City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Visitor attractions


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Photo Edinburgh Venue Venue Description Venue type
Edinburgh Castle in June
Edinburgh Castle Edinburgh Castle is the top paid tourist attraction in Scotland, with over 1.4 million visitors in 2013. Situated at the heart of the Scottish capital, the castle is perched on top of the craggy... Visitor Attractions
Calton Hill Sun Rise
Calton Hill Calton Hill is one of Edinburgh's main hills, set right in the city centre. It is unmistakable with its Athenian acropolis poking above the skyline. Visitor Attractions
West Princes Street Gardens in Summer
West Princes Street Gardens West Princes Street Gardens is the larger of the two tracts of green space (the other being East Princes Street Gardens) that run parallel to Princes Street in the heart of the city. The gardens were... Visitor Attractions
E Princes St Garden Wide
East Princes Street Gardens Although fenced off with Edinburgh's characteristic black, wrought iron railings, The Gardens are open to the public and easily accessed at various gates along Princes Street and other points. Visitor Attractions
Greyfriars Kirk
Greyfriars Kirk Greyfriars Kirk, also known as Greyfriars Tolbooth and Highland Kirk, was the first church built in Edinburgh after the Reformation and opened in 1620. Visitor Attractions
NMS Opening: Crowds in the Grand Gallery
National Museum of Scotland The National Museum of Scotland re-opened on 29th July 2011, following a £47.4 million refurbishment of the Victorian building. Visitor Attractions
Old College quad lawn
Old College Quad The Quad is encircled by the historic buildings of Old College and provides a large playing area surrounded by a raised balcony offering excellent sight lines for large scale outdoor performan Visitor Attractions
National Galleries of Scotland Reno
Scottish National Gallery The Scottish National Gallery (aka National Gallery of Scotland, National Gallery Complex) incorporates three buildings in the centre of Edinburgh: the National Gallery of Scotland (home to Scotland'... Visitor Attractions
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Scottish National Portrait Gallery The Scottish National Portrait Gallery provides a unique visual history of Scotland, told through the portraits of those who shaped it. Admission to the gallery is free, although an entrance charge... Visitor Attractions
Mansfield Traquair Centre front
Mansfield Traquair Centre Fringe-goers may remember the former catholic Mansfield church building at the foot of Broughton Street when as Cafe Grafitti it buzzed with live music acts from around the world. Or maybe you were... Visitor Attractions
Hopetoun Southside
Hopetoun House Palatial stately home near South Queensferry overlooking the Firth of Forth (just West of the Forth Bridges), with large rambling grounds. Hopetoun is held under private charitable trust, but remains... Visitor Attractions
The Fringe Office
Edinburgh Fringe Shop and Box Office The Fringe Shop is located on the Royal Mile (aka the High Street), just down from St. Visitor Attractions
Botanic Garden, Edinburgh
The Royal Botanic Garden The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), located in Edinburgh's Inverleith area, is often dubbed Scotland's answer to Kew gardens. It is not only a place to learn about trees, ferns, plants, and... Visitor Attractions
Royal Yacht Britannia sun lounge
Royal Yacht Britannia The Queen was seen to publicly shed a tear, not a common event, when the Royal Yacht was put to pasture at the docks in Leith in 1998. Visitor Attractions
Scotch Whisky Experience Whisky themed visitor centre, with a five-star rating from the Scottish Tourist Board, that offers a tour through 300 years of whisky history. Visitor Attractions
Fine figures
Edinburgh Zoo In the 1990s, Edinburgh Zoo seemed a run-down and depressing place. Visitor Attractions
Scottish Parliament Building
Scottish Parliament "The Scottish parliament, adjourned on the 25th day of March, 1707, is hereby reconvened." Visitor Attractions
Tattoo Office front
Edinburgh Tattoo Office Get your tickets for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo here in person or online. Visitor Attractions
Holyroodhouse from Holyrood Park
Palace of Holyroodhouse The Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence in Scotland of the Queen, stands at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Visitor Attractions
John Knox and the Storytelling
John Knox House This 15th century house was home to James Mosman, goldsmith to Mary Queen of Scots, and was the final residence of John Knox, leader of the Scottish Reformation and founder of the Presbyterian Chur Visitor Attractions