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3 days in Edinburgh

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3 days in Edinburgh
As the home of the Scottish Enlightenment, Edinburgh is one of Europe's most beautiful cities with a striking landscape that nicely counterpoints a history rich in gore and treachery that inspired Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In three days you can explore Edinburgh's history, from spooky tales of royal and religious intrigue and strife to underground (literally) adventures, all spiced up by Scotland's water of life and an endlessly evocative skyline.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Day 1
Edinburgh Castle
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Edinburgh Castle

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... More

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

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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The Scotch Whisky Experience
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The Scotch Whisky Experience

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... More

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. Less

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St. Giles Cathedral
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St. Giles Cathedral

This is the main church of The Church of Scotland.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Cadies & Witchery Tours
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Cadies & Witchery Tours

The award-winning Cadies & Witchery Tours invite you to join our fearless phantoms for a suspenseful and mirth-filled tour of Edinburgh's Old Town. Step back a few hundred years as Adam Lyal (deceased) and his spooky chums bring the Capital's grisly past vividly to life. Established in 1984, the Cadies have been scaring people from all over the world almost every single night since, and... More

The award-winning Cadies & Witchery Tours invite you to join our fearless phantoms for a suspenseful and mirth-filled tour of Edinburgh's Old Town. Step back a few hundred years as Adam Lyal (deceased) and his spooky chums bring the Capital's grisly past vividly to life. Established in 1984, the Cadies have been scaring people from all over the world almost every single night since, and our walking tours have become one of Edinburgh's must-see attractions. Our tours cater to all ages, and are available at different times throughout the evening. If you have any special requirements, or are looking to arrange a personalised experience, just contact us and tell us about it. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Day 2
Palace of Holyroodhouse
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Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen and is the country's only working royal residence. Admission to the Palace includes the State Apartments, Mary, Queen of Scots' historic chambers and the ruins of the 12th-century Abbey Church. The special exhibition The Commonwealth: Gifts to The Queen is on display at the Palace until 2 November... More

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen and is the country's only working royal residence. Admission to the Palace includes the State Apartments, Mary, Queen of Scots' historic chambers and the ruins of the 12th-century Abbey Church. The special exhibition The Commonwealth: Gifts to The Queen is on display at the Palace until 2 November 2014. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Scottish Parliament
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The Scottish Parliament

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... More

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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Real Mary King's Close
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Real Mary King's Close

  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... more »

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Scottish National Gallery
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Scottish National Gallery

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... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Day 3
National Museum of Scotland
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National Museum of Scotland

Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, science and technology, art and design and Scottish history, all under one roof.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Old Town
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Old Town

Edinburgh's oldest neighborhood, dating back to medieval times: these small streets are lined with wool shops, pubs and historical monuments.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Royal Yacht Britannia
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Royal Yacht Britannia

Experience 'Scotland's Best Visitor Attraction' (VisitScotland). The Royal Yacht Britannia proudly served the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over one million miles around the world. Now berthed in Edinburgh, you can follow in the footsteps of Royalty and world leaders with a fascinating audio tour of her magnificent five decks. Available in 27 languages, it is the world's most... More

Experience 'Scotland's Best Visitor Attraction' (VisitScotland). The Royal Yacht Britannia proudly served the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over one million miles around the world. Now berthed in Edinburgh, you can follow in the footsteps of Royalty and world leaders with a fascinating audio tour of her magnificent five decks. Available in 27 languages, it is the world's most translated tour and is included in the admission price. From the Royal Apartments to the Crew’s Quarters and Engine Room, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Treat yourself in the Royal Deck Tea Room with delicious menus made on board in the Royal Galley, stunning waterfront views and waiter service that will make you feel like Royalty. Complete your tour with a browse round the fabulous Gift Shop in Ocean Terminal Open year round with free parking at Ocean Terminal. Only 15 minutes from Edinburgh city centre. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Princes Street Gardens
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Princes Street Gardens

Impeccably landscaped park and woodland surrounding Edinburgh Castle.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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