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Ranked #31 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks

  To experience Mary King's Close is to step back in time.  A Close means Alley way. The homes and apartments dating back to the plague, were used to support a government building... more »

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Ranked #32 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Convention Centers; Sports Complexes; Other
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Ranked #33 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Architectural Buildings; Geologic Formations; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Cultural
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 #34 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
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Ranked #35 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #36 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: History Museums; Specialty Museums; Museums
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Ranked #37 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Cultural
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Hopetoun House (South Queensferry)
Ranked #38 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
This historic building is known as "Scotland's finest stately home."
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Ranked #39 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
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Ranked #40 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Libraries; Cultural

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 #41 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #42 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural

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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Ranked #43 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Museums
Owner description: The Museum of Edinburgh is the City’s treasure box - a maze of historic rooms crammed full of iconic objects from the... more » Owner description: The Museum of Edinburgh is the City’s treasure box - a maze of historic rooms crammed full of iconic objects from the Capital’s past. Find out about the history of Edinburgh from the earliest times to the present day. Discover more about the city, its people, crafts and trades and the beautiful objects they created.The Museum is also home to Foundation Edinburgh - The Story of a City, a fascinating and unique audiovisual presentation devoted to Edinburgh's turbulent history, from volcanic beginnings to modern day cultural Capital. « less
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Ranked #44 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Art Museums; Museums
Owner description: Please note: while Modern One is being rehung for our upcoming GENERATION exhibition there's still an opportunity to catch... more » Owner description: Please note: while Modern One is being rehung for our upcoming GENERATION exhibition there's still an opportunity to catch our highly acclaimed JD Fergusson exhibition at Modern Two. Home to Scotland's outstanding national collection of modern and contemporary art, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art comprises two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two. Set in beautiful parkland close to the Water of Leith you can explore sculpture by major artists such as Ian Hamilton Finlay, Henry Moore, Rachel Whiteread and Barbara Hepworth. On permanent display is a fascinating recreation of Eduard Paolozzi's studio, as well as his 7.3M tall sculpture, Vulcan, that dominates the cafe. Also in Modern Two is The Stairwell Project, a large-scale, permanent work by 2009 Turner Prize winner Richard Wright.The collection at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art ranges from 1900s to the present day, including works by Matisse, Picasso, Vuillard and Dix, as well as a superb selection of paintings by Scottish artists such as Peploe, Fergusson, Gillies and Redpath. Also on display are postwar works by Bacon, Freud, Davie, Hockney and Leger and more recent pieces by Turner prize winning artists Richard Wright and Martin Creed, alongside Karla Black, Douglas Gordon and Tracey Emin to name a few. « less
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Ranked #45 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Museums

The Museum on the Mound's is a small museum associated with the Bank of Scotland traces the history of banking and money in Scotland with interesting side trips into crime... more »

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Ranked #46 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #47 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Natural History Museums; Science Museums; Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: Our Dynamic Earth is a 5 star visitor experience which invites you to take a journey through time to witness story of planet... more » Owner description: Our Dynamic Earth is a 5 star visitor experience which invites you to take a journey through time to witness story of planet Earth. Through a series of interactive exhibits, state of the art technology and even a 4D encounter you will feel the heat of a bubbling volcano, face the chill of polar ice, fly across the globe before crash landing in a tropical rainforest. As if this wasn't enough, Dynamic Earth is home to Scotland's only 360 degree full dome film theatre. We have a variety of films showing throughout the year. « less
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Ranked #48 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
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 #49 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
This stately chapel is the only original building left in the Edinburgh Castle complex.
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Ranked #50 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Cultural
This memorial commemorates the loyal pooch who spent 14 years by his master's grave.
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Ranked #51 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: In the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, the Scottish Parliament building opened in 2004 and has since welcomed over 3 million... more » Owner description: In the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, the Scottish Parliament building opened in 2004 and has since welcomed over 3 million visitors. Usually open from Monday to Saturday, visitors can join a free guided tour or see parliament in action, depending on which day you visit (booking essential). Discover the parliament through our exhibition, and enjoy our cafe and shop. A free creche is also available, Monday to Friday. We look forward to welcoming you to this 'landmark for 21st century democracy'. « less
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Ranked #52 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
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Ranked #53 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: Adults can indulge in a nostalgia-fest and children discover how their (not so) aged parents amused themselves as youngsters... more » Owner description: Adults can indulge in a nostalgia-fest and children discover how their (not so) aged parents amused themselves as youngsters in a world before video games. There’s a wholesomeness to the construction kits and embroidery sets that once kept little fingers busy in a world that embraced the notion of "Improving Sunday Toys," while train sets and dolls houses have enduring appeal. If the implacable stare of the massed ranks of a compendious collection of dolls becomes a little unnerving, there are dressing-up boxes, and regular organized activities to provide diversions. « less
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Ranked #54 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: The Writers' Museum in the 17th century Lady Stair's House, is dedicated to the lives and work of Scotland's great literary... more » Owner description: The Writers' Museum in the 17th century Lady Stair's House, is dedicated to the lives and work of Scotland's great literary figures, particularly Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. The rich collection of manuscripts, first editions and portraits is complemented by a series of personal exhibits that include Burns' writing desk and the Ballantyne Press on which Scott's Waverley novels were originally published. « less
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Ranked #55 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Historic Walking Areas; Neighborhoods; Cultural
The modern face of Edinburgh, with lots of restaurants, pubs, museums and galleries.
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Ranked #56 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Historic Walking Areas; Hiking Trails; Outdoors
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Ranked #57 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
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Ranked #58 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Educational Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #59 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Beaches; Outdoors

          A mile(ish) stretch of sandy beach with cafe's, pubs, ice cream and a couple of old fashioned amusement arcades. It's a bucket and spade kids beach popular with kite... more »

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Ranked #60 of 156 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Zoos/Aquariums
Owner description: Edinburgh Zoo is set in 82 acres of sloping parkland and is situated three miles to the west of Edinburgh city centre. It is... more » Owner description: Edinburgh Zoo is set in 82 acres of sloping parkland and is situated three miles to the west of Edinburgh city centre. It is home to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals, including chimpanzees, sun bears, Indian Rhinos, the UK's only koalas and the first Giant Pandas in the UK for 17 years.You can experience a busy programme of educational events and activities from keeper talks to hands-on animal encounters. There is also a wide-range of eating experiences, several play areas, a fantastic gift shop and hilltop safari rides.Viewing for the Giant Pandas is free but ticketed.(included with entry fee) To avoid disappointment we are advising all visitors to pre-book their tickets through our website to guarantee viewing. Panda viewing tickets must be booked at the same time as you buy your entry ticket. « less
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