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Dean Village
Ranked #31 of 197 attractions 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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Ranked #32 of 197 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Specialty Museums
Owner description: Surgeons' Hall houses one of the largest and most historic collections of surgical pathology in the World. Developed as a... more » Owner description: Surgeons' Hall houses one of the largest and most historic collections of surgical pathology in the World. Developed as a teaching museum for students of medicine, its fascinating collections, including bone and tissue specimens, artefacts and works of art, have also been open to the public since 1832, making it Scotland's oldest museum. The History of Surgery Museum traces the story of surgery in Scotland from 1505 to the present day through objects, images and artworks. The Pathology Museum is the oldest purpose-built museum that still houses its original collection in Scotland. The Dental Museum incorporates the outstanding object and art collection of Menzies Campbell, and is one of the top dentistry collections in Britain. In 2012 the Museum was host to the exhibition "Watching on the Heights: The Life and Work of Joseph Lister" and the "60 Years of Surgery" exhibition launched for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. In 2013, Surgeons' Hall Museum hosted a new exhibition, entitled "Women in Warfare", which was launched to coincide with the "Women in Warfare: From Troy to the Trenches". This exhibition ran until December 2013. Currently the Museum is open from 10am - 5pm, 7 days a week The Museum will be closed for redevelopment from 18th May 2014 - Summer 2015. « less
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Ranked #33 of 197 attractions in Edinburgh
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Ranked #34 of 197 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Sports Complexes
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Ranked #35 of 197 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Historic Sites

  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 #36 of 197 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Movie Theaters
A small, three-screened theater playing Scotland's most innovative independent films.
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Ranked #37 of 197 attractions 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 #38 of 197 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 #39 of 197 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Historic Sites
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Ranked #40 of 197 attractions 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 #41 of 197 attractions 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 #42 of 197 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Educational Sites
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Ranked #43 of 197 attractions 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 #44 of 197 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Historic Sites
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Ranked #45 of 197 attractions 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 #46 of 197 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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Hopetoun House (South Queensferry)
Ranked #47 of 197 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Historic Sites
This historic building is known as "Scotland's finest stately home."
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Ranked #48 of 197 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: History Museums; Specialty Museums
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Ranked #49 of 197 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
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Ranked #50 of 197 attractions in Edinburgh
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Ranked #51 of 197 attractions 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 #52 of 197 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Specialty 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 #53 of 197 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Museums
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Ranked #54 of 197 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Historic Sites
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 #55 of 197 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites
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Ranked #56 of 197 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Concerts
Owner description: Unique concert hall in the heart of Edinburgh. Music, comedy, award ceremonies, hospitality and more. Celebrating 100 years... more » Owner description: Unique concert hall in the heart of Edinburgh. Music, comedy, award ceremonies, hospitality and more. Celebrating 100 years in 2014 « less
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Ranked #57 of 197 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Comedy Clubs
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Ranked #58 of 197 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Art Museums
Owner description: Home to Scotland’s outstanding national collection of modern and contemporary art, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern... more » Owner description: 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 café. 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 #59 of 197 attractions in Edinburgh
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Ranked #60 of 197 attractions in Edinburgh
Category: Religious Sites
This stately chapel is the only original building left in the Edinburgh Castle complex.
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