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Edinburgh

4.4
Castles · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Athens of the North
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere. Watched over by its iconic symbol, the Edinburgh Castle, this city manages to seamlessly blend medieval relics, Georgian grandeur, and modern living. In this town, medieval palaces stand right next to modern buildings, and Gothic churches rub shoulders with awe-inspiring contemporary museums and galleries. Scotland’s pulsing nightlife center, the city is often called the Athens of the North. Edinburgh’s world-famous cultural festivals are just a small part of its extensive special-events program. Often cited as the UK’s most desirable city to live in, Edinburgh is not only a city of explosive energy and crowded pubs, but it is also a center of high culture, fine art, and cutting-edge science. Make Edinburgh central to your United Kingdom travel plans using our United Kingdom trip site.
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Popular things to do in Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Castle ©
Castle
Edinburgh Castle
4.4
Duration: 3 hours
The Royal Mile ©
Landmark
The Royal Mile
4.5
Duration: 3 hours
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Specialty Museum
Royal Yacht Britannia
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
National Museum of Scotland ©
Natural History Museum
National Museum of Scotland
4.7
Duration: 3 hours

Historic Sites in Edinburgh

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The Real Mary King's Close ©
Historic Site
The Real Mary King's Close
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
Palace of Holyroodhouse ©
Castle
Palace of Holyroodhouse
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
St Giles' Cathedral ©
Church
St Giles' Cathedral
4.5
Duration: 1 hour
Georgian House ©
Historic Site
Georgian House
4.5
Duration: 1 hour

Side trips from Edinburgh

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum ©
Art Museum
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Glasgow
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
Glasgow Tigers Speedway ©
Auto Race Track
Glasgow Tigers Speedway Glasgow
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel ©
Specialty Museum
The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel Glasgow
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Don Coyote Outdoor Centre ©
Fun & Games
Don Coyote Outdoor Centre Lamancha
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Edinburgh

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Photography Tour
Photography Tours
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Edinburgh Gin Distillery ©
Distillery
Edinburgh Gin Distillery
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Pickering's Gin Distillery ©
Distillery
Pickering's Gin Distillery
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Scott Monument ©
Monument
Scott Monument
4.5
Duration: 1 hour

Museums in Edinburgh

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Scottish National Gallery
Art Museum
Scottish National Gallery
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh ©
Art Gallery
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Scottish National Portrait Gallery ©
Art Museum
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
St Cecilia's Hall & Music Museum ©
Specialty Museum
St Cecilia's Hall & Music Museum
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Edinburgh

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Jenners ©
Department Store
Jenners
1.6
Duration: 1 hour
Celtic Craft Centre ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Celtic Craft Centre
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Allium ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Allium South Queensferry
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Jeffrey st. Whisky and Tobacco ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Jeffrey st. Whisky and Tobacco
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
ScotBeer Tours ©
Nightlife
ScotBeer Tours
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Arthur's Seat ©
Geologic Formation
Arthur's Seat
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Walking tour
Walking tours
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions ©
Observation Deck
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

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