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Edinburgh Castle

Critics' choice
Attractions

Military barracks, prison, royal residence, murder scene, birthplace of kings and queens… Edinburgh Castle has served a variety of purposes during the...

Castlehill
Major venue

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

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

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

Scotland's People Centre

Attractions, Restaurants & cafés, Shops

Opened by the Queen in summer 2008, Scotland's People Centre is the country's leading facility for family research, describing itself as the 'official...

2 Princes Street
Free

Scott Monument

Critics' choice
Attractions

Travellers emerging from Waverley Station expecting to see austere classical architecture may gawp in disbelief at the Victorian Gothic ostentation of the...

East Princes Street Gardens

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Art, Attractions

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery's collection takes in everything from historic figures (the mural in the foyer depicts key moments in the country's...

1 Queen Street
Free

St Cuthbert's Parish Church

Attractions

St Cuthbert's has claim to being one of the oldest places of worship in or around the city. However, although its steeple dates to 1789, the church's...

5 Lothian Road
Free

St John's Episcopal Church

Attractions

Designed in the perpendicular Gothic style by William Burn, who also built the Melville Monument in St Andrew Square, St John's began life in 1816, just...

3 Lothian Road
Free