Things to do in Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scottland

Edinburgh Castle dominates the city of Edinburgh like no other castle in Scotland, and Edinburgh Castle is unequalled in the whole of the British Isles . Over one thousand years of history sit on top of the famous Edinburgh rock and it is easy to see why over a million visitors a year visit Edinburgh Castle.

Museum of Scotland – delineating the history and culture of Scotland from the Stone Age to the present.

Real Mary King’s Close – a guided tour through a warren of hidden streets beneath the Royal Mile dating back to the 16th century: dramatic episodes from the past are recreated, including life in plague-ridden Edinburgh during the 17th century.

Rosslyn Chapel – as of 2006, the Chapel brings in about 25,000 visitors per year, many of whom are curious about the building’s association with the 2003 bestselling novel, “The Da Vinci Code”.

National Gallery of Scotland – one of the finest galleries in Britain, not only for its architectural style; severely classical with the plainness of the Doric order, but also from its very fine collection of pictures, furniture and sculpture. Here you will find important works by Tintoretto, Titian, Poussin, Claude Lorraine, Rembrandt, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Chardin, Antonio Canova and Turner, as well as French Impressionists, and Scottish artists.

St. Giles Cathedral – the main church of The Church of Scotland.

Holyroodhouse Palace – an official residence of the Queen and the Royal Family.

Edinburgh Zoo – a popular zoo is 80 acres and houses more than 1,600 animals, many from threatened wildlife species.

Scott Monument – a 200-foot spire dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish poet.

Royal Yacht Britannia – one of the world’s most famous ships in British maritime history can now be boarded for tours.

Our Dynamic Earth – Scotland’s millennium dome and science museum, featuring several interactive exhibits for the whole family.

Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre – learn about the history of Scotland’s national drink on a tour of this museum.

Writers’ Museum is devoted to the memory of three famous Scottish writers: Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Royal Mile – Stretch of road connecting Edinburgh Castle with Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s residence in Scotland.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art – a small but impressive collection of art.

Arthur’s Seat – Located within the center of Edinburgh at Holyrood Park, the remains of this extinct volcano rise 823 feet making it a notable landmark of the city.

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