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Things to do in Edinburgh

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
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““At the center of Scottish life for more than nine hundred years,Edinburgh Castle was one of the strongest fortresses in the kingdom.It has served as a royal palace arsenal ,gun foundry,state prison,a place of safe-keeping ”
  • 676 locals recommend
Museum
“Fantastic free day out, you can spend hours here. Also have a restaurant on top floor”
  • 571 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh is one of the world’s leading Botanic Gardens .Visitor can discover the Garden’s fascinating history dating back 350 years,learn about its planting and walk around 70 acres of beautiful landscape .”
  • 566 locals recommend
Park
“A beautiful stop to run, walk, cycle, play football/rugby/cricket, or just sit and watch the world do all of these.”
  • 329 locals recommend
Park
“Lots of high street shops including M&S, Zara, Frasers, Boots, Superdrug. Also good place to pick up souvenirs at tourist”
  • 210 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“The nearest gallery to the flat. Packed with interest in terms of biography in art. Aside from that the building itself is an absolute star. Short walk then across St Andrews Square to the Scottish National Gallery. 10/15 minute bus ride depending on traffic or 25/30 minute walk but uphill. ”
  • 216 locals recommend
Park
“This is a fantastic space right down the road from our flat. (take a left out of the door and walk down the hill past the small roundabout, then up the hill slightly, keep an eye out for a small gate on the left, that will take you down into the gardens) It is a beautiful park in its own right, and also a great shortcut to Princes Street and beyond. It used to be my walk to work in the morning!”
  • 163 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“A modern gastropub opened by Michelin star restaurant The Kitchin offering menus showcasing Scottish Food. We personally have not been there but have heard amazing things about it!”
  • 196 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Enjoy a visit filled with surprises as you explore over 100 interactive, hands-on illusions. Head up to the rooftop terrace for the best views in Edinburgh over the city, and discover the Victorian Camera Obscura. ”
  • 160 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“Travel under Edinburgh’s skin into a maze of subterranean streets and closes from the 16th through 19th centuries.”
  • 168 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Sunday food market featuring artisanal goods from local producers & stalls for global street fare”
  • 177 locals recommend
Speakeasy
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“Not a bar which is frequented by tourists so if you want to avoid the crowds, this has you covered. Thats if you can find it! Inspired by a the prohibition in America it disguises itself as a barbers, before pulling back a book case to reveal a thriving bar.”
  • 145 locals recommend
Bar
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“Swanky George Street bar, restaurant and tea room. Famous for its opulent interior and full-throttle approach to Christmas decor. ”
  • 144 locals recommend
Cinema
“Screen 1 is wonderful. Loads of leg room and comfortable. Other screens much less comfortable. It's the local "independent" cinema.”
  • 181 locals recommend
Adult Boutique
“Good range of the usual upmarket retail stores such as Hobbs, Jo Malone, LK Bennet”
  • 120 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“Tasty thai food at good prices. Usually have to queue to get a table but never a long wait. ”
  • 143 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Gastropub
“A modern gastropub opened by Michelin star restaurant The Kitchin offering menus showcasing Scottish Food. We personally have not been there but have heard amazing things about it!”
  • 196 locals recommend
Bar
“Swanky George Street bar, restaurant and tea room. Famous for its opulent interior and full-throttle approach to Christmas decor. ”
  • 144 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Tasty thai food at good prices. Usually have to queue to get a table but never a long wait. ”
  • 143 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“Good cocktails & music. A happening place tucked out of the way of most tourists.... ”
  • 129 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“A hidden gem in the historic old town. Located down a lane from the royal mile it exudes history and atmosphere. A great place to stop off for a quick drink if you have been visiting all the historic attractions.”
  • 101 locals recommend
English Restaurant
“Highly recommended for foodies! You will have to book in advance. It's expensive but a real treat and a great dining experience. ”
  • 97 locals recommend
Café
“Great restaurant for breakfast and lunch! Located nearby the flat (and another cafe near Waverly). ”
  • 76 locals recommend
Brewery
“Local bar that brews its own beer, always plenty of variety on tap. They also have an amazing selection of gins. Good for a few snacks and light bites as well.”
  • 84 locals recommend

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