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Leith is the seaport for Edinburgh and was a separate burgh until 1920. It is north of Edinburgh city centre and is situated where the Water of Leith enters the Firth of Forth. Lamb’s House, where Mary, Queen of Scots stayed on her return to Scotland in 1561, a merchant’s house renovated in the 18th century, is the oldest house. Trinity House, an elegant Georgian building in the midst of the Kirkgate Shopping Centre, is the headquarters of the Incorporation of Masters and Mariners of Leith, now in the care of Historic Scotland, and open to the public, including the vaults of an earlier, probably 16th century
building. The central area is remarkably rich in major Georgian public buildings: the former Leith Bank by John Paterson (1806); the Greek Doric Custom House by Robert Reid (1812), Exchange Buildings by Thomas Brown (1816): and the Town Hall by R R Dickson (1928). To the east are Leith Links, where golf was played until the late 19th century and which has the remains of artillery mounds built by Scots and English troops who were besieging trench troops at the Siege of Leith in 1560.
The town was sacked by English troops in 1544 and 1547. By the Treaty of Leith in 1560 between England and France the French withdrew their forces from Scotland and recognized Elizabeth Tudor as Queen of England, though the treaty was not ratified by Mary, Queen of Scots. Important industries included corn and flour milling, distilling and whisky blending, glassmaking,
engineering and shipbuilding. The first ship to cross the Atlantic under continuous steam power, the Sirius, was built in Leith. The royal yacht Britannia has become a major tourist attraction in Leith docks: nearby is the Ocean Terminal shopping and leisure centre.

Caledonian Hilton EdinburghThe Caledonian Hilton Hotel, Princes St., Edinburgh EH1 2AB, Scotland. Built in 1903 is situated in the very heart of Edinburgh, many rooms overlooking the famous 14th century Edinburgh Castle. The hotel provides the finest possible base from which to explore Edinburgh, one of the world's most beautiful cities. Find the best deal, compare prices and read what other travelers have to say at TripAdvisor.

Dukes Of Windsor Street, 17 Windsor Street,, Edinburgh EH7 5LA, Scotland. Find the best deal, compare prices and read what other travelers have to say at TripAdvisor.

Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh City Centre, Picardy Place, Edinburgh EH1 3JT, Scotland. Find the best deal, compare prices and read what other travelers have to say at TripAdvisor.

The Bonham HotelThe Bonham Hotel 35 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh EH3 7RN, Scotland. One of the UK's top 200 luxury hotels and regarded as one of the coolest hotels in Edinburgh. The Bonham is located just 4 minutes walk from Edinburgh’s West End and Princes Street. You will be accommodated in one of 48 individually decorated luxury bedrooms. Each room has an individual, contemporary design using rich bold colours. Extensive facilities include e-TV, providing complete pc capability, Internet access, dvd video, games and hi-fi system. The stylish Restaurant at The Bonham is famed for its innovative and contemporary cuisine. This acclaimed Edinburgh restaurant has established a reputation for creative and quality dishes, which resulted in its 2 AA Rosettes status. Find the best deal, compare prices and read what other travelers have to say at TripAdvisor.

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