World famous delightful Scottish historic city
Time to spend here: 1 - 3 days
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, and combines everything you would want in a historic city from its famous castle, royal palace, narrow medieval streets and Georgian squares to a dynamic modern dimension that includes international festivals, cutting edge arts, trendy bars and enticing restaurants all amidst a cosmopolitan environment but with a noticeably Scottish flavour. The city centre has two distinct parts. The New Town to the north has Princes Street the main shopping street, while the Old Town south and east of castle ridge is brimming with history as you explore the atmospheric cobbled streets and alleys.
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
Edinburgh Castle is Scotland’s number 1 visitor attraction. Sitting majestically upon a volcanic rock at the top of the famous Royal Mile. It includes St Margaret’s Chapel from the 12th century and the Great Hall where the Scottish Parliament met until 1639. The One o'clock gun sounds at 1pm every day except Sundays, and is well worth seeing and hearing!
The Royal Mile
The Royal Mile, Edinburgh
The Royal Mile stretches from the Castle to The Palace of Holyrood House and Scottish Parliament. Along the mile there are a number of attractions: The Writers Museum provides a glimpse into the lives of three of Scotland's best known writers - Burns, Scott and Stevenson. The Scotch Whisky Experience, shows you the distilling process as you take a ride through a replica distillery – a must for all whisky lovers. The Camera Obscura and world of Illusions is a truly entertaining experience for all ages. The Museum of Childhood lets you step back in time as you see 5 galleries showing how children have been dressed and educated over the years.
The Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Palace of Holyrood House, Edinburgh
The Palace of Holyroodhouse is Her Majesty The Queen's official residence in Scotland. You can visit the Royal Apartments which reflect the changing tastes of monarchs over the years.
Museum of Scotland
Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
At the Museum of Scotland you can discover some of the nation's most precious possessions alongside the everyday objects that throw light on Scotland through the ages.
Scottish Parliament Building, Edinburgh
The Scottish Parliament building opened in 2004 and is an absorbing building with some unusual architecture and offers a fascinating tour.
Holyrood Park, Edinburgh
Holyrood Park is a Royal Park in Edinburgh open to the public. It contains parkland, lochs, hills and crags, and yet in the centre of the city. You can take a walking tour of the park, visiting Salisbury Craigs, St. Anthony's Chapel, and also take the steep climb up to Arthur's Seat (251m) where you can be rewarded with fabulous views of the city.
The Royal Yacht Britannia
The Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh
The Royal Yacht Britannia is only 15 minutes walk from the city centre. The elegant state rooms and the absorbing engine room are just some of the highlights.
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest festival of performing arts anywhere in the world. (August). The Military Tattoo is a spectacular display of military marching bands, music, dance, daredevil motorcycle display teams and more... (Early Aug)
Edinburgh Sightseeing Bus
The best way to see Edinburgh is via the sightseeing bus which will drop you off at all of Edinburgh's top sightseeing locations.
Royal Edinburgh Ticket
Royal Edinburgh Ticket
The Royal Edinburgh Ticket is a favourite with our customers. It gains passengers 2 days of sightseeing bus travel on all 4 of Edinburgh's tour bus companies as well as entry into Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyrood House and the Royal Yacht Britannia.
Scotland play their home games at the famous Murrayfield Stadium.
Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Tours of Murrayfield are available as well as match day tickets for International games.
The city has two teams in the top league of Scottish Football. Hearts and Hibernian (Aug – May)
Hearts or Hibs Stadium Tour, Edinburgh
. Stadium tours are available as well as match day tickets.
The city's Ice Hockey club the Edinburgh Capitals play in Britain’s Premier Ice Hockey league from Sep-Mar.
Ice Hockey, Edinburgh
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
Historic Scotland Pass
Historic Scotland Pass
Edinburgh Pass, Edinburgh
This is a great base for exploring: Day tours from Edinburgh will take you to most popular Scottish mainland destinations.
Transport options in this area: Sightseeing bus is the best way to get around the city though central areas are pedestrianised.
Did you know:
One of the most popular cures for baldness in the 17th century Edinburgh was the application of the burnt ashes of dove’s dung.
"Probably the most beautiful city we have ever seen"
The Black Eyed Peas