Edinburgh’s number one historic attraction in the UK
An Edinburgh site has been ranked the UK’s top historic attraction in a new Which? survey of nearly 3,000 members.
The Royal Yacht Britannia, Queen Elizabeth II’s former royal yacht, located in Edinburgh, has been ranked first for the UK’s top historic attraction.
It shares the coveted top spot with Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire, one of the largest and best-preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England.
The Royal Yacht, permanently moored on the Firth of Forth in Leith, was decommissioned in 1997. The yacht is permanently moored on the Firth of Forth in Leith.
More than 300,000 visits are made to the yacht each year, and during the yacht’s 43 years of service, she has traveled over a million nautical miles around the world.
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Two other Scottish attractions topped the survey, with Culzean Castle & Country Park in Ayrshire taking second place and Stirling Castle coming in fifth.
The Ayrshire Castle and Park have been rated 5 out of 5 stars for their facilities. The castle is the former residence of the Marquess of Ailsa, the head of the Kennedy clan, but is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland.
Who? noted that architect Robert Adam was inspired by his Grand Tour of Europe when he redesigned Culzean Castle for the 10th Earl of Cassilis for several years during the 18th century.
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Stirling Castle, the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots, which sits atop Castle Hill, was renowned for its value for money, with guests able to visit a range of attractions from the Chapel Royal to the gardens of Queen Anne.
The Stirling Head Gallery, was highlighted by Which? as “one of Scotland’s great artistic treasures”. These are 16th century oak medallions carved with images of kings, queens and nobles, as well as characters from the Bible.
Elsewhere, Edinburgh Castle was ranked 53rd.