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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
“It is worth to visit as it has many things to see. The entrance costs £17.5. It is pricy indeed but it is worth a try once!. Avoid queueing by booking online.”
699local recommendations
Museum
“This museum has an amazingly diverse collection of exhibits housed in a superb building of great architectural merit - and there's a nice cafe too. A super morning out for all the family.”
625local recommendations
Mountain
“Great for a bit of fresh air and fantastic views over Edinburgh and beyond.”
915local recommendations
Botanical Garden
“The Botanical Gardens are about 15 minutes walk from our house, and on the direct route into town. ”
588local recommendations
Art Gallery
“Original Modern Art Gallery next to Dean Gallery (Modern One). Take a stroll through Stockbridge and then the Dean Village on your way to the Modern Art Galleries on Belford Road.”
374local recommendations
Park
“Just a lovely greenspace in the heart of the city, popular with families and students. Watch out for the cycle paths - bikes and skateboarders move pretty quick. There's a great kids play park down to the far left past the tennis courts. PLenty of space to walk the dogs - there's spare poop bags in the flat if you forget yours :-) ”
339local recommendations
Palace
“Great new (2019) audio guide around the Queen's official residence in Scotland. Highly recommend a visit while in Edinburgh. Nice Restaurant / Cafe too with lovely outside seating. Don't need to pay to visit Cafe / Shop!”
212local recommendations
Park
“Lots of high street shops including M&S, Zara, Frasers, Boots, Superdrug. Also good place to pick up souvenirs at tourist”
238local recommendations
Cemetery
“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. ”
225local recommendations
Science Museum
“A family favourite, especially getting lost in the mirror maze! Get in in good time as it gets busy especially in the summer!”
160local recommendations
Park
“The hill itself has amazing views over the city and is home to the Collective contemporary art gallery and the unfinished National Monument. A great short uphill walk to escape the busy city. ”
269local recommendations
Gastropub
$$$
“Traditional Scottish food (Michelin star) 2 minutes walk from the property. Booking recommended. ”
246local recommendations
Park
“Princes Street Gardens is a public park in the centre of Edinburgh, in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. The Gardens were created in two phases in the 1770s and 1820s following the long draining of the Nor Loch and building of the New Town, beginning in the 1760s ”
168local recommendations
Art Gallery
“All the National Galleries are excellent but this one is my favourite. Crammed full of the great and the good from Scotland’s past and present, it’s a great place to hang out in bad weather. Entry is free and the history lessons are thrown in. It also has a great café.”
231local recommendations
Bar
$$$
“If you're looking for something a bit more upmarket, this place won't disappoint! Great surroundings, great cocktails. ”
151local recommendations
Bakery
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“Artisan bakery with an on-site cafe, selling handmade breads, pastries and savoury bakes. ”
203local recommendations