: (0131) 225 9846

Camera Obscura - This fascinating "periscope" projects a 360 view of the city onto a round table for your viewing pleasure. If you are a little confused by the view there are guides available to explain it all to you, and also point out the more obvious landmarks.Admission is 3.95. Tel:(0131) 226 3709

The Childrens Museum - This four floor museum is devoted entirely to children, and it has exhibits ranging from olden days to the modern era. It also has features on health, and an childrens play area. Free admission, but hours are limited. Tel:(0131) 529 4142

National Gallery of Scotland - This relatively small art gallery, found in Princes St. Gardens, hosts some beautiful, and expensive, works of art from famous artists around the world. If you enjoy looking at fine art then this place is definitely worth a visit. Admission is free. Tel:(0131) 624 6200

Scott Monument - This tribute to Sir Walter Scott stands some 200 feet tall, and is located towards the end of Princes St. If you feel up to the challenge you can climb the stairs to gain a magnificent view. Admission is 2.50. Tel:(0131)529 4068.

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