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What to see in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Attractions


Sightseeing in Edinburgh reveals a score of attractions, highlighting this ancient city's historical, cultural and visual charm. Most Edinburgh attractions are quite centrally located and best enjoyed during the summer, when the days are both longer and warmer. It is easy and pleasant to get around the main tourist enclaves of the city on foot.

Located on the mound of an extinct volcano, Edinburgh Castle includes structures from as early as the 12th century, and the National Gallery has displayed fine works of art to the public since 1859. For Scottish opera and ballet performances, visit the Edinburgh Festival Theatre, while the Museum of Edinburgh is another great attraction.

The Scotch Whisky Experience shows visitors the art of brewing Scotland's celebrated whiskies, locally referred to as 'the water of life'. Speaking of water, the Royal Yacht Brittania is docked in the port of Leith and has hosted the likes of Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela. A well-known Edinburgh attraction is the Royal Botanic Garden, and the Royal Mile in Old Town is another must. Strolling down this atmospheric road, travellers will encounter many people advertising themed tours of the city, including a number of thrilling historical and ghostly routes which are a great way to get some insight into this spooky Gothic city.


Arthur's Seat

The tallest of the seven hills that form Holyrood Park at 822 feet (250m), Arthur's Seat is actually an extinct volcano…

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Edinburgh Castle

The imposing castle that stands on the craggy mound of an extinct volcano in the heart of Edinburgh is not only the city's…

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Edinburgh Festival Theatre

The Edinburgh Festival Theatre is used primarily for musical events and touring groups, and it is one of the main venues…

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Museum of Edinburgh

Get to grips with the mystery and magic of the ancient city of Edinburgh at the museum dedicated to its history, from…

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National Gallery of Scotland

The National Gallery of Scotland is situated in the heart of Edinburgh and is home to Scotland's greatest collection…

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Palace of Holyrood House

The Palace of Holyrood was originally an abbey, built in the 12th century, and later the home of Mary, Queen of Scots,…

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Rosslyn Chapel

Made famous by the conclusion of the exciting novel (later turned movie) The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, this…

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Royal Botanic Garden

Not just any garden, the Edinburgh Botanic Garden is acknowledged as one of the finest in the world, featuring six percent…

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Royal Mile

A 'must see' in Edinburgh is the Royal Mile, a succession of streets forming the main thoroughfare of Edinburgh's Old…

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Royal Yacht Britannia

Pride of the Ocean Terminal in the port of Leith, Edinburgh's recently developed waterfront shopping and leisure area,…

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Scotch Whisky Experience

Alongside Edinburgh Castle, visitors can enjoy a 'wee dram' and uncover the secrets of brewing Scotland's famed malt,…

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