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Best things to do in Edinburgh

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Gift Shop
“A spectacular historic fortress dominating the skyline of Edinburgh from its position on the Castle Rock. Great for walking up the esplanade to get amazing views of the city and if you enjoy military history it's worth doing a tour. Open from 9:30am daily, currently closing at 6pm (last entry 5pm). £17.50 for online tickets or £19.50 at the gate. ”
718 locals recommend
Museum
“There is something for everyone here. You could easily spend the whole day walking through all the different exhibits. My favorite from a young age has always been the wildlife and natural history section. Added bonus, its free entry. ”
639 locals recommend
Mountain
“Located next to the Scottish Parliament building and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Arthur's Seat is Edinburgh's best hike. A great way to get some exercise and enjoying the amazing views of Edinburgh and the sea from different perspectives. ”
941 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“These gardens are free to walk around. The only paid part are the glass houses. Lovely to wander especially on a sunny day. ”
602 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Ten minutes walk from our AirBnB - Home to Scotland’s outstanding collection of modern and contemporary art.”
387 locals recommend
Park
“One of Edinburgh's most popular parks, and often a hub of activity! On a sunny day, you'll bump into a plethora of locals out enjoying the weather. Come down with a picnic and savour the atmosphere (you'll also get lovely views of Arthur's Seat!) ”
346 locals recommend
Park
“Lots of high street shops including M&S, Zara, Frasers, Boots, Superdrug. Also good place to pick up souvenirs at tourist”
239 locals recommend
Park
“Calton Hill is one of Edinburgh's main hills, set right in the city centre. It is unmistakable with its Athenian acropolis poking above the skyline.”
288 locals recommend
Park
“Princes Street gardens runs along Edinburgh's main shopping street. If the weather is nice, its a great place to sit and watch the world go by. ”
172 locals recommend
Palace
“The Queen's official residence in Edinburgh and the home of Scottish royal history. Open throughout the year, the Palace of Holyroodhouse stands at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile, with beautiful views of Arthur's Seat. ”
217 locals recommend
Science Museum
“If you love to explore different views of camera and mirrors you must visit to Obscura. Its a part of castle been converted into camera obscura for travellers attraction. ”
165 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is a beautiful red sandstone building on Queen Street housing regular exhibitions and events.”
237 locals recommend
Garden
“A walk along the promenade, perhaps a quick dip, a shot on the arcades, and coffee and cake at Miro’s cafe! ”
209 locals recommend
Theatre
“Edinburgh Playhouse is a former cinema in Edinburgh, Scotland which now hosts touring musicals and music concerts. Its capacity is 3,059, making it the UK's largest working non-sporting theatre in terms of audience capacity. The theatre opened in 1929 as a super-cinema, and was modelled on the Roxy Cinema in New York. It is used as a venue for both the Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe each August”
128 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Not the greatest for shopping - but Vue Cinema here is amazing and good value for money. ”
173 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Tom Kitchin’s superb gourmet pub. Excellent food, wine and service. A real favourite”
253 locals recommend