Top 10 things to do in Edinburgh
1. Edinburgh Castle
The world’s famous icon of Scotland has played a key role in Scottish history. Edinburgh Castle history goes back to 900BC and still remains a military base today. You will experience a deep sense of history and both guided and audio tours will tell its dramatic history.
2. The Royal Mile
The Royal Mile is an area that connects the fascinating Edinburgh Castle with the magnificent Palace of Holyroodhouse. It runs through the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town with souvenir shops, restaurants and tourist attractions on the way.
3. Palace of Holyroodhouse
Visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, an official residence of the British monarch in Scotland, this place is the home of Scottish royal history. Visitors can explore 17th-century former King’s apartments, the romantic ruins of the 12th-century Holyrood Abbey and marvellous royal gardens.
4. St. Giles’ Cathedral
St Giles’ Cathedral is located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and has been a principal place of worship of Scotland’s capital city. Founded in about 1124, St Giles’ Cathedral allows visitors experience a magnificent feeling of history and observe its impressive architecture.
5. Rosslyn Chapel
Located in the village of Roslin, Rosslyn Chapel is one the most remarkable churches in Scotland. Shrouded in mystery of legends which link the church with the Knights Templar and the Masons, Rosslyn Chapel has been featured in Dan Brown’s bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code and its 2006 film adaptation.
6. Calton Hill
Calton Hill area is situated right in the centre of Edinburgh and is included in the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are many iconic buildings located in Calton Hill including the headquarters of the Scottish Government, the National Monument, Holyrood Palace and many more.
7. The Real Mary King’s Close
The Real Mary King’s Close is a warren of hidden streets located under buildings on the Royal Mile. This is one of the most mysterious Edinburgh’s secrets, Mary King’s Close has the reputation for hauntings since at least the 17th century.
8. Blair Street Underground Vaults
An experience not for the faint hearted, Blair Street Underground Vaults are a series of underground chambers built in the 18th century. The walking tour will take you to a dark and unchanged world for those brave enough for this unforgettable experience.
9. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Located one mile away from city centre, The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. It was founded in 1670 and is a centre for the study of plants with more than 3,000 exotic plants from all over the world. An opportunity to spend a great day out with the amazing views over Edinburgh’s skyline.
10. National Museum of Scotland
For those looking for a cultural experience, National Museum of Scotland offers the visitors to see collections of national and international importance including Scottish antiquities, culture and history while the adjacent Royal Museum cover science, technology and world history.