Attractions in Edinburgh


Historic Buildings

Edinburgh is a city that is filled with history, reflecting the nations rich and interesting past.  It is therefore no surprise that there are a wealth of historic and unique building in Edinburgh that are worth visiting, the majority of which are situated around the city centre of Edinburgh.

  • Rossylen Chapel
  • Holyrood Palace
  • Craigmillar Castle
  • Blackness Castle
  • Hopetoun House

Visitor Attractions

There are no shortage of visitor attractions accross Edinburgh, they range in type and price but two of the more popular attractions are the Royal Yacht Britannia which is located in Leith and the Scottish Parliament which is free to tour and is home to the devolved government.

  • The Scotch Whisky Experience
  • The Edinburgh Dungeon
  • Camera Obscura
  • Scottish Parliament
  • Our Dynamic Earth
  • Royal Yacht Britannia

Outdoor Attractions

These selected outdoor attractions are perfect for the days when the sun in shining in Edinburgh and you want to make the most of the weather.  Most of these are free to do, such as a walk up Arthurs seat and a stroll through the gardens.  Edinburgh Zoo is the only Zoo in Scotland and is one of the countrys most popular attractions.

  • Arthurs Seat
  • Edinburgh Zoo
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Princes Street Gardens
  • Scott Monument


There is no shortage of museums throughout the city and most of the museums that are listed below have FREE entry.  The two most popular museums are the Museum of Scotland which is a must see on a visit to Edinburgh and the National Galleries which has an extensive art collection including some famous Scottish art.

  • Museum of Scotland
  • Writers Museum
  • Museum of Childhood
  • National Galleries
  • National War Museum


There are a number of worthwhile tours to do in Edinburgh, a popular one is the red bus tour which takes you around the city and allows you to get off at various attractions along the route.  Also worth doing is a ghost tour which shows a darker side to the city.

  • Mary Kings Close Tour
  • Mercat Ghost Tours
  • Edinburgh Bus Tour
  • Gilmerton Cove