Opened in 1913 on a large site occupying part of Corstorphine Hill in the west of the city, Edinburgh Zoo has long been established as a major visitor attraction. Many come for the giant pandas who arrived from China in 2011, but the daily penguin parade – where the birds leave their enclosure and wander around – has been going on for more than half a century and still draws a crowd. Elsewhere there are impressive beasts like leopards and lions, cute ones like chimps, koalas and meerkats, and many more besides, from armadillos to zebras.
From the palaces and gardens dotted around the centre to the castle looming over it, there’s no shortage of immediately recognisable attractions in Edinburgh. So much so, it can be difficult to know where to start if you’re new in town.
Whether it’s the museums and art galleries or parks and quaint cobbled alleys – hiya Old Town – there’s no denying Edinburgh’s a tourist magnet, but that’s not to say its leading attractions can’t appeal to residents as well. We’ve whittled them down to our top 10, so take a look and get stuck in. If you’ve lived here all your life and have never seen the view from Edinburgh Castle or drunk tea on the Royal Yacht Britannia, now’s your chance.
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