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The King James
107 Leith Street EH1 3SW Edinburgh United Kingdom
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Description The King James
Ideally positioned in the heart of Edinburgh's commercial centre , contemporary hotel The King James by Thistle is located just off bustling Princes Street , a short walk from many visitor attractions including Edinburgh Castle , Holyrood Palace and the National and Scottish Galleries. In between sightseeing , nearby Princes Street is the perfect place to shop , dine or simply enjoy a coffee and watch the world go by. On-site , guests will enjoy beautifully appointed interiors and rooms , outstanding service by a friendly and attentive team , and a wide range of amenities including six well appointed meeting/function rooms , free (limited) parking and valuable 24-hour concierge services. Guests can wine and dine in the hotel bar and restaurant , or take advantage of 24-hour room service.
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)