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3 days in Edinburgh

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3 days in Edinburgh
As the home of the Scottish Enlightenment, Edinburgh is one of Europe's most beautiful cities with a striking landscape that nicely counterpoints a history rich in gore and treachery that inspired Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In three days you can explore Edinburgh's history, from spooky tales of royal and religious intrigue and strife to underground (literally) adventures, all spiced up by Scotland's water of life and an endlessly evocative skyline.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Day 1
Edinburgh Castle
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Edinburgh Castle

A mighty fortress, the defender of the nation, and a world-famous visitor attraction - Edinburgh Castle has dominated the skyline for centuries. And the high volcanic rock on which it stands has been occupied for thousands of years. Today it is home to Scotland's crown jewels, three military museums, the Scottish National War Memorial, the Prisons of War exhibition, and much more.The... More

A mighty fortress, the defender of the nation, and a world-famous visitor attraction - Edinburgh Castle has dominated the skyline for centuries. And the high volcanic rock on which it stands has been occupied for thousands of years. Today it is home to Scotland's crown jewels, three military museums, the Scottish National War Memorial, the Prisons of War exhibition, and much more.The castle offers a fabulous day out - an experience not to be missed. Book online with us for fast track tickets to beat the queues! Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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The Scotch Whisky Experience
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The Scotch Whisky Experience

Take a barrel ride as you actually become part of the whisky making process. Experience for yourself our regional whiskies and whether you like fruity, sweet or smoky flavours our experts will help you select your perfect dram.Enter the vault containing the world’s largest collection of Scotch Whiskies and enjoy a special tutored nosing and tasting. Explore Scotland’s whisky history... More

Take a barrel ride as you actually become part of the whisky making process. Experience for yourself our regional whiskies and whether you like fruity, sweet or smoky flavours our experts will help you select your perfect dram.Enter the vault containing the world’s largest collection of Scotch Whiskies and enjoy a special tutored nosing and tasting. Explore Scotland’s whisky history from the very beginnings through to the global success of today. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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St. Giles Cathedral
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St. Giles Cathedral

This is the main church of The Church of Scotland.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Cadies & Witchery Tours
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Cadies & Witchery Tours

The award-winning Cadies & Witchery Tours invite you to join our fearless phantoms for a suspenseful and mirth-filled tour of Edinburgh's Old Town. Step back a few hundred years as Adam Lyal (deceased) and his spooky chums bring the Capital's grisly past vividly to life. Established in 1984, the Cadies have been scaring people from all over the world almost every single night since, and... More

The award-winning Cadies & Witchery Tours invite you to join our fearless phantoms for a suspenseful and mirth-filled tour of Edinburgh's Old Town. Step back a few hundred years as Adam Lyal (deceased) and his spooky chums bring the Capital's grisly past vividly to life. Established in 1984, the Cadies have been scaring people from all over the world almost every single night since, and our walking tours have become one of Edinburgh's must-see attractions. Our tours cater to all ages, and are available at different times throughout the evening. If you have any special requirements, or are looking to arrange a personalised experience, just contact us and tell us about it. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Day 2
Palace of Holyroodhouse
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Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen. The palace stands at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur's Seat. This fine palace is closely associated with Scotland's rich history and is used by The Queen when carrying out official engagements in Scotland. The State Apartments reflect the changing... More

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen. The palace stands at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur's Seat. This fine palace is closely associated with Scotland's rich history and is used by The Queen when carrying out official engagements in Scotland. The State Apartments reflect the changing tastes of successive monarchs, and are renowned for their fine plasterwork ceilings and unrivalled collection of Brussels tapestries. They are furnished with numerous fine paintings and other works of art, many of which have long associations with Holyroodhouse. The visit to Holyroodhouse includes Mary, Queen of Scots' Chambers and the Darnley Rooms, the setting for many dramatic episodes in Mary's short and turbulent reign. In the Palace's west corner tower are Mary's Bedchamber, described as 'the most famous room in Scotland', and her Outer Chamber, the scene of the murder of her Italian secretary, David Rizzio'. During the summer months, you can join a guided tour of Holyrood Abbey, which lies adjacent to the Palace in the spectacular setting of Arthur's Seat. Escorted by Wardens dressed in their ancient hunting Stewart tartan, you will learn about the building's extraordinary history. For further information on the palace and how to buy tickets, please visit Royal Collection Trust's website. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Scottish Parliament
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The Scottish Parliament

In the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, the Scottish Parliament building opened in 2004 and has since welcomed over 3 million visitors. Usually open from Monday to Saturday, visitors can join a free guided tour or see parliament in action, depending on which day you visit (booking essential). Discover the parliament through our exhibition, and enjoy our cafe and shop. A free creche is... More

In the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, the Scottish Parliament building opened in 2004 and has since welcomed over 3 million visitors. Usually open from Monday to Saturday, visitors can join a free guided tour or see parliament in action, depending on which day you visit (booking essential). Discover the parliament through our exhibition, and enjoy our cafe and shop. A free creche is also available, Monday to Friday. We look forward to welcoming you to this 'landmark for 21st century democracy'. Less

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Real Mary King's Close
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Real Mary King's Close

  To experience Mary King's Close is to step back in time.  A Close means Alley way. The homes and apartments dating back to the plague, were used to... more »

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Scottish National Gallery
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Scottish National Gallery

Located in the heart of the city at the intersection of Princes Street and The Mound housing the national collection of fine art.  Entry is free... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Day 3
National Museum of Scotland
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National Museum of Scotland

Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, science and technology, art and design and Scottish history, all under one roof.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Old Town
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Old Town

Edinburgh's oldest neighborhood, dating back to medieval times: these small streets are lined with wool shops, pubs and historical monuments.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
Royal Yacht Britannia
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Royal Yacht Britannia

The UK's No. 1 Attraction (TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2014). Experience what life was like on board The Royal Yacht Britannia with a fascinating audio tour of five decks. Discover this floating palace that served the British Royal Family for over forty years. Highlights include the elegant Royal Apartments, Crew's Quarters, Engine Room and stunning Royal Deck Tea Room... More

The UK's No. 1 Attraction (TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2014). Experience what life was like on board The Royal Yacht Britannia with a fascinating audio tour of five decks. Discover this floating palace that served the British Royal Family for over forty years. Highlights include the elegant Royal Apartments, Crew's Quarters, Engine Room and stunning Royal Deck Tea Room. Complimentary audio guide in 27 languages. Open year round with free parking at Ocean Terminal. Only 15 minutes from Edinburgh city centre (local bus numbers 11, 22 and 35 all run to Ocean Terminal). Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Princes Street Gardens
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Princes Street Gardens

Impeccably landscaped park and woodland surrounding Edinburgh Castle.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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