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  • 1

    Edinburgh Castle

    4.5
    100 reviews

    The main attraction in Edinburgh. Superb views from the top overlooking the new town and the Firth of Forth. Some interesting other parts of the castle.

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  • 2

    Royal Mile

    4.5
    51 reviews

    Quinessentially Ediburgh, the Royal Mile is the main tourist shoppingg street that leads up to the Ediburgh Castle. Lots to see, do, eat, and drink along the eay

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  • 3

    Arthur's Seat

    4.5
    44 reviews

    Arthur's Seat is a group of hills in Holyrood Park, It's a moderate hike to get up them, but it's not that long and you are rewarded with great views of the city and the bay.

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  • 4

    Princes Street

    4
    37 reviews

    Princes Street is one of the main streets in London, lined with chain and souvenir stores. Princes Park, the Scott Monument, Waverly Sation, the National Gallery, and many other major sights are on Princes Street and a short walk from each other.

    Popular withLocalHistoryFamilies
  • 5

    Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

    4.5
    31 reviews

    such a lovely place in summer and like a picture post card

    Popular withLocalHistoryFamilies
  • 6

    Scott Monument

    4.5
    29 reviews

    Beautiful monument in the heart of the city. You can climb to the top of it to get some wonderful views, however there are plenty of places you can get views of Edinburgh for free

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  • 7

    Princes Street Gardens

    4.5
    26 reviews

    The Princes Street Gardens are a lovely bit of green in the center of Edinburgh sitting between Old Town and New Town. At one end is the Waverley train station, at the other, is the National Gallery of Scotland. You can't help but see the Gardens while in Edinburgh but take a few moments to enjoy them.

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  • 8

    Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

    5
    24 reviews

    I had wanted to go for years & when I got the chance it was even better than I thought. I had watched it so many times on TV but it is even better being there. The atmosphere make it so much better & being with people who enjoy the tattoo makes it so special.

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  • 9

    Calton Hill

    4
    28 reviews

    Offers fantastic views of the city and can easily be reached on foot from Princes Street, though perhaps not at night.

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  • 10

    Grassmarket

    4
    26 reviews

    a bit further walking as Victoria street..ending in this nice square, with lots of caf├ęs and restaurants and every year it seems it getting busier. but very nice indeed. at the foot of the Castle Hill.

    Popular withLocalBudgetStudents
  • 11

    National Gallery of Scotland

    4
    25 reviews

    This is a lovely lovely museum, and it has a beautiful sculpture park, with the likes of Henry Moore dotted around an artfully designed garden. Well worth the stroll.

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  • 12

    St Giles' Cathedral

    4
    18 reviews

    St Giles' Cathedral, the High Kirk of Edinburgh, is the principal place of worship of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. Its steeple which looks like a crown is a prominent feature. The church is found about a third of the way down the Royal Mile which runs from the Castle to Holyrood Palace. Inside there are helpful volunteers who ...

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  • 13

    Rosslyn Chapel

    4.5
    16 reviews

    Not really a 'day trip' out of Edinburgh - more like an afternoon's activity - a visit to Rosslyn Chapel is worth making the effort to get there. If you don't have a car, there is a bus you can take out to the town where the chapel is, and you'll be dropped off practically at the doorstep of the ...

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  • 14

    The Scotch Whisky Experience

    4.5
    16 reviews

    Great time!

    Popular withFoodiesLocalHistory
  • 15

    Holyroodhouse Palace

    4
    17 reviews

    Queen's official residence in Scotland at the end of the Royal Mile. More austere than its English counterparts. The current royals prefer Balmoral. I found the tour interesting, but not essential.

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  • 16

    Holyrood Park

    4.5
    14 reviews

    Amazing space with room for just about everything from light to intense jogging, hiking, large playing fields, marshland and nature preserves.

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  • 17

    Camera Obscura

    4.5
    13 reviews

    Camera Obscura is a small children's museum devoted to optics and optical illusions, including a camera obscura. It sits on a hill so it also offers great views of Edinburgh.

    Popular withFamilies
  • 18

    The Royal Museum

    4.5
    12 reviews

    Surprised by the world class, high quality collection. Next to the central train station.

    Popular withLocalHistoryBudget
  • 19

    The Free Edinburgh Fringe Festival

    5
    9 reviews

    What a trip! Free, fun, wild, crazy performers all over the street and in pubs, schools, and churches doing all sorts of random things. Street performers line the Royal Mile street and sidewalks, doing little acts, some not doing anything but is an act, and anything people can think of. A definite must-see if you are in Edinburgh in the ...

    Popular withDesignLocalOutdoor
  • 20

    Royal Botanic Garden

    4.5
    10 reviews

    Gardens

    Popular withOutdoorSpiritualFamilies
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