City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Visitor attractions


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Photo Edinburgh Venue Venue Description Venue type
Edinburgh Castle in June
Edinburgh Castle Edinburgh Castle is the top paid tourist attraction in Scotland, with over 1.4 million visitors in 2013. Situated at the heart of the Scottish capital, the castle is perched on top of the craggy... Visitor Attractions
Calton Hill Sun Rise
Calton Hill 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. Visitor Attractions
West Princes Street Gardens in Summer
West Princes Street Gardens West Princes Street Gardens is the larger of the two tracts of green space (the other being East Princes Street Gardens) that run parallel to Princes Street in the heart of the city. The gardens were... Visitor Attractions
E Princes St Garden Wide
East Princes Street Gardens Although fenced off with Edinburgh's characteristic black, wrought iron railings, The Gardens are open to the public and easily accessed at various gates along Princes Street and other points. Visitor Attractions
Botanic Garden, Edinburgh
The Royal Botanic Garden The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), located in Edinburgh's Inverleith area, is often dubbed Scotland's answer to Kew gardens. It is not only a place to learn about trees, ferns, plants, and... Visitor Attractions
Castle Garden view North
Edinburgh Castle Gardens The Castle Gardens is on a steep hill directly under Edinburgh Castle to the South of the West Princes Street Garden. It is bounded by the railway line in the North and The Mound to the East. Visitor Attractions
Abbey Front
Inchcolm Island Inchcolm Island is a tiny island in the Firth of Forth, between Edinburgh and Fife to the North. It is best known for its ancient and well preserved Augustinian Abbey. The Abbey is currently looked... Visitor Attractions
Union Canal - view from above
Union Canal - Edinburgh Quay
Union Canal The 19th century Union Canal is not a park in the typical sense, but like the Water of Leith it provides a strip of blue and green through Edinburgh from Lochrin Basin in Fountainbridge (just off... Visitor Attractions
Craigmillar Castle Edinburgh's historic Craigmillar Castle, famous as the location of plot and intrigue. The well-preserved ruin includes a tower house, courtyard and gardens. Visitor Attractions
Greyfriars Kirk
Greyfriars Kirk Greyfriars Kirk, also known as Greyfriars Tolbooth and Highland Kirk, was the first church built in Edinburgh after the Reformation and opened in 1620. Visitor Attractions
NMS Opening: Crowds in the Grand Gallery
National Museum of Scotland The National Museum of Scotland re-opened on 29th July 2011, following a £47.4 million refurbishment of the Victorian building. Visitor Attractions
Old College quad lawn
Old College Quad The Quad is encircled by the historic buildings of Old College and provides a large playing area surrounded by a raised balcony offering excellent sight lines for large scale outdoor performan Visitor Attractions
National Galleries of Scotland Reno
Scottish National Gallery The Scottish National Gallery (aka National Gallery of Scotland, National Gallery Complex) incorporates three buildings in the centre of Edinburgh: the National Gallery of Scotland (home to Scotland'... Visitor Attractions
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Scottish National Portrait Gallery The Scottish National Portrait Gallery provides a unique visual history of Scotland, told through the portraits of those who shaped it. Admission to the gallery is free, although an entrance charge... Visitor Attractions
Mansfield Traquair Centre front
Mansfield Traquair Centre Fringe-goers may remember the former catholic Mansfield church building at the foot of Broughton Street when as Cafe Grafitti it buzzed with live music acts from around the world. Or maybe you were... Visitor Attractions
Hopetoun Southside
Hopetoun House Palatial stately home near South Queensferry overlooking the Firth of Forth (just West of the Forth Bridges), with large rambling grounds. Hopetoun is held under private charitable trust, but remains... Visitor Attractions
The Fringe Office
Edinburgh Fringe Shop and Box Office The Fringe Shop is located on the Royal Mile (aka the High Street), just down from St. Visitor Attractions
Royal Yacht Britannia sun lounge
Royal Yacht Britannia The Queen was seen to publicly shed a tear, not a common event, when the Royal Yacht was put to pasture at the docks in Leith in 1998. Visitor Attractions
Scotch Whisky Experience Whisky themed visitor centre, with a five-star rating from the Scottish Tourist Board, that offers a tour through 300 years of whisky history. Visitor Attractions
Fine figures
Edinburgh Zoo In the 1990s, Edinburgh Zoo seemed a run-down and depressing place. Visitor Attractions