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Reviewed 1 August 2019

The Mercat Cross of Edinburgh stands in Parliament Square next to St Giles' Cathedral. Parliamentary proclamations, burnings and punishments were carried out at this cross since the 14th century.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank SmileyKay
Reviewed 30 July 2019 via mobile

Next to St Giles’ church, you’ll find Mercat Cross. It was traditionally used for royal proclamations and civic announcements. Each crest has hundreds of years worth of history and tells the history of Scotland and the connection with the rest of the United Kingdom. The...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank gregwilson09
Reviewed 26 June 2019

The Mercat Cross is a landmark in Edinburgh where , important civic announcements were made and other important events were held (hanging anyone?). The Mercat Cross has been around since the 14th century, although the present structure only dates from the 19th. The Cross (it's...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 5 November 2018

Beautifully carved monument where town officials met and proclaimed noteworthy news to the populace. Recommend going with a tour group to learn more about this great monument.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank nuestart1
Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

The Mercat Cross stands in Parliament Square next to St Giles' Cathedral and the Royal Unicorn, a Scottish heraldic symbol since the 12th century, crowns it. It was originally a sign of a marketplace, but later on has become a site of public executions and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Noraatc
Reviewed 17 October 2018

The Mercat Cross is another notable site on the Royal Mile. There is a unicorn on the top. It was a place for official announcements but also a place for public punishments and executions some of it was grizzly.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank PrestonGuild
Reviewed 13 July 2018

The Royal Mile has many statues and attraction this one is at the east end of St Giles Church in Parliament square in really good condition and a grand example of its kind. The present cross has stood here since his was designed by Sydney...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank craigluscar
Reviewed 11 May 2018

As you walk down the Royal Mile, this monument is immediately after St. Giles Cathedral. It marks the location where markets were held many many years ago, and is Royal Proclamations such as the c calling of a General Election, or the succession of a...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Jean L
Reviewed 23 April 2018

Now fully restored you can enjoy this small building built in Victorian times on the site of the original. The coats of arms hare brightly painted and a Unicorn sits atop. Worth a look if you are walking down the Royal Mil, it stands next...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

Our guide cant remember her name she was from Austria with very good English. Her knowledge of old Edinburgh is excellent and very entertaining

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank J M
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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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