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3D Loch Ness Experience


No, Loch Ness hasn't been piped down to the city: this is simply a multilingual exploration of the facts and myths that surround this most infamous body of...

1 Parliament Square

Brass Rubbing Centre


The Brass Rubbing Centre is housed in an atmospheric location: the apse that is the only surviving remnant of the Gothic Trinity College Church, founded in...

Trinity Apse

Camera Obscura & the World of Illusion


Created by optician Maria Short in the 1850s, the Camera Obscura is a system of mirrors that projects a periscope image of the city on to a white disc in...


Dean Gallery

Art, Attractions

Housed in an impressive 1831 building that was originally an orphanage, the Dean Gallery offers an impressive range of modern art. The permanent collection...

Belford Road

Dovecot Studio

Art, Attractions

Opened in 1887, the Infirmary Street Baths were the product of Victorian public health improvements. The bathhouse gave people from the neighbourhood...

10 Infirmary Street

Edinburgh College of Art

Art, Attractions

The ECA operates a year-round programme of exhibitions by artists from all over the world, but there are three key local events in amongst them: the May...

74 Lauriston Place

Edinburgh Dungeon


If you like your history packed with facts, this might not be for you. However, if disease, murder, exaggerated pantomime mayhem and the pornography of...

31 Market Street

Edinburgh Old Town Weaving Co


Occupying the building that held the old Castlehill reservoir, this establishment is like an extensive complex of concessions where you can do everything...

555 Castlehill

Georgian House

Attractions, Museums

When John Lamont, the 18th Chief of Clan Lamont, bought this house in 1796, it cost him the princely sum of £1,600. It's now run by the National Trust for...

7 Charlotte Square

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



Molly's offers a multi-tier soft play area, with a toddler zone. It's in a shopping mall and can get busy, especially at weekends, but it can also be a...

Ocean Terminal

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

Our Dynamic Earth

Attractions, Museums

Our Dynamic Earth is near the former home of Edinburgh-born James Hutton, the father of geology. It's anyone's guess what he'd make of its modern, tent-like...

Holyrood Road
Major venue

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

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
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