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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.

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“This is my number 1 tip when visiting Edinburgh! It has beautiful architecture, lovely food and a great atmosphere for a drink, lunch, dinner or afternoon tea.”
142 locals recommend
Park
“Holyrood Park is a royal park in central Edinburgh, Scotland about 1 mile to the east of Edinburgh Castle. It is open to the public. It has an array of hills, lochs, glens, ridges, basalt cliffs, and patches of gorse, providing a remarkably wild piece of highland landscape within its 650-acre area. The park is associated with the royal palace of Holyroodhouse and was formerly a 12th-century royal hunting estate. The park was created in 1541 when James V had the ground "circulit about Arthurs Sett, Salisborie and Duddingston craggis" enclosed by a stone wall.”
126 locals recommend
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. ”
213 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Just across the road there is a big shopping centre Ocean terminal which offers fantastic shopping opportunities, including retail shops such as Debenhams, H&M, Gap, Superdry, M&S food and many others. A good choice or restaurants, bars, cinema VUE and entrance to the famous 5* visitor attraction Royal Yacht Britannia.”
165 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
Boat or Ferry
“Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia, also known as the Royal Yacht Britannia, is the former royal yacht of the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, in service from 1954 until 1997.”
161 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
Restaurant
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“Incredible seasonal, regional eating experience involving tasting menus and communal dining. They do a pretty mean brunch too! Booking needed”
152 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Close to the centre, good for anyone with a natural sciences interest, also has a small soft play. Close to the parliament. ”
108 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Excellent bakery. People come from all over Edinburgh to visit this wee gem.”
159 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Every Sunday Stockbridge has a local market packed with local farmers, bakers, cheese makers to arts and crafts - always a winner are the great crepes! ”
174 locals recommend
Scottish Restaurant
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“Another foodies’ treat,by The Shore.There’s also a lovely bar,if you’d just like a drink.The cocktails are impressive!”
136 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Yacht was inaugurated by The Queen. Its open for public view. Very nice view of Edinburgh Ocean Terminal and shore. ”
96 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“Great Thai street food joint. It can get really busy, but it's totally worth the wait.”
142 locals recommend
Adult Boutique
“Good range of the usual upmarket retail stores such as Hobbs, Jo Malone, LK Bennet”
124 locals recommend
Plaza
“Pubs and bars are found along this vibrant street. Great views of the castle from below.”
122 locals recommend