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Police Information Centre

Attractions, Museums

Staffed by friendly coppers (indeed, it's a working police office), this small room has information on almost every aspect of policing in Edinburgh both...

188 High Street
Free

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

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

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

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 Gallery of Modern Art

Critics' choice
Art, Attractions, Museums

Since 1984, Scotland's national collection of modern art has been housed in this neo-classical structure, designed by William Burn in the 1820s as an...

Belford Road
Free

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

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

Scottish Poetry Library

Attractions

Founded in 1984, the Scottish Poetry Library has been housed in this award-winning building since 1999, one of the unlikely architectural surprises...

5 Crichton's Close
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

Scottish Storytelling Centre & John Knox House

Attractions, Museums

The Scottish Storytelling Centre opened in 2006 in a space that was formerly home to the Netherbow Theatre. Now visitors are ushered through the unassuming...

43 High Street
Free

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