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Attractions in Edinburgh

From pandas to pop-art and dinosaurs to Dolly the Sheep, Edinburgh boasts art galleries, museums, parks and much more, all within easy reach in the UK’s most walkable city. Take an early morning walk on Portobello beach, enjoy a dram (or two) at the Scotch Whisky Experience, peruse world-class art in our National Galleries and, of course, visit Edinburgh Castle and watch the One O’Clock Gun being fired. Despite its timeless setting,

National Museum of Scotland

Discover the delights of the natural world, explore ancient civilisations and enthuse at treasures from around the world. Following a £14.1m refurbishment, ten new galleries open this summer, introducing more than 250 new interactive visitor activities, with a focus on the wonders of science, technology and design.

Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF
+44 (0) 300 123 6789
nms.ac.uk

The Potter Trail

Muggles welcome. Visit and learn about the Edinburgh locations that inspired JK Rowling to create her famous characters and scenes from the much loved Harry Potter books. Along with visiting where she wrote herbooks, visitors will learn about the real live witches and wizards of medical Edinburgh.

Tours depart outside Greyfriars Bobby Bar
30-34 Candlemaker Row, EH1 2Q
pottertrail.com

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The Scottish National Gallery is in the heart of Edinburgh and houses one of the best collections of fine art in the world. From Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie, to contemporary figures such as Tilda Swinton and Billy Connelly, come meet the people who have helped shape the nation’s identity at home and abroad.

1 Queen St, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD
+44 (0) 131 624 6200
nationalgalleries.org

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Founded in the 17th century as a physic garden, The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh now extends over four gardens, cultivating a rich living collection of plants, flower and fauna. It’s rightly a worldrenowned centre for plant science and education.

20A Inverleith Row, EH3 5LR
+44 (0) 131 248 2909
rbge.org.uk

Scottish Parliament

The devolved national, unicameral legislature of Scotland, the Scottish Parliament sits at the foot of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile by Holyrood Park and the Salisbury Crags. Open to the public six days a week, visitors can enjoy free guided tours providing an in-depth insight into the workings of the Scottish parliamentary system.

Edinburgh, EH99 1SP
+44 (0) 131 348 5000
parliament.scot

Museum of Childhood

Reopened in early 2018 after a £200,000 refurbishment, young people and adults alike will enjoy finding out about growing up through the ages in the Museum of Childhood. Exhibits range from toys and games to health and school days and are complimented by a range of hands-on activities, including a puppet theatre and dressing up area. A fantastic museum shop, help to make your visit a memorable one.

42 High St, Royal Mile, EH1 1TG
+44 (0) 131 529 4142
edinburghmuseums.org.uk

The Scott Monument

The largest monument to any writer in the world, The Scott Monument commemorates Edinburgh’s iconic writer, Sir Walter Scott. There are 287 steps to the top, from where you can enjoy breath-taking views of Edinburgh and the surrounding countryside. You can also find out about Sir Walter Scott and the monument in the museum room.

E. Princes St Gardens, Edinburgh, EH2 2EJ
+44 (0) 131 529 4068
edinburghmuseums.org.uk

Edinburgh Zoo

Over 600,000 annual visitors can’t be wrong! Edinburgh Zoo is a must for any animal lover visiting Edinburgh. Get close to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals, or join one of the many educational events and activities – ranging from keeper talks through to hands-on animal encounters.

Edinburgh Zoo 134 Corstorphine Road, EH12 6TS
+44 (0) 131 334 9171
rzss.org.uk

The Usher Hall

Scotland’s only five-star concert hall, The Usher Hall is famed for hosting a range of concerts and performances from the worlds of rock, pop, classical, jazz, world and folk music. Offering a packed programme to suit all tastes, this beautiful Edwardian building is wellloved by performers and audiences alike thanks to its magnificent acoustics.

Usher Hall, Lothian Road, EH1 2EA
+44 (0) 131 228 8616
usherhall.co.uk

Royal Yacht Britannia

Home to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the world the Royal Yacht Britannia is the UK’s no.1 attraction (TripAdvisor). Now berthed in Edinburgh, you can follow in the footsteps of Royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.

Ocean Terminal, Leith, EH6 6JJ
+44 (0) 131 555 5566
royalyachtbritannia.co.uk

Surgeons’ Hall Museum

Learn more about our fascinating bodies, the histories of dentistry, medicine and surgery and the vital part that Scottish research played in all three. First developed as a teaching museum, Surgeons’ Hall Museum opened to the general public in 1832, making it Scotland’s oldest museum. The venue features interactive displays and exhibits, which will help visitors discover the stories and breakthroughs that have shaped modern surgical practice.

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Nicolson Street, EH8 9DW
+44 (0) 131 557 1711
museum.rcsed.ac.uk

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