Edinburgh is a historic city with a modern soul, and is packed full of world-famous attractions which reflect this meeting of old and new. As well as the world-famous Edinburgh Castle, the atmospheric Palace of Holyroodhouse and the innovative Scottish Parliament Buildings, visitors can expect to stumble upon some lesser-known but equally impressive sites, some of which we’ve listed below. We can really only scratch the surface of everything that’s on offer here, so if you need further advice do speak to our knowledgeable concierge about the city’s best historic and contemporary attractions.
If you’re in Edinburgh on the hunt for the some of the best in contemporary Scottish art then you’ll find plenty here; the Scottish Gallery has a busy schedule of events and exhibitions, including permanent collections of Scottish art alongside new work by international and local artists.Learn More
Stepping inside Lauriston Castle is rather like stepping back in time; the interiors of the castle have remained largely untouched since 1926, when it was gifted to the nation by its last private owner. Visitors should make sure not to miss the gardens; they are free to enter and full of hidden gems, like the Kyoto Friendship Garden, alongside some more obvious attractions such as the unmissable sea views.Learn More
If you only have time to do one thing in Edinburgh, this could well be your best bet. Escape into the corridors of this imposing museum for an hour or two to stroll amongst a huge array of stuffed animals, see a full-size cast of a T-Rex skeleton and learn about Dolly the cloned sheep who resides here (although sadly in stuffed form).Learn More
Guests can walk in the footsteps of royalty with a visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia, the former official vessel of Queen Elizabeth II, now permanently docked in Edinburgh. The tour will give you an up close and personal glimpse at the life of royalty at sea, including a peek at the royal bedrooms, the on-board Rolls-Royce Phantom V and the gleaming engine room.
The outstanding Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh are renowned for their huge collection of living plants and 70 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Springtime offers the most excitement in the gardens, with a sudden explosion of colour. In winter months visitors can spend time in the glasshouses where for a moment you can escape the chill and enjoy tropical temperatures and diverse tropical flora.Learn More
This is a great way to learn about one of Scotland’s most famous exports. Unfortunately there are no distilleries open to the public in the city, but this experience more than makes up for it. All whisky tours begin with a rather exciting ride through a replica distillery in an over-sized whisky barrel.
A trip to Edinburgh isn't complete without visiting the zoo. Home to the UK's only Giant Pandas, as well as over 1000 other animals, it is definitely worth a day out exploring it's large grounds,Learn More