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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

Craigmillar Castle

Attractions

A fabulous and largely complete ruin with parts dating back more than 600 years, Craigmillar Castle is a little out of the way; two and a half miles south...

Craigmillar Castle Road

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

Gladstone's Land

Attractions

Built in 1550 and extensively rebuilt 70 years later by Merchant Burgess Thomas Gledstanes, an ancestor of prime minister William Gladstone, Gladstone's...

477b Lawnmarket

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

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

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

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

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

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

St Cuthbert's Parish Church

Attractions

St Cuthbert's has claim to being one of the oldest places of worship in or around the city. However, although its steeple dates to 1789, the church's...

5 Lothian Road
Free
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