10 Things To Do in Edinburgh

Find the best things to do in Edinburgh with our ultimate guide to attractions and events.

 

Visit Edinburgh, enjoy the city’s spectacular scenery and activities, and take advantage of the magnificent views in Edinburgh. Whether you are a first-time visitor to the capital, you’ll discover many Edinburgh places, from iconic Edinburgh attractions to unusual ideas for your days in Edinburgh.

You could also get lost in the wonders of Edinburgh museums, savour some delicious traditional dishes and see Edinburgh sights from a new perspective with one of the many Edinburgh tours.

1. Edinburgh CastleEdinburgh Castle is one of the most exciting historic sites in Western Europe, Set in the heart of Scotland’s dynamic capital city it is sure to capture your imagination. The scenery will take your breath away.
The castle opens daily at 9.30am. Closing time varies seasonally. Winter and summer hours are detailed below:
Summer(1 Apr – 30 Sep): 6pm
Winter(1 Oct – 31 Mar): 5pm
We recommend you allow at least 2 hours to see all the castle highlights and to get the most out of your visit.

Tickets:

Adult (16 – 59 yrs) £17.00
Child (5 – 15 yrs) £10.20
Concession (60 yrs+ and unemployed) £13.60

Children under 5 years old go free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Address: Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG, UK
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2. Arthur’s SeatThe parks highest point is Arthur’s Seat, an ancient volcano, and sits 251m above sea level giving excellent view of the city; it is also the site of a large and well preserved fort. This is one of four hill forts dating from around 2000 years ago. With its diverse range of flora and geology it is also site of Special Scientific Interest.
Address: Edinburgh, EH8 8AL, UK
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3. Palace of HolyroodhouseVisit The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Her Majesty The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Standing at the end of Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile, this fine palace is the home of Scottish royal history.

November to March Open daily 09:30-16:30
(last admission 15:15)
April to October Open daily 09:30-18:00
(last admission 16:30)

A typical visit lasts between 1 hour and 1 hour 30 minutes.

Tickets:

Adult £12.50
Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £11.40
Under 17/Disabled £7.50
Under 5 Free
Family (2 adults, 3 under 17s) £32.50

Address: Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX, UK
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4. The Royal MileThe Royal Mile runs through the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, connecting the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, perched high on a base of volcanic rock, with the splendorous Palace of Holyroodhouse, resting in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat. The Mile is overlooked by impressive, towering tenements, between which cobbled closes and narrow stairways interlock to create a secret underground world.
Address: Edinburgh, UK
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5. Calton Hill Calton Hill is also resident to some iconic Scottish monuments and buildings. Monuments include the National Monument, Dugald Stewart Monument, Nelson’s Monument, the Old Royal High School, Robert Burns Monument, Political Martys’ Monument and also the City Observatory.
Address: Edinburgh, UK
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6. Princes Street GardensPrinces Street Gardens is a public park in the centre of Edinburgh, Scotland, in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. The Gardens were created in two phases in the 1770s and 1820s following the long draining of the Nor Loch and building of the New Town, beginning in the 1760s.
Address: Princes St, Edinburgh, EH2 2HG, UK
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7. National Museum of ScotlandThe National Museum of Scotland is one of the Top 10 UK visitor attractions, and in the Top 20 of the most visited museums and galleries in the world.
Address: Chambers St, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF, UK
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8. Edinburgh Old TownEdinburgh’s Old Town is a labyrinth of cobbled streets, narrow alleyways and hidden courtyards, all amazingly well preserved and steeped in the city’s history. At its centre is the Royal Mile, a remarkable street of Reformation-era tenement buildings leading from the seat of Edinburgh Castle on Castle Rock down to the grandiose Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Address: Edinburgh, EH1 1PG, UK
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9. Scottish National Portrait GalleryVisit one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings and explore a fascinating overview of Scotland past and present though a wealth of imagery encompassing painting, photography, sculpture and film.
Address: 1 Queen St, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD, UK
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10. St Giles’ CathedralSt Giles’ is situated on the historic Royal Mile, halfway between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Address: High St, Edinburgh, EH1 1RE, UK
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