City Guide: Edinburgh

Places to Visit 

  • Edinburgh Zoo – Great for families looking for something to explore in Edinburgh. It opened in 1913 and is one of the world’s leading conservation zoos including Siberian tigers, pygmy hippos and red pandas.
  • Filmhouse – Home to the annual Edinburgh International Film Festival, a full program of art-house, classic, foreign and second-run films.
  • Caves – Venue set in the ancient stone vaults beneath the South Bridge. It is the venue to one-off club nights and live music concerts.
  • Cameo – Independently owned old fashioned cinema, which shows a mix of mainstream and art-house movies.
  • Victoria Street – A must see for any Harry Potter fan, as this street is the one that inspired Diagon Alley.
  • Portobello Beach – With all the history around, it’s easy to forget that Edinburgh isn’t far from the sea. Grab an ice cream and enjoy this Victorian seaside resort.


Museums and Galleries

  • Real Mary King’s Close – Lower levels of medieval Old Town alley have survived for 250 years, and they are open to the public! Costumed characters lead tours through town houses and a plague-stricken home of a 17th century gravedigger.
  • National Museum of Scotland – Filled with 5 floors of the history of Scotland from geological beginnings to the 1990s.
  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery – This is one of Scotland’s top attractions, it illustrates Scottish history through paintings, photographs and sculptures.
  • National War Museum of Scotland – This museum brings Scotland’s military history to life, with exhibits that have been personalised by the owners of the item telling the stories.

Historical Places

  • Edinburgh Castle – If you’re visiting Edinburgh this is a must see! This castle played an important role in Scottish history, both as a royal residence and as a military stronghold.
  • Royal Yacht Britannia – A monument to 1950’s décor, the Britanna was the Royal Family’s floating holiday home during their travelling. It was decommissioned in 1997 and now is permanently moored at the Ocean Terminal.
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse – This is the royal family’s official residence in Scotland, but it tends to be more famously recognised as the 16th century home of Mary, Queen of Scots.
  • Royal Botanic Garden – Is the second oldest institution of its kind in Britain, and considered one of the more respected in the world.
  • Arthur’s Seat – This distinctive feature of Edinburgh’s skyline is perfect for those who love the countryside. Carved from ice sheets from the deeply eroded stump of an extinct volcano.


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