ATTRACTIONS, LANDMARKS & MUSEUMS

An ideal base for exploring this historic city, the majority of Edinburgh’s most famous landmarks can be reached by foot – or are a very short taxi, bus or tram journey. The main historic lures of this ancient Scottish city are all on our doorstep, as well as exceptional shopping, cuisine and theatre experiences. Things step up a gear in August with the world-famous Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Military Tattoo and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, all combining to make Edinburgh the festival capital of the world.


Edinburgh Castle
This ancient stronghold dominates the capital’s skyline and is a great day out for the family.
edinburghcastle.gov.uk

Calton Hill
This hill in the centre of the city is a UNESCO world heritage site, built as the home of the Scottish parliament but never used, and ‘Scotland’s disgrace’ — an unfinished monument to the war dead.
edinburgh.gov.uk

National Portrait Gallery
A major gallery housing portraits of Scotland’s most important people, past and present
nationalgalleries.org/portraitgallery

National Gallery of Scotland
One of the world’s greatest collections of fine and modern art as well as work by leading Scottish painters.
nationalgalleries.gov.uk

National Museum
Scotland’s biggest tourist attraction allows you to take a journey through Scotland’s history, taking in the wonders of nature, art, fashion, science and technology.
nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland

Scott Monument
The distinctive Scott Monument, reached by 287 steps, commemorates Sir Walter Scott, one of Scotland's greatest novelists.
edinburghmuseums.org.uk

Royal Scottish Academy
The home of contemporary art in Scotland, located on The Mound.
royalscottishacademy.org.uk

Palace of Holyroodhouse
The official resident of Her Majesty, The Queen in Scotland.
royalcollection.org.uk

Scottish Parliament
Located on the Royal Mile, guided tours are a great way to access the art and history of this landmark building.
scottish.parliament.co.uk

Our Dynamic Earth
Brilliant interactive visitor attraction brings the story of planet Earth to life.
dynamicearth.co.uk

Royal Yacht Britannia
Discover life onboard a ship that served the royal family for over 40 years.
royalyachtbritannia.co.uk

Edinburgh Zoo
Set in 82 acres of land just west of the city centre, this zoo contains over 1,000 rare and endangered animals.
edinburghzoo.org.uk

Scotch Whisky Experience
Home to the World's largest collection of Scotch whisky.
scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk

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