The 10 best attractions in Edinburgh


Whether you’re local or visiting, there are certain attractions in Edinburgh you can’t miss. Start with these big-hitters.

From the palaces and gardens dotted around the centre to the castle looming over it, there’s no shortage of immediately recognisable attractions in Edinburgh. So much so, it can be difficult to know where to start if you’re new in town.

Whether it’s the museums and art galleries or parks and quaint cobbled alleys – hiya Old Town – there’s no denying Edinburgh’s a tourist magnet, but that’s not to say its leading attractions can’t appeal to residents as well. We’ve whittled them down to our top 10, so take a look and get stuck in. If you’ve lived here all your life and have never seen the view from Edinburgh Castle or drunk tea on the Royal Yacht Britannia, now’s your chance.

  1. Edinburgh Zoo
  2. Edinburgh Castle
  3. National Museum of Scotland
  4. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
  5. Royal Yatch Britannia
  6. The Scottish Parliament
  7. Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
  8. Our Dynamic Earth
  9. Palace of Holyroodhouse

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