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Aha Ha Ha

Shops

The city's best-known joke shop is flagged by an oversized Groucho moustache and glasses above the front door. You'll also find stage make-up, magic tricks...

99 West Bow

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

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

Elephant House

Budget
Restaurants & cafés

This popular café draws everyone from skiving students to grannies out with the grandkids. The food menu runs to salads, baguettes and savouries; some of...

21 George IV Bridge

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 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

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

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 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 Storytelling Centre

Theatre

The refurbished former Netherbow Arts Centre now serves as a home for storytelling, arguably Scotland's one indigenous art form. The venue presents regular...

43-45 High Street