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Must-see Sights in Edinburgh, Scotland

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Edinburgh is brimming with sights to explore, many of them free, and all quite walkable, but remember to bring your raincoat, as the weather can change from bright and sunny to rainy at the blink of an eye! Day 3 has several options, but not necessarily amenable to seeing all in one day.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Thrifty Traveller

36 Places

3 City Tips

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36 Places

Day 1

Edinburgh VisitScotland iCentre

Visitor Centres

Arthur's Seat

Geologic Formations

Holyrood Park

Parks

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites, Castles

Holyrood Abbey

Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites

Royal Mile

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Clarinda's Tea Room

Restaurants

The Museum of Edinburgh

Speciality Museums

People's Story

History Museums, Speciality Museums

Museum of Childhood

Speciality Museums

The Real Mary King's Close

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites

John Knox House Museum

Historic Sites, History Museums

Gladstone's Land

Historic Sites

Lady Stairs House

Speciality Museums, Historic Sites

Writers' Museum

Speciality Museums

Edinburgh Old Town

Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods

Greyfriars Bobby

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues

National Museum of Scotland

Speciality Museums, Natural History Museums

The Outsider Restaurant

Restaurants

Day 2

Edinburgh Castle

Castles

St. Margaret's Chapel

Sacred & Religious Sites

The Scotch Whisky Experience

Distilleries

Scottish National Gallery

Art Museums

St Cuthbert's Parish Church

Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals

Princes Street Gardens

Gardens, Parks

Princes Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Calton Hill

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Geologic Formations, Lookouts

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Art Museums

St. Mary's Cathedral

Churches & Cathedrals

Palm Court at The Balmoral

Restaurants

Day 3

New Town

Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas

Georgian House

Historic Sites

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Gardens, Art Galleries, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Royal Yacht Britannia

Speciality Museums, Ships

Edinburgh Zoo

Zoos

Craigmillar Castle

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Castles, Architectural Buildings

geismom's City Tips

  • Be aware that the month of August features The Fringe, and it can be very difficult to find lodgings at this time of year near the city.
  • Always be careful with your personal items, as the city can be brimming with many tourists trudging along the sidewalk en masse.
  • Pick up a map in the visitor center, located near the train station in New Town, as the streets can be a bit confusing!
    Day 1
  • Edinburgh VisitScotland iCentre
    Visitor Centres
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    geismom Says:

    The Visitor Center is adjacent to the Train Station. Pop in to pick up a street map of Edinburgh.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There are bathrooms that can be used for a small fee.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #88 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Helpful and pleasant staff at high Street Edinburgh 23/10/2019
    • Does what it says on the tin 05/10/2019
    • Edinburgh VisitScotland iCentre
    Address:
    City Chambers 249 High Street
    Edinburgh EH1 1YJ
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 473 3820
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Arthur's Seat
    Geologic Formations
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    geismom Says:

    If the day is beautiful, without any signs of rain, consider hiking to the top to Arthur's seat, where you can view stunning panorama views. The walk is steep and requires some stamina, but you travel at your own pace. Wear sturdy shoes as there are many rocky paths along the way.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to wear appropriate shoes for hiking, and be careful if it begins to rain. The ground can become very slippery.
    • Best attempted on a bright sunny day as drizzle will make the ground slippery and the view will be hazy.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not that easy, but worth it 23/10/2019
    • Arthur’s sea 23/10/2019
    • Arthur's Seat
    Address:
    Queen's Drive
    Holyrood Park
    Edinburgh EH8 8HG
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 510 7555
    Other:
  • Holyrood Park
    Parks
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    geismom Says:

    Holyrood park also offers a very beautiful walk up to the top of Salisbury crag, with outstanding views as well. This is not quite as strenuous as the Arthur's Seat Walk, but you will find yourself strolling along the edge of the crag. There is a lovely view of Holyrioodhouse Palace from the trail.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Only worth the walk if it is a clear day.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • See it or hike 20/10/2019
    • Nature outside the city 17/10/2019
    • Holyrood Park
    Address:
    Holyrood Park Education Centre 1 Queen's Drive
    Edinburgh EH8 8HG
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 510 7555
    Other:
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites, Castles
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    geismom Says:

    Beautiful history. There is a fee to enter the Palace, but it includes an audio tour in the language of your choice. We were not rushed through the rooms, but permitted to take our time touring the Palace. The gardens, in August, were spectacular.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There is a cafe use outside the entrance.
    • Public restrooms are just outside the entrance to the Palace.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth your time 22/10/2019
    • Worth a detour 22/10/2019
    • Palace of Holyroodhouse
    Address:
    Canongate
    Edinburgh EH8 8DX
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 303 123 7324
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Holyrood Abbey
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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    geismom Says:

    Holyrood Abbey can be seen from the park, but close access is only available with paid admission to Holyrioodhouse Palace.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Absolutely beautiful 21/10/2019
    • The old royal residence... 15/10/2019
    • Holyrood Abbey
    Address:
    Canongate, Royal Mile
    Edinburgh EH8 8DX
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 556 5100
    Other:
  • Royal Mile
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    geismom Says:

    After leaving Holyroodhouse, walk along the Royal Mile, where you will find many of the free museums to stroll through along the way. Edinburgh Castle is at the other end.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Clarinda's tea room is near Holyroodhouse Palace as you walk the Royal Mile towards the castle. Delightful interior, delicious food, cash only.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Royal mile 23/10/2019
    • A mile of slope and shops 23/10/2019
    • Royal Mile
    Address:
    Royal Mile
    Edinburgh EH1 2PB
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 510 7555
    Price range:
    US$17 - US$17
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Clarinda's Tea Room
    Restaurants (Cafe, British, Scottish)
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    geismom Says:

    Quaint tea room on the Royal Mile near Holyroodhouse Palace. Prices are very reasonable. Cream tea is available. Soups and sandwiches are excellent. There is a table of fresh baked goods on display if you just want to buy a home made pastry to take with you. The place is small, but one is never rushed once seated. Cash only.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #235 of 2,144 restaurants in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great cakes. Generous portions! 16/10/2019
    • Charming tea room with fine china & silverware. 16/10/2019
    • Clarinda's Tea Room
    Address:
    69 Canongate
    Edinburgh EH8 8BS
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 557 1888
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 16:30
    Other:
  • The Museum of Edinburgh
    Speciality Museums
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    geismom Says:

    This is a very small museum, with free admittance. It has a lovely display of Silver, which was a big industry in Edinburgh at one time. The most endearing part of this museum involves the legend of Greyfriar's Bobby. The museum has a replica of the statue that stands near Greyfriar's church, as well as his original collar and bowl which he ate from. Well worth stopping in to see!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #64 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Well worth a visit 16/10/2019
    • Interesting insight into life in Edinburgh over the centuries 14/10/2019
    • The Museum of Edinburgh
    Address:
    142 Canongate
    Royal Mile
    Edinburgh EH8 8DD
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 529 4143
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • People's Story
    History Museums, Speciality Museums
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    geismom Says:

    Located across the street from the Museum of Edinburgh, on the Royal Mile. The museum presents information on the everyday lives of ordinary people in Edinburgh from the 18th century through present day. The museum immerses one into the lives of the people who worked in the town. Admittance is free.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Restrooms are available for patrons of the museum.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth visiting! 22/10/2019
    • Very interesting and worth a visit 09/10/2019
    • People's Story
    Address:
    Canongate Tolbooth
    Royal Mile
    Edinburgh EH8 8BN
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 529 4057
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Museum of Childhood
    Speciality Museums
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    geismom Says:

    This museum brings back memories of childhood. It holds a large collection of toys and memorabilia which are displayed through several floors. Lots of fun as you stroll through the many rooms loaded with unusual and unique items of childhood. You'll wish you were a kid again. Free admission.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #78 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Don’t miss the scary dolls 18/10/2019
    • Deja vu and thoughts from a time gone by... 18/10/2019
    • Museum of Childhood
    Address:
    42 High Street
    Royal Mille
    Edinburgh EH1 1TB
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 529 4142
    Other:
  • The Real Mary King's Close
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites
    See more photos
    geismom Says:

    The tour shows the history "below ground" in the 16th and 17th century. People with money moved "up". Those without found themselves "underground". The tour was quite enlightening, and entertaining. However, expect to take the tour in a large group, and there isn't anytime to linger. There is a fee to take the tour.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • You may have to wait to take the tour.
    • Tours consist of large groups of people.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Late night tours 23/10/2019
    • Ignore the bad reviews 23/10/2019
    • The Real Mary King's Close
    Address:
    High Street
    2 Warriston's Close
    Edinburgh EH1 1PG
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 225 0672
    Price range:
    US$27 - US$27
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 21:45
    Other:
  • John Knox House Museum
    Historic Sites, History Museums
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    geismom Says:

    The house gives a history of John Knox and his relationship with Mary, Queen of Scots. It is the original house and has a preserved painted ceiling in addition to beautiful fireplace frontals. There is a fee for admittance.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Check opening hours for admittance.
    • There is a lovely bookstore near the entrance.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #81 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • John Knox- Edinburgh pass... 18/10/2019
    • Lovely 23/09/2019
    • John Knox House Museum
    Address:
    43-45 High Street
    Edinburgh EH1 1SR
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 556 9579
    Price range:
    US$6 - US$6
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Gladstone's Land
    Historic Sites
    See more photos
    geismom Says:

    Located along the Royal Mile, this house is filled with items from the 17th century. It gives a brief history of the Darien scheme. The tour guides were quite informative. There was an information sheet in every room. There is an admission fee.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The cost of admission was included in the Scottish Heritage Pass.
    • Be sure to check opening hours.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent display 17/10/2019
    • Amazing history 16/10/2019
    • Gladstone's Land
    Address:
    477B Lawnmarket
    Royal Mile
    Edinburgh EH1 2NT
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 226 5856
    Price range:
    US$23 - US$23
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Lady Stairs House
    Speciality Museums, Historic Sites
    geismom Says:

    Lady Stairs House was built in 1622. It is located through a Close off the Royal Mile. The building is home to the Writer's Museum.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #168 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    • Hidden gem on the Mile 01/08/2019
    • My favorite building on the Royal Mile 07/07/2019
    • Lady Stairs House
    Address:
    Lady Stairs House Lady Stair's Close Lawnmarket
    Lawnmarket
    Edinburgh EH1 2PA
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 529 4901
  • Writers' Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    geismom Says:

    The museum is set up in Lady Stair house and contains items from famous Scottish Writers including Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. The interior is fascinating with many personal items to view. Very informative. Free admittance.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Building review only. 14/10/2019
    • A Writer’s Treasure 13/10/2019
    • Writers' Museum
    Address:
    Lady Stairs House Lady Stair's Close Lawnmarket
    Royal Mile
    Edinburgh EH1 2PA
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 529 4901
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Edinburgh Old Town
    Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
    See more photos
    geismom Says:

    There are many interesting sights to see while walking along the streets of Old Town. You can explore the many "closes" that are along the Royal Mile, as well as enjoy the architecture of the various buildings.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Be sure to have that map handy!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Simply divine!! 23/10/2019
    • Gorgeous city 22/10/2019
    • Edinburgh Old Town
    Phone:
    +44 7112 018604
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
  • Greyfriars Bobby
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues
    See more photos
    geismom Says:

    A statue that stands near Greyfriars Pub which is located near the Greyfriar's Abbey where Bobby is buried. Stop and get your photo next to Bobby!

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Located near the National Museum of Scotland.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #62 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Historical visit 14/10/2019
    • Rude server at Greyfriars Bobby 09/10/2019
    • Greyfriars Bobby
    Address:
    Candlemaker Row
    Edinburgh EH1 2QE
    Scotland
    Phone:
    + 44 (0) 131 529 3993
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
  • National Museum of Scotland
    Speciality Museums, Natural History Museums
    See more photos
    geismom Says:

    This museum takes up an entire block! There are several floors devoted to Scottish History including items from Mary, Queen of Scots as well as an old telephone booth, lighthouse lens, and even a sportscar. Free admission. Great place to be on a rainy day!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There are many benches throughout the museum should your feet get tired.
    • There is a restaurant on the top floor, but it is very expensive.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Engaging museum for all ages 23/10/2019
    • Love this place 23/10/2019
    • National Museum of Scotland
    Address:
    Chambers Street
    Edinburgh EH1 1JF
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 300 123 6789
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • The Outsider Restaurant
    Restaurants (European, British, Scottish)
    See more photos
    geismom Says:

    Finish your day with dinner at the Outsider Restaurant. It offers an amazing view of Edinburgh Castle from the Dining room. There are lots of cozy nitches for a romantic evening.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be sure to make reservations and ask for a Castle View!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #484 of 2,144 restaurants in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Don’t go if you have food intolerances or any dietary preferences 19/10/2019
    • Delicious, creative cuisine! 15/10/2019
    • The Outsider Restaurant
    Address:
    15-16 George IV Bridge
    Edinburgh EH1 1EE
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 226 3131
    Price range:
    US$9 - US$26
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Edinburgh Castle
    Castles
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    geismom Says:

    The castle stands on the top of a crag and offers amazing views of the area. There are many museums within the walls of the castle.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Admittance is included in the Scottish Heritage Pass
    • If you buy your ticket ahead of time, or use the Scottish Heritage pass, you can bypass the lines to get in.
    • Go when the castle opens as the crowds get larger as the day goes on.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    • Our second visit 23/10/2019
    • Great castle with beautiful views 23/10/2019
    • Edinburgh Castle
    Address:
    Castlehill
    Edinburgh EH1 2NG
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 668 8956
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$30
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 17:00
    Other:
  • St. Margaret's Chapel
    Sacred & Religious Sites
    See more photos
    geismom Says:

    This chapel is located within the walls of the castle, so you cannot view it without being admitted to the castle.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #87 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    • Small and significant, present past 20/10/2019
    • Small but significant 26/09/2019
    • St. Margaret's Chapel
    Other:
  • The Scotch Whisky Experience
    Distilleries
    See more photos
    geismom Says:

    This venue is located in the old Castle School Building. One takes a ride in an Oak Barrel, similar to an amusement park ride, which takes you through the many facets of making whiskey. After the tour, one is taken to a tasting room, where the different types of whiskey are explained, and you can pick which type you would like to taste. At the end of the tour, one is escorted to a very large room, filled with more whiskey bottles on display than you can ever imagine. The tasting room has comfortable seating and a lovely view.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • The tour is definitely set up to be a comical experience. A bit pricey, but one leaves with a whiskey glass in a box as a souvenir.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An Absolute Must!!! 23/10/2019
    • Fab u lous 20/10/2019
    • The Scotch Whisky Experience
    Address:
    354 Castlehill
    Edinburgh EH1 2NE
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 220 0441
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Scottish National Gallery
    Art Museums
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    geismom Says:

    Down the hill from Edinburgh Castle is the Scottish National Gallery, another free museum which houses a large number of Scottish paintings. A great place to stop into on a rainy day.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Save for the end of the day if it is beautiful outside. Sunshine in Edinburgh should be enjoyed outside!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A distinguished collection 22/10/2019
    • Fantastic experience 22/10/2019
    • Scottish National Gallery
    Address:
    The Mound
    Edinburgh EH2 2EL
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 624 6200
    Hours:
    Thu
    10:00 - 19:00
    Fri - Wed
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • St Cuthbert's Parish Church
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
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    geismom Says:

    The grounds of St. Cuthbert's Church offer spectacular views of Edinburgh Castle looming above. This is the oldest church in all of Great Britain, and holds a memorial to John Neperi. Agatha Christie was married to her second husband in the chapel of the church. The chapel is a memorial to the parishioners who lost their lives in the Great War. A special place to stop in.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be sure to look for the copy of Agatha Christie's marriage certificate located inside.
    • Be sure to walk the grounds for the amazing view of Edinburgh Castle.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #82 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An oasis in the city centre 09/10/2019
    • Unexpected delight 03/10/2019
    • St Cuthbert's Parish Church
    Address:
    5 Lothian Road
    Edinburgh EH1 2EP
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 229 1142
    Other:
  • Princes Street Gardens
    Gardens, Parks
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    geismom Says:

    The Princes Street Gardens are located at the foot of Edinburgh Castle. Beautifully adorned with flowering plants most of the spring and summer. There are many beautiful statues on display through the gardens. Lovely area to walk through, near the train station.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Walk from St. Cuthbert's Church through the Gardens and exit onto Prince Street.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic view of the Castle! 22/10/2019
    • Beautiful park 22/10/2019
    • Princes Street Gardens
    Address:
    54 Princes Street
    Edinburgh EH2 4BA
    Scotland
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
  • Princes Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    geismom Says:

    One must walk along Princes Street to get from the train station to Calton Hill. It now has a transit system running from the airport to New Town.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #75 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    • Edinburgh hub hub 20/10/2019
    • Hustle and bustle in Edinburgh... 16/10/2019
    • Princes Street
    Address:
    53 Princes Street
    Edinburgh EH2 2DG
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 510 7575
    Other:
  • Calton Hill
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Geologic Formations, Lookouts
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    geismom Says:

    Located on the top of a hill, Calton offers beautiful views over the city of Edinburgh. There are several monuments on display on the grounds. Well worth the hike to the top.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Views are better on a sunny day.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great views 23/10/2019
    • Beautiful 23/10/2019
    • Calton Hill
    Address:
    St. Andrews House 2 Regent Road
    Edinburgh EH1 3DG
    Scotland
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery
    Art Museums
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    geismom Says:

    Walk through New Town to the Scottish National Portrait Museum. The museum is housed in a remarkably beautiful building and is adorned with much gold gilding inside. In addition to rooms filled with the standard historical portraits some dating as far back as 1537, there is a gallery devoted to famous Scottish scientists,, including Einstein, Alexander Grahan Bell, Sir William Ramsey, Baron Kelvin, and many more. Outstanding presentations! Free admittance.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Walk from here to St. Mary's Cathedral.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Famous and not-so-famous faces 22/10/2019
    • Breathtaking visit for all connoisseurs of art... 18/10/2019
    • Scottish National Portrait Gallery
    Address:
    1 Queen Street
    Edinburgh EH2 1JD
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 624 6200
    Hours:
    Thu
    10:00 - 19:00
    Fri - Wed
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • St. Mary's Cathedral
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    geismom Says:

    The cathedral holds the National Shrine to St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • a webcam gives you a glimpse to the inside: http://www.stmaryscathedral.co.uk/panorama/index.html
    • You will want to plan your visit around Mass times.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice Church. 3.5 really 29/09/2019
    • A beautiful Cathedral 09/09/2019
    • St. Mary's Cathedral
    Address:
    23 Palmerston Place
    Edinburgh EH12 5AW
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 225 6293
    Other:
  • Palm Court at The Balmoral
    Restaurants (British, Scottish)
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    geismom Says:

    Make reservations for High Tea at the Balmoral and you'll feel like royalty! It is pricey, but well worth it for the service that you receive and the scrumptious food. Dress up a bit and enjoy!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • This is an historic hotel complete with doormen, located on Princes Street. Very close to the Train Station.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #111 of 2,144 restaurants in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best afternoon tea by far! 22/10/2019
    • Excellent location for afternoon tea! 20/10/2019
    • Palm Court at The Balmoral
    Address:
    1 Princes Street
    The Balmoral Hotel
    Edinburgh EH2 2EQ
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 556 2414
    Price range:
    US$45 - US$55
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 19:00
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • New Town
    Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas
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    geismom Says:

    Alight from the train and head into New Town where you can see that the streets are laid out far different than Old Town Edinburgh. The streets are in grid style, and you can see the waters of Leith as you walk away from the train station.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Be sure to have your map of New Town with you.
    • New Town is filled with numerous High End stores if you like to shop.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Edinburgh is a place to visit more than once 20/10/2019
    • Good burgers 11/10/2019
    • New Town
    Other:
  • Georgian House
    Historic Sites
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    geismom Says:

    Located in New Town is this lovely, original Georgian House, open for touring. It is a three story townhouse built in 1796 and decorated with authentic items from that time period. There are information sheets in every room, and tour guides throughout to answer any questions that you may have. It is a National Trust Home.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Admission is included in the Scottish History Pass.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lots of stairs 12/10/2019
    • A lovely house 09/10/2019
    • Georgian House
    Address:
    7 Charlotte Square
    Edinburgh EH2 4DR
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 225 2160
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$8
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 16:15
    Other:
  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
    Gardens, Art Galleries, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    geismom Says:

    One can walk to the Royal Botanical Gardens, although it is a bit of a hike. The grounds are lovely, even in the winter. There is a lovely memorial to the Queen Mother and a stone pavilion that holds a plaque in her memory. Admission is free.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a gift shop , restrooms, and a cafe on the grounds.
    • Locals come out and enjoy the grounds when the weather is nice.
    • Consider walking rather than taking public transit and enjoy the beautiful architecture.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • What a great way to spend your free time! 23/10/2019
    • Beautiful gardens 22/10/2019
    • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
    Address:
    20 Inverleith Row
    Edinburgh EH3 5LR
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 552 7171
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Royal Yacht Britannia
    Speciality Museums, Ships
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    geismom Says:

    The Royal Yacht can be reached via foot from the train station, although it is quite a hike. The yacht is preserved with original rooms from the days that Queen Elizabeth would use it for recreation and travel. Her original bedroom is on display, as is the honeymoon suite that was used by Charles and Diana. The ship is vast, and even includes a limousine on board that would have been used at certain destinations. One goes through the yacht at one's own pace. There is an admittance fee for the yacht.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be certain to have a map for walking as the streets are not square in this area and it is easy to get lost.
    • The entrance to the Yacht is through a Mall. One must enter the mall and take the elevator to the top floor to purchase a ticket.
    • There is a lovely cafe on board with a view over the waters of Leith.
    • You cannot see the Yacht from the street. It is hidden behind the mall.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A really interesting view of royal history 23/10/2019
    • This is worth a visit 22/10/2019
    • Royal Yacht Britannia
    Address:
    Ocean Drive
    Ocean Terminal
    Edinburgh EH6 6JJ
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 555 5566
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$25
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 16:30
    Other:
  • Edinburgh Zoo
    Zoos
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    geismom Says:

    The Edinburgh Zoo entrance is located in a residential area of Edinburgh. One can take the Airport bus to access the zoo. One would normally have to schedule a time to view the Pandas, but the room was open for viewing when I was there. The zoo is large, but most of the animals are easily visible. There are placards with explanations near all of the animal displays. There is an admittance fee.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The penguins leave to go on holiday during the winter months.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #93 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    • A bit depressive 22/10/2019
    • Wonderful day out 22/10/2019
    • Edinburgh Zoo
    Address:
    134 Corstorphine Road
    Edinburgh EH12 6TS
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 334 9171
    Price range:
    US$28 - US$28
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Craigmillar Castle
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Castles, Architectural Buildings
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    geismom Says:

    This is a well preserved castle, located on the outskirts of Edinburgh which requires either a bus or a car to visit. Mary, Queen of Scots, visited here when she wanted peace and tranquility. Because it is off the beaten track, there are few visitors popping in.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 423 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cool to explore with incredible views 13/10/2019
    • One of my favorites 09/10/2019
    • Craigmillar Castle
    Address:
    Craigmillar Castle Road
    Edinburgh EH16 4SY
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 661 4445
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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