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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

Greyfriars Kirk

Attractions

On the site of a Franciscan friary, Greyfriars dates back to 1620. The west end of the church was reduced to ruins in 1718 after the local council's...

2 Greyfriars Place
Free

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

Holyrood Park Information Centre

Attractions

Housed in an old stone lodge, this unstaffed information centre has displays on the park's history, geology and archaeological features, along with useful...

Horse Wynd

Hub

Attractions, Shops

The Grade A-listed Highland Tolbooth St John's Kirk started life as the Victoria Hall for the Established Church General Assembly in 1844, following the...

348 Castlehill
Free

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
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

Magdalen Chapel

Attractions

Built between 1541 and 1547 (the steeple was added in 1626), Magdalen Chapel is the headquarters of the Scottish Reformation Society. The chapel held the...

41 Cowgate
Free

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

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

National Library of Scotland

Attractions

The NLS is one of the UK's deposit libraries, entitled to request a copy of every printed item published in the UK and Ireland. It contains around 14...

George IV Bridge
Free

Nelson Monument

Attractions

If the views from Calton Hill aren't grand enough for your liking, you can get an even better all-round vantage point from the top of the Nelson Monument....

Calton Hill

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

People's Story

Attractions, Museums

With Edinburgh's Tolbooth long since consigned to history, the Canongate Tolbooth is one of the most emotionally resonant buildings in the Old Town. It's...

Canongate Tolbooth, 163 Canongate
Free