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Brass Rubbing Centre

Attractions

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
Free

Camera Obscura & the World of Illusion

Attractions

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...

Castlehill

Craigies

Critics' choice
Attractions

At this fruit farm, you can pick your own soft fruit (also available by the punnet), enjoy some ravishing views over to Fife and down the Firth of Forth,...

West Craigie Farm

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 Dungeon

Attractions

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 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

Gorgie City Farm

Attractions

This lovely, informal spot is a working farm. As well as the usual farmyard favourites (a Jersey cow, old-breed pigs, sheep, goats and ponies), a pet lodge...

15 Gorgie Road
Free

Lauriston Castle

Attractions

Set in large, reasonably well-kept grounds and now in the care of the local authority, this neo-Jacobean fortified property was built in the 1590s (as a...

Cramond Road South

Molly's

Attractions

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

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

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 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

Scottish Seabird Centre

Attractions

With its seashore location, state-of-the-art cameras and live-feed webcams, this is a great place to view seabirds. You can also book Sea.fari trips out...

The Harbour

Seafari Adventures

Attractions, Tours

Seafari runs popular one-hour jaunts around the Forth from Newhaven on an 11-metre rigid inflatable boat (RIB); waterproofs are provided for passengers....

Sailings from Newhaven Harbour

Time Twisters

Critics' choice
Attractions

Edinburgh's newest play centre has an Egyptian theme, and is a dream location for any children into mummies, crocodiles, pyramids and the like. The centre...

Unit 5, Catalyst Trade Park