Speciality Museums in Edinburgh

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Speciality Museums in Edinburgh

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  • Zoe
    Reading, UK14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I'd definitely recommend this for anyone interested in the British Royal Family, ships or just history in general.

    The ship is a beautiful sight to behold and you feel like you're stepping back in time walking on it. Queen Elizabeth II's fondness for the ship is well-known and it's rather emotional to set foot in areas where she and her family shared so many happy memories

    The level of detail on the tour is fantastic! There are so many historical items to look at and the audio guide has a lot of interesting information.

    I also had lunch in the tea room and would highly recommend it! The food portions are generous and very reasonably priced.
    Written 23 July 2024
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  • xclaire16x1
    Lochgelly, UK157 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic visit had today by our family of five. You need to visit more than once to get round and see all of it. The kids enjoyed it but 2hous was long enough for them.
    There is something here for everyone.
    Will defo be back with the hubby, when we have a full afternoon to spare

    The terrace needs cut back, as some of the view is obscured.
    Written 20 July 2024
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  • Patricia A
    Rockport, TX54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We thoroughly enjoyed the Truffle Making Experience. It was a very rainy day and we were all soaked so the starter of hot drinking chocolate was welcome and delicious. Jennifer taught us about how chocolate is made and where it comes from. The kitchen guide (French dude) was hilarious as well as informative. We really enjoyed our time here. The tasting afterward was delightful. We had a lot of fun.
    Written 6 June 2024
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  • Ang G
    Scottish Highlands, UK555 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Came as a group of 4 adults last week, what great fun!

    The whole experience from start to end is very well done, lots of interesting facts and special effects. The actors were fantastic too, really made the experience what it is.

    Had a good laugh and a few scares along the way, and the drop ride at the end was unexpected but great.

    Would come back.
    Written 2 July 2024
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  • Sarah
    Leeds, UK31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a great find.

    We stumbled across a leaflet advertising the museum and I’m so glad we did. Myself, with my daughter, friend and her daughter decided to have a day trip to Edinburgh while we were staying in Berwick. We booked onto the museum tour which was very interesting and we all enjoyed. The lady who lead tour was funny, very knowledgeable and approachable. I can imagine if you have mobility difficulties it might be best to call them to discuss the routes as you are going up and down the old town.

    The museum itself was fascinating. It’s spread over a few floors and if you book the tour, the ticket includes the museum itself.

    Warning, there’s no photography allowed inside due to there being real body parts on display.
    Written 22 July 2024
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  • Robert W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great place for kids to have a hands-on learning experience about the earth: play, tectonics, plant and animal diversity, biomes. It even had a miniature glacier. Highly recommended!
    Written 14 July 2024
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  • Downtrodden_dad
    Cumbria, UK68 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    In my opinion a very traditional type of museum in a fantastic old building.
    It is over several different levels with small rooms and staircases so not great for less mobile people. It’s free so nothing to lose by visiting.
    Written 19 July 2024
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  • Steve B
    Chesterfield, United Kingdom82 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice museum. Saw some toys and books that we had fun with when younger. Nice way to spend an hour or so. Understand why, but could do with better lighting as pretty dull in most halls
    Written 11 July 2024
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  • Albia-Newton
    Evanton, UK4,692 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    School visit for pre booked activities

    Fantastic museum with lots of interesting exhibits

    School activities engaging and well thought out

    Staff very welcoming and excellent with the pupils
    Written 17 May 2024
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  • SunriseSki
    Singapore1,035 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    ….don’t miss this little museum. It’s inside a house where some quite wealthy people lived and it’s interestingly built. Nice to see and imagine how life has been in the old town of Edinburgh back in the times. Also the exhibits are nicely presented and give a good impression. Lastly, it’s free.
    Written 19 July 2024
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  • FPWhitePlains
    White Plains, NY319 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Always interesting for me to view and compare the life of city dwellers with their more well known inhabitants. This Museum gave a view of a life that was not as dark as other Tenement muséums such as New York or Dublin. Both lower class and rising middle class lives are visible.
    Written 2 July 2024
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  • Linda L
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had hospitality in the Gorgie Suite. The food and drink were fantastic. Scot Wilson was a great host and Hearts won 3 nil over Dundee United.
    Written 12 May 2024
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  • Dana K
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dona is an amazing hostess and guide. She's friendly, knowledgeable, and talented. The instruments are interesting, but Dona made our visit unforgettable.
    Written 21 June 2024
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  • Local guide guy
    Edinburgh, UK26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    place to go, with lovely freemasons hall where during summer you can see many events, with wee small giftshop related to a freemasonry and outstanding museum
    Written 11 April 2024
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  • Malgorzata
    12,086 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    When you visit Edinburgh and the Royal Mile, your attention is drawn to narrow, perpendicular streets, called closes. Lady Stair's Close is a close in Edinburgh, just off the Royal Mile, close to the entrance to Gladstone's Land. Lady Stair's Close is the location of a 17th-century townhouse called Lady Stairs House built in 1622 for Sir William Gray of Pittendrum. Originally, it was originally called Lady Gray's House after the widow of the first proprietor. Later it was then bought by Elizabeth Dundas, Lady Stair, hence its present name.Today Lady Stair’s House is home to the Writers’ Museum. It is a picturesque piece of Old Edinburgh. The house is charming, has a romantic looking spire and a carved stone lintel with the date 1622 above the entrance. Wonderful.
    Written 14 September 2020
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