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Sightseeing in Edinburgh

Park
“Great views, some interesting history, and even a fantastic restaurant, Calton Hill is well worth a visit. The access via Blenheim Place provides a slightly gentler climb to the top that the steps or the road.”
255 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. ”
188 locals recommend
Palace
“The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse 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. Explore the Palace's close associations with some of Scotland’s most well-known historic figures such as Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie, and learn how today it is used by The Queen when carrying out official engagements in Scotland. WHAT'S ON The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their wedding day 14 JUNE – 6 OCTOBER 2019 A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex The wedding outfits of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on display in a special exhibition at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Palace shop offers a wide range of exclusive gifts inspired by the royal palaces and the works of art in the Royal Collection. ”
99 locals recommend
Road
“Known as such as it is one mile long and connects two of Edinburgh's most iconic locations - Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle, this is one of the busiest streets in Old Town. The Royal Mile is an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, pubs and visitor attractions. During the August Edinburgh Festival, the High Street becomes crowded with tourists, entertainers and buskers. It has various souvenir shops along with vintage and quirky bohemian clothes shops, you will also find multiple traditional whiskey shops and drinks locally sourced from Edinburgh and wider Scotland for you to sample and buy. You can also browse through various shops selling Scottish tartan and tweeds. ”
86 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“The Scott Monument is a Victorian Gothic monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It is the second largest monument to a writer in the world after the José Martí monument in Havana. It stands in Princes Street Gardens, just opposite the Jenners department store and near to Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station, which is named after Scott's Waverley novels. The tower is 200 feet 6 inches (61.11 m) high, and has a series of viewing platforms reached by a series of narrow spiral staircases giving panoramic views of central Edinburgh and its surroundings. The highest platform is reached by a total of 288 steps.”
68 locals recommend
Church
“St Giles' Cathedral, also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh,is the principal place of worship of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. Its distinctive crown steeple is a prominent feature of the city skyline, at about a third of the way down the Royal Mile which runs from the Castle to Holyrood Palace. The church has been one of Edinburgh's religious focal points for approximately 900 years. The present church dates from the late 14th century, though it was extensively restored in the 19th century, and is protected as a category A listed building. Today it is sometimes regarded as the "Mother Church of Presbyterianism". The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Giles, who is the patron saint of Edinburgh, as well as of cripples and lepers, and was a very popular saint in the Middle Ages. It is the Church of Scotland parish church for part of Edinburgh's Old Town. ”
54 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“At the bottom of the street is Princes Street Gardens where on sunny days you'll see people picnicking and enjoying the views which include Edinburgh Castle and the Scott Monument. ”
60 locals recommend
Castle
“Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position on the Castle Rock. ”
20 locals recommend
Outdoor Sculpture
“Skye terrier dog statue known as Greyfriars Bobby. Bobby faithfully guarded over his owners grave in the nearby Greyfriars Kirkyard for fourteen years.”
19 locals recommend
Castle
“Craigmillar Castle Road, Edinburgh, EH16 4SY Summer: Open daily 9.30am - 5.30pm Winter: Open daily 10am - 4pm Adult £6, Concession £4.80, Child (aged 5-15) £3.60, Children under 5 Free”
25 locals recommend
Outdoor Sculpture
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“Greyfriars Bobby's Bar occupies the ground floor of a row of Georgian houses adjoining the historic Candlemakers' Hall, built in 1722. The name of the bar is inspired by an Edinburgh legend of a scruffy Skye terrier called Bobby. When his owner died in 1858, Bobby faithfully watched over his grave and was buried alongside his master in the Greyfriars Kirkyard in 1872”
18 locals recommend
Castle
“beautiful castle and wonderful Japanese gardens. 2a Cramond Road South, Davidson's Mains, Edinburgh EH4 5QD Grounds open 8am - 8pm (5pm in winter), admission free House access via guided tour only, no need to book. Tours run at 2pm Sat-Thurs (summer) and 2pm Sat and Sun (winter). Adult £5, Child (under 16) £3, Concession £3, Family £12.50 (up to 2 adults and 3 children)”
15 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Historic setting beside the castle and then walk down the royal Mile to Holyrood.”
9 locals recommend
History Museum
“A 17th century tenement house , one of the oldest buildings on the Royal Mile, can only be visited by guided tour and it's great if you want to find out more about how life was in the Old Town of Edinburgh in the 17th century. There is a shop on the ground floor where you can buy real Scottish souvenirs, tasteful and good quality stuff actually made in Scotland.”
13 locals recommend
Park
“A much shorter walk than Arthur seat but still very rewarding views of the city center. Recently the Lookout cafe has opened up at the top which I have heard to be great for a nice meal. ”
6 locals recommend
Lighthouse
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“Chef Stuart Thrumble has created dishes using fantastic local, seasonal produce, with superbly matched wines. Our aim is to show off Scottish produce at its very best. Our gorgeous lunch dishes and our delicious dinner menu change almost daily, depending on what the market has that morning. Sample menus are below. Currently, we are offering a 2 course lunch for £15.00 from 12 – 2pm, and a 2 course dinner for £25. You can also check out our special menus on our Events page. Children over 5 years old are welcome, we don’t have a kids menu but are happy to do smaller portions.”
7 locals recommend