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Ranked #1 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Geologic Formations; Mountains; Outdoors
Owner description: Arthur's Seat is one of four hill forts, dating from around 2,000 years ago. Situated within Holyrood Park, as well as it's... more » Owner description: Arthur's Seat is one of four hill forts, dating from around 2,000 years ago. Situated within Holyrood Park, as well as it's rich cultural heritage, the park offers walks, solace, wildlife, volcanic geology and unparalleled vistas of the city from its many vantage points. The park has several Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) designations due to its exceptional range of grassland habitats and its internationally important volcanic geology. Ranger service on site. « less
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Ranked #2 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
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Category: Ships; Landmarks
Owner description: The UK's No. 1 Attraction (TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2014). Experience what life was like on board The Royal... more » Owner description: The UK's No. 1 Attraction (TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2014). Experience what life was like on board The Royal Yacht Britannia with a fascinating audio tour of five decks. Discover this floating palace that served the British Royal Family for over forty years. Highlights include the elegant Royal Apartments, Crew's Quarters, Engine Room and stunning Royal Deck Tea Room. Complimentary audio guide in 27 languages. Open year round with free parking at Ocean Terminal. Only 15 minutes from Edinburgh city centre (local bus numbers 11, 22 and 35 all run to Ocean Terminal). « less
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Ranked #3 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Historic Walking Areas; Neighborhoods; Cultural
Owner description: Edinburgh's oldest neighborhood, dating back to medieval times: these small streets are lined with wool shops, pubs and... more » Owner description: Edinburgh's oldest neighborhood, dating back to medieval times: these small streets are lined with wool shops, pubs and historical monuments. « less
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Inchcolm Abbey (South Queensferry)
Ranked #4 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: David I established a priory here which became an abbey in 1235. It is now the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in... more » Owner description: David I established a priory here which became an abbey in 1235. It is now the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland. The island is famed for its seals, wildlife and coastal defences from two World Wars.Inchcolm means ‘Columba’s Isle’, though the ‘Iona of the east’ has no known link with St Columba. The island is dominated by its dramatically located abbey complex, comprising the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland. The Augustinian canons settled here in the early 12th century, enjoying the island’s isolation and tranquillity. However, its location in the Firth of Forth also made it a target for English naval raids throughout the wars with England from the 14th to the mid-16th century. The brethren increasingly spent more time ashore in Fife. After the Protestant Reformation of 1560 brought monastic life to an end, the island continued to serve in the defence of the country right up to the Second World War. The island’s remains testify to this history of conflict as well as the history of the medieval church in Scotland. The abbey must be reached by boat from South Queensferry. « less
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Ranked #5 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
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Category: Museums
Owner description: Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, science and technology, art and design and Scottish history, all... more » Owner description: Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, science and technology, art and design and Scottish history, all under one roof. « less
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Ranked #6 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Gardens; Outdoors

The Royal Botanic Garden is about 2kms north of Princes Street. It is super and free although entry into the glasshouses is liable to be charged for. The site covers 31 hectares... more »

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Ranked #7 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
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Category: Castles; Parks; Outdoors
Owner description: Holyrood Park is a unique historic landscape in the heart of the city, whose dramatic crags and hills give Edinburgh its... more » Owner description: Holyrood Park is a unique historic landscape in the heart of the city, whose dramatic crags and hills give Edinburgh its distinctive skyline. Within the park is a wealth of history and archaeology spanning thousands of years. Arthur's Seat is one of four hill forts, dating from around 2,000 years ago. As well as it's rich cultural heritage, the park offers walks, solace, wildlife, volcanic geology and unparalleled vistas of the city from its many vantage points. « less
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Ranked #8 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: Enter one of Scotland's most curious heritage sites. An archeological mystery that has baffled investigators for over 300... more » Owner description: Enter one of Scotland's most curious heritage sites. An archeological mystery that has baffled investigators for over 300 years. Gilmerton Cove is a series of chambers and passageways lying hidden beneath the streets on the South side of Edinburgh. Join us on a guided tour and help us unravel the mysteries of this strange mysterious labyrinth. Please note this attraction is by appointment only, please call to book a slot. « less
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Ranked #9 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
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Category: Gardens; Parks; Outdoors
Impeccably landscaped park and woodland surrounding Edinburgh Castle.
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Ranked #10 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Historic Sites; Science Museums; Specialty Museums; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Lookouts; Cultural
Owner description: Enjoy unique 360 degree panoramic views over Edinburgh from the fascinating Camera Obscura and rooftop terrace. In World of... more » Owner description: Enjoy unique 360 degree panoramic views over Edinburgh from the fascinating Camera Obscura and rooftop terrace. In World of Illusions, experience five floors of interactive hands-on optical illusions, tricks and fun things to do including vortex tunnel, mirror maze and shrinking room. Get involved, play, touch everything. Great fun for all ages and nationalities, whatever the weather. Scotland’s oldest purpose-built attraction, established in 1835. Tickets are valid all day, just get your hand stamped and come and go as you please all day long. If you don't see everything we give you a free pass to come back the next day. Unique money back guarantee if not fully satisfied. Free Wifi. 'Best family attraction in Britain’, The Telegraph. 'Five Stars, outstanding, world class', VisitScotland. Bring your camera - lots of photo opportunities throughout. Allow about 2 hours. Please note the attraction is located in a listed 17th Century building over 5 floors without a lift. Open every day, open late on holidays. Latest news: Autowed has arrived - get married, renew vows or become 'best friends forever', with our friendly robotic wedding machine. « less
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Ranked #11 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
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Forth Road Bridge (South Queensferry)
Ranked #12 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
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Ranked #13 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Art Museums; Cultural
Owner description: Visit one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings and explore a fascinating overview of Scotland past and present though a... more » Owner description: Visit one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings and explore a fascinating overview of Scotland past and present though a wealth of imagery encompassing painting, photography, sculpture and film. Meet the people who have helped shape the nation’s identity at home and abroad from Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie and Robert Burns, through to more recent pioneers in science, sport and the arts.. See this outstanding national Collection in its newly refurbished 19th century home, from the suite of grand, top-lit galleries to smaller, intimate rooms, and discover the new Photography Gallery and the atmospheric Victorian Library. Round off your trip to the Portrait Gallery with a visit to our new café. Serving a delicious menu of fresh dishes and classic recipes, our team are passionate about sourcing the very best local ingredients and seasonal produce. A great place for lunch or even just a coffee break, our family-friendly venue is one of the best cafes in Edinburgh. Admission is free. Charges may apply for special exhibitions. « less
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Ranked #14 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Geologic Formations; Lookouts; Outdoors
Historic neighborhood lined with monuments dating back to the Enlightenment.
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Ranked #15 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Art Museums; Museums

Located in the heart of the city at the intersection of Princes Street and The Mound housing the national collection of fine art.  Entry is free although there are sometimes... more »

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Ranked #16 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Castles; Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen. The palace stands at the end of... more » Owner description: The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen. The palace stands at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur's Seat. This fine palace is closely associated with Scotland's rich history and is used by The Queen when carrying out official engagements in Scotland. The State Apartments reflect the changing tastes of successive monarchs, and are renowned for their fine plasterwork ceilings and unrivalled collection of Brussels tapestries. They are furnished with numerous fine paintings and other works of art, many of which have long associations with Holyroodhouse. The visit to Holyroodhouse includes Mary, Queen of Scots' Chambers and the Darnley Rooms, the setting for many dramatic episodes in Mary's short and turbulent reign. In the Palace's west corner tower are Mary's Bedchamber, described as 'the most famous room in Scotland', and her Outer Chamber, the scene of the murder of her Italian secretary, David Rizzio'. During the summer months, you can join a guided tour of Holyrood Abbey, which lies adjacent to the Palace in the spectacular setting of Arthur's Seat. Escorted by Wardens dressed in their ancient hunting Stewart tartan, you will learn about the building's extraordinary history. « less
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Ranked #17 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Historic Walking Areas; Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks

Edinburgh 's Royal Mile is one of the most famous streets in the world and a must see for all visitors to Edinburgh .  It is in the Old Town, the historic heart of the city, and... more »

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Ranked #18 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
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Category: Castles; Cultural
Owner description: A mighty fortress, the defender of the nation, and a world-famous visitor attraction - Edinburgh Castle has dominated the... more » Owner description: A mighty fortress, the defender of the nation, and a world-famous visitor attraction - Edinburgh Castle has dominated the skyline for centuries. And the high volcanic rock on which it stands has been occupied for thousands of years. Today it is home to Scotland's crown jewels, three military museums, the Scottish National War Memorial, the Prisons of War exhibition, and much more.The castle offers a fabulous day out - an experience not to be missed. Book online with us for fast track tickets to beat the queues! « less
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Ranked #19 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks; Amusement Parks
Owner description: The Edinburgh Dungeon is a unique visitor attraction that brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special... more » Owner description: The Edinburgh Dungeon is a unique visitor attraction that brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages, scenes and rides in a truly unique and exciting walkthrough experience that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel. It's hilarious fun and sometimes a bit scary. Your 80 minute journey will take you through 1000 years of Scotland's dark history. Guided by a full cast of actors, you and your companions walk through The Dungeon, moving from show to show. Shows are based on real Scottish history, minus the boring bits! WINNER OF SCOTLAND'S BEST VISITOR ATTRACTION 2014 AT THE SCOTTISH ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS « less
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Ranked #20 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Owner description: If you like a little added sparkle with your live entertainment then the prestigious Festival Theatre is the place for you.... more » Owner description: If you like a little added sparkle with your live entertainment then the prestigious Festival Theatre is the place for you. Built in 1994, the impressive glass facade imposes a sense of occasion as you enter the sleek and contemporary foyer spaces. Enjoy a drink in our spacious bars and take in the insipring views across to Arthur's Seat - but don't let the modern entrance fool you - the traditional 1915-seat auditorium, with its sumptuous decor and lavish fittings, has all the grandeur and splendour you need for a truly special theatrical experience.Designed as Scotland's premier dance and opera house in 1994, the stage is the largest in Scotland, providing the perfect platform for world-class contemporary dance and ballet, and excellent acoustics make it a number one venue for opera, musicals and concerts. The Festival Theatre continues to provide the best programme of dance and opera in the country, as well as a variety of world-class productions across all artforms. Home to the International Festival in the summer, and Christmas shows in winter, you'll find unmissable entertainment here all year round. « less
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Ranked #21 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Cultural
This is the main church of The Church of Scotland.
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Ranked #22 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Factory Tours; Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: Take a barrel ride as you actually become part of the whisky making process. Experience for yourself our regional whiskies... more » Owner description: Take a barrel ride as you actually become part of the whisky making process. Experience for yourself our regional whiskies and whether you like fruity, sweet or smoky flavours our experts will help you select your perfect dram.Enter the vault containing the world's largest collection of Scotch Whiskies and enjoy a special tutored nosing and tasting. Explore Scotland's whisky history from the very beginnings through to the global success of today. *Important access information* We are delighted to announce that our lift is currently being replaced, with a brand new facility available in the new year. Please be aware that from now until a proposed mid-March finish date for this extensive project, our lift will be closed. This will mean that our tour is inaccessible to wheelchair users, as it takes place over two levels. Our restaurant, Amber will also not be accessible, as it is situated on the lower ground floor. Our specialist whisky shop is at street level so will be unaffected « less
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Ranked #23 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Fully restored period house.
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Ranked #24 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Castles; Cultural
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Ranked #25 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
A 200-foot spire dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish poet.
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Ranked #26 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Architectural Buildings; Cemeteries; Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Cultural
Historical church famous for its cemetery where Bobby, a loyal terrier, kept watch over his master's grave for 14 years.
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Ranked #27 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Art Galleries; Museums
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Ranked #28 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: History Museums; Museums
Owner description: Within the historic setting of Edinburgh Castle, accounts of battles lost and won are told through military artefacts and... more » Owner description: Within the historic setting of Edinburgh Castle, accounts of battles lost and won are told through military artefacts and personal collections. Find out about the life of Scots at war, from the First World War trenches to the Home Front, and learn how conflicts, both at home and abroad, have shaped Scotland's image and reputation over the centuries. « less
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Ranked #29 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Castles; Cultural
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Ranked #30 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Convention Centers; Sports Complexes; Other
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