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Inverleith House

Attractions, Museums

Bang in the middle of the Botanics, this imposing, austere, late Georgian building was designed in 1774 by David Henderson for James Rocheid, whose family...

Royal Botanic Garden, Inverleith Row
Free

Museum of Childhood

Museums

This popular attraction was founded in 1955 by local councillor Patrick Murray, who made sure that visitors understood the difference between a museum of...

42 High Street
FreeMajor venue

Museum of Edinburgh

Museums

While the People's Story across the road is a tribute to hardship and to Edinburgh's redoubtable working class folk, the Museum of Edinburgh smacks more of...

Huntly House, 142-146 Canongate
Free

Museum of Scotland

Critics' choice
Museums

The museum, previously known as the Museum of Scotland before merging with the Royal Museum, was judged to be the Scottish Building of the Year after its...

Chambers Street
FreeMajor venue

Museum on the Mound

Museums

Opened in September 2006, the Museum on the Mound is housed within the former Bank of Scotland head office (it's now the Scottish headquarters for the...

The Mound
Free

National Gallery of Scotland

Critics' choice
Art, Attractions, Museums

Edinburgh has a wealth of institutions serving the visual arts, but perhaps none is as grand as the National Gallery. Built by William Playfair in 1848, it...

The Mound
FreeMajor venue

National Museum of Scotland & Royal Museum

Critics' choice
Museums

Designed by Benson & Forsyth, the NMS was judged to be the Scottish Building of the Year after opening in 1998. The huge, airy complex is full of stairways...

Chambers Street
Free

People's Story

Attractions, Museums

With Edinburgh's Tolbooth long since consigned to history, the Canongate Tolbooth is one of the most emotionally resonant buildings in the Old Town. It's...

Canongate Tolbooth, 163 Canongate
Free

Police Information Centre

Attractions, Museums

Staffed by friendly coppers (indeed, it's a working police office), this small room has information on almost every aspect of policing in Edinburgh both...

188 High Street
Free

Royal Museum

Attractions, Museums

The Royal Museum is in the throes of a Herculean reinvention (due to finish in 2011) and now forms part of the National Museum of Scotland. The beautifully...

Chambers Street
Free

Royal Scottish Academy

Art, Attractions, Museums

This grand structure was completed in 1826 to the designs of William Playfair, but its exterior dates from eight years later, after Playfair was asked to...

The Mound
Free

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Critics' choice
Art, Attractions, Museums

Since 1984, Scotland's national collection of modern art has been housed in this neo-classical structure, designed by William Burn in the 1820s as an...

Belford Road
Free

Scottish Storytelling Centre & John Knox House

Attractions, Museums

The Scottish Storytelling Centre opened in 2006 in a space that was formerly home to the Netherbow Theatre. Now visitors are ushered through the unassuming...

43 High Street
Free

War Poets Collection

Museums

This Victorian building at Craiglockhart was used as a sanatorium for shell-shocked soldiers during World War I. Among them were Wilfrid Owen and Siegfried...

Edinburgh Napier University Business School
Free

Writers' Museum

Museums

The only original dwelling of Lady Stair's Close still standing, Lady Stair's House is remarkable for its sharp turnpike staircases and maze-like layout....

Lady Stair's House, Makars' Court
Free