Edinburgh's world-ranking museums, galleries and attractions tell the fascinating story of the past, present and future of the city and Scotland. Choose from national collections and international blockbusters to more intimate spaces and exhibits to venues that encourage exploration and adventure.
Situated on top of an extinct volcano, majestic Edinburgh Castle is steeped in history. Take a tour and discover its secrets, enjoying spectacular views across the city. Make sure you see Scotland’s Crown Jewels, Mons Meg (the giant cannon) and St Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest building in Edinburgh.
National Museum of Scotland
The National Museum of Scotland is a must visit attraction packed full of interesting collections that tell you the story of Scotland, its land, its people and culture. Some exhibits are millions of years old, others less than a decade. Full of fun for both kids and adults this should be part of every visitor’s trip to Edinburgh.
National Galleries of Scotland
Art lovers are in for a real treat in Edinburgh; these impressive galleries (National Gallery of Scotland, Royal Scottish Academy Building, Dean Gallery and the National Gallery of Modern Art) showcase some of the best Scottish and international art in the world. Free admission.
Royal Botanic Garden
See green and refresh your senses in one of the world’s finest Botanic Gardens located on the outskirts of town next to Inverleith Park. Stroll through over 70 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, where you are likely to meet a squirrel or two, and then enjoy wonderful food at the Terrace Café.
The Royal Yacht Britannia
The Royal Yacht Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, and has sailed over 1,000,000 miles around the world. Follow in the footsteps of royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.
The Scottish Whisky Experience
The perfect blend of Scottish history, sprits and education, situated just next door to the Castle. Discover the stories behind maturation and the vital ingredients that make Scottish Whisky so unique. Take a barrel ride, step back in time and become part of the whisky making process.
A short stroll from the Royal Mile, Dynamic Earth is a hugely popular attraction that tells the story of our planet’s past, present and future – children will love exploring exhibits like the Time Machine and Future Dome.
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
Five floors of interactive, hands-on fun. Swap noses and heads, walk through a tunnel of never-ending stars and capture your own shadow on camera. Free rooftop telescopes. Enter a world where seeing is definitely not believing!
Tour of Edinburgh
Jump aboard the open-topped bus, sit back, relax and see everything Edinburgh has to offer on this multi-language tour. The tickets last for 24 hours so you can hop on and off as often as you like.
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