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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

Edinburgh Zoo

Critics' choice
Attractions

Edinburgh Zoo's greatest claim to kids' attention is the Penguin Parade. It's scheduled for 2.15pm daily (Apr-Aug) subject to the penguins' attitudes; given...

Corstorphine Road
Major venue

High Kirk of St Giles

Critics' choice
Attractions

There's been a church on this site since AD 854. Nothing remains of the earliest structures, but the four pillars that surround the Holy Table in the centre...

High Street
FreeMajor venue

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

Palace of Holyroodhouse & the Queen's Gallery

Critics' choice
Attractions

The Palace of Holyroodhouse has its origins in the Abbey of Holyrood (now picturesque ruins), established in 1128 by David I. When Edinburgh was confirmed...

Holyrood Road
Major venue

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Critics' choice
Attractions

The Royal Botanic Garden has delighted both plant-lovers and casual strollers for almost two centuries. Edinburgh's most peaceful tourist attraction, it's...

Inverleith Row
FreeMajor venue

Royal Yacht Britannia

Critics' choice
Attractions

Launched in 1953, the year of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, the Royal Yacht Britannia was used by the royal family for state visits, holidays and...

Ocean Terminal
Major venue

Scotch Whisky Experience

Critics' choice
Attractions, Shops

The shop alone makes this tourist-orientated whisky centre worth a visit. The selection of blended whisky and single malts, some popular and some obscure,...

354 Castlehill
Major venue

Scottish Parliament

Critics' choice
Attractions

The people of Edinburgh had a long wait to see the building that houses their new parliament. When the scaffolding and coverings were finally removed, a...

Canongate
FreeMajor venue