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Ten Hill Place
10 Hill Place EH8 9DS Edinburgh United Kingdom
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Description Ten Hill Place
Ten Hill Place is a 3 star hotel in Edinburgh that occupies a part of a row of old Georgian terrace houses, which have been renovated and transformed into a modern hotel. The hotel manages to retain some of its traditional charms and mixes these with a modern design and the latest technology. It is located right in the heart of the city centre and within a short walking distance from the Royal Mile and most of the major city centre attractions.
All of the 78 rooms are fully air conditioned and equipped with the standard amenities that one would expect to find in a hotel of this class, including a room safe, satellite TV, telephone, hairdryer and iron. All of the rooms also have en suite bathrooms and windows that can be opened. A wireless Internet connection is available in the rooms at an additional charge of £1.99 per hour.
The hotel has its own restaurant and bar and the reception operates 24 hours a day. The reception can arrange room service, laundry services and babysitting or arrange express check-in/check-out.
Ten Hill Place has its own private car park, which is available for guests to use at an additional fee of £12 per day.
The National Wallace Monument on Abbey Craig outside Stirling commemorates the life of Sir William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish warrior who battled the forces of King Edward I of England in the cause of Scottish independence.
The monument, completed in 1869, is a 220-ft Victorian Gothic tower designed by John Thomas Rochead. Visitors climb 246 interior steps to view Stirling, the site of the Battle of Stirling Bridge, and Stirling Castle—not to mention the River Forth and the surrounding countryside—from the tower’s crown. Along the way, they can pause to explore galleries depicting Wallace’s impact on Scottish history, to gaze at his sword, and to wander the Hall of Heroes with its busts of famous Scotsmen.
Aside from the monument’s remarkable open crown, its most striking element is a 15-ft bronze statue of Wallace placed on a corbel about 30 ft above ground level. The caretaker’s house (attached to the monument) is now a tearoom. There is also a small on-premises gift shop. A separate reception center is located at the base of Abbey Craig, where visitors can purchase tickets and catch the shuttle leading up to the monument.
Stirling Castle is located in Stirling, on top of the Castle Crag. The western face of the rock drops 80m down, but the site is naturally well defended form three sides. Historically, the castle guarded a desirable crossing on the river Forth and effectively, the access to the Highlands from the south.
The castle is connected with important events of Scottish history: battles of Stirling Bridge and Bannockburn, coronation of Mary Queen of Scots, Jacobite uprisings. It was a favourite residence of the Stuarts in 16th and 17th centuries.
The castle is approached via fortifications of the Forework: the Gatehouse, the curtain wall, ditch and several towers. Majority of the important buildings inside the walls date from the 15th and 16th centuries. The most important ones are located around the Upper Square: the Palace, The Great Hall, built as venue for state occasions, the Chapel, and King's Old Building. Other attractions include the basement Great Kitchens, the Nether Bailey and the Tapestry Studio.
There is a cafe, a bookshop, a gift shop and a whisky shop.
Admission: Adult £9 (10 Euros), Child £4.50 (5 Euros).
Opens 9.30, closes 6pm in summer (Apr-Sep)
St Andrews Castle
Bishops and Archbishops once resided in this castle, but today it is a ruin that has become a tourist attraction.
There is a visitors centre and an exhibition centre with wheelchair access, although the castle itself has limited wheelchair access.
The grounds of the castle contains a siege mine and a counter-mine as well as a bottle dungeon.
Facilities include parking including disabled, toilets and a shop.
Admission £5 adults with concessions for children and groups.
It is open from 1st April - 30th September 9.30 am to 5.30 pm and
1st October - 31st March 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.
St Andrews Cathedral
Now mostly a ruin, the site contains the remains of what was the largest church in Scotland. The Cathedral of St Andrew in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland has its origins in the priory of Canons Regular founded during the twelfth century.
There is a museum which houses a collection of early and later medieval sculpture and other relics found on the site, as well as a possibility to climb the St Rule's Tower which is a major local landmark and provides views of the surrounding area.
The museum is open daily as follows:
Summer (1 April to 30 September) 9.30am to 6.30pm
Winter (1 October to 31 March) 9.30am to 4.30pm
Closed 25th, 26th December and 1st, 2nd January.
Last tickets sold at 6pm (4pm in winter)
The carved stones museum and St Rules Tower are closed daily from 12.30pm - 1.30pm.
Entrance to the grounds is free. There is a charge for the museum and the tower.