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Inchcolm Abbey (South Queensferry)
Ranked #1 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
Category: Historic Sites
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 #2 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
Category: Historic Walking Areas; Neighborhoods
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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Ranked #3 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
Category: Historic Sites
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 #4 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
Category: Lookouts; Specialty Museums; Historic Sites; Science Museums; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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 #5 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
Category: Art Museums
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 #6 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
Category: Historic Sites; Castles
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. For further information on the palace and how to buy tickets, please visit Royal Collection Trust's website. « less
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Ranked #7 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
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Category: Castles
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 #8 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
This is the main church of The Church of Scotland.
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Ranked #9 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
Category: Castles
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Ranked #10 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
Category: Historic Sites
Fully restored period house.
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Ranked #11 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
Category: Cemeteries; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Religious Sites; Architectural Buildings; Historic Sites
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 #12 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
Category: Castles
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Ranked #13 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
Category: Geologic Formations; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Architectural Buildings
Owner description: This massive rock towering over Edinburgh is the setting for Edinburgh Castle and serves as one of the most defining symbols... more » Owner description: This massive rock towering over Edinburgh is the setting for Edinburgh Castle and serves as one of the most defining symbols of Scottish history. « less
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Ranked #14 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
Category: Historic Sites

Dean Village is one of the oldest areas in Edinburgh city centre. There was a village centred around the Milling Industry called the Water of Leith Village back in the days when... more »

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Hopetoun House (South Queensferry)
Ranked #15 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
Category: Historic Sites
This historic building is known as "Scotland's finest stately home."
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Ranked #16 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
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Ranked #17 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Monuments/ Statues
This memorial commemorates the loyal pooch who spent 14 years by his master's grave.
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Ranked #18 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites
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Ranked #19 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
Category: Historic Sites
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Ranked #20 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
Category: Historic Sites
Owner description: Beautiful chamber known for its authentic interiors and painted ceilings. Offers a look into the past through a quality... more » Owner description: Beautiful chamber known for its authentic interiors and painted ceilings. Offers a look into the past through a quality museum experience. « less
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Ranked #21 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
Category: Libraries

The National Library of Scotland is Scotland's largest library. The institution is home to 14 million printed items, over 100,000 manuscripts, around two million maps, and 25,000... more »

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Ranked #22 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
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Ranked #23 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
Category: Religious Sites
This stately chapel is the only original building left in the Edinburgh Castle complex.
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Ranked #24 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
Category: Educational Sites
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Ranked #25 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
Category: Government Buildings

Parliament House is the home of Court of Session (Scotland's highest civil court). It is a complex of historic buildings in Edinburgh's Old Town, just off the Royal Mile and... more »

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Ranked #26 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
Category: History Museums; Libraries
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Ranked #27 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
Category: Neighborhoods; Historic Walking Areas
The modern face of Edinburgh, with lots of restaurants, pubs, museums and galleries.
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Ranked #28 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
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Ranked #29 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #30 of 67 Cultural in Edinburgh
Category: Neighborhoods
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