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Stunning city surrounded on all sides by glorious countryside. Are you looking for things to do in Edinburgh? We've got plenty of great ideas for you across the city.


Edinburgh has everything: high culture, Internationally renowned festivals, and stunning country walks, not forgetting Edinburgh Castle, perched on its volcanic crag overlooking the medieval buildings of the Old Town and the magnificent Georgian architecture of the New Town. The beauty of Edinburgh is that it's compact size means the city's main sites are all easily explored on foot.

Edinburgh's cosmopolitan air and vibrancy have led people to declare that Edinburgh is Scotland's less congested, less polluted answer to London. These qualities have led to Edinburgh being a world leader on the international festival calender. Every August, the city fills with visitors looking to catch the next big comedian; hear their favourite authors read from their books; or immerse themselves in the classical music and challenging theatre of the Edinburgh International Festival. Edinburgh is somewhere you will want to visit time and time again!

Known for...   Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Festival, Alexander Bell, Sean Connery, Shortbread, Tartan, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh University and Holyrood Palace


Did you know...

  • In August, Edinburgh hosts the biggest arts festival in the world.
  • Edinburgh’s Alexander Graham Bell was told by the Western Union that the telephone he invented was "an interesting novelty without any commercial possibilities.".
  • Celebrity Fact: J.K. Rowling penned the first novel in her Harry Potter series at the Elephant House cafe on George IV Bridge.



 

  Attractions

Edinburgh Dungeons

The Edinburgh Dungeon invites you to delve into the capital’s most blood-curdling history - a frightful experience.
31 Market Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1QB

 

3D Lochness

Unique 3D Lochness experience.
192B High Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1RE

01312252290

 

Our Dynamic Earth

Science centre telling the story of planet earth.
112-116 Holyrood Road
Edinburgh
EH8 8AS

01315507800

Recommended by Kerry Kirkwood, Edinburgh

 

Camera Obscura And World Of Illusions

A fun and unique way of seeing Edinburgh.
549 Castlehill
Edinburgh
EH1 2ND

01312263709

 

The Imagination Workshop

Arts and crafts for everyone.
136 Marchmont Road
Edinburgh
EH9 1AQ

01314660148

 

Edinburgh Castle

Magical visitor attraction.
Castlehill
Edinburgh
EH1 2NG

01312259846

 

Palace Of Holyrood House

Visit the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen.
Canongate
Edinburgh
EH8 8DX

 

Sandemans Edinburgh Free Tour

We believe in supporting our local communities and are committed to giving a voice to self-employed guides living in Edinburgh.
Edinburgh
EH1 1YZ

 

Georgian House

Visit the Georgian House to experience the elegance of 18th-century living in Edinburgh’s New Town.
7 Charlotte Square
Edinburgh
Midlothian
EH2 4DR

 

City Of The Dead Tours

The World Famous Edinburgh Ghost & Underground Tours.
Black Hart Entertainment
20 Gardner’s Crescent
Edinburgh
EH3 8DE

 

Edinburgh Vaults

The Vaults remain untouched since they were abandoned in the early nineteenth century but beware,they are empty but not unoccupied.
28 Blair Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1QR

 

Scott Monument

The Scott Monument is the largest monument to a writer in the world. It commemorates Sir Walter Scott.
Princes Street
Edinburgh
EH2 2EJ

 

Holyrood Abbey FREE

The ruined nave of the 12th and 13th century abbey church.
Canongate
Edinburgh
EH8 8DX

 

Gladstone's Land

The house of wealthy merchant and landlord Thomas Gledstanes showcases high-rise living, 17th-century style.
477B Lawnmarket
Edinburgh
EH1 2NT

 

The Cadies And Witchery Tours

The award-winning Cadies & Witchery Tours invite you to join our fearless phantoms for a suspenseful and mirth-filled tour.
84 Victoria Street
Edinburgh
Lothian
EH1 2HH

Recommended by Larry Holden, Manchester
“Great fun, a different perspective on Edinburgh”

 

Mary King's Close

The Real Mary King’s Close is buried deep beneath Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, a series of rooms and streets frozen in time.
2, Warriston's Close
High Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1PG

 

CitySightseeing Edinburgh

Open top bus tours, relax and see all the sights - great for all the family.
Waverley Bridge
Edinburgh
EH1 1BQ

 

The Ceramic Experience

Paint your own pottery experience.
2 Ocean Drive
Edinburgh
EH6 6JB

01315544455

 

Edinburgh Zoo

Great family day out.
134 Corstorphine Road
Edinburgh
EH12 6TS

01313349171

 

Murrayfield Stadium

Scotland's national rugby stadium.
Murrayfield
Edinburgh
EH12 5PJ

01313465000

 

Edinburgh Butterfly And Insect World

Great family day out.
Dobbies Garden World
Gilmerton Road
EH18 1AZ

01316634932

 

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Stunning visitor attraction.
20 Inverleith Row
Edinburgh
EH3 5LR

01315527171

 

Dalkieth Country Estate

500 acre of stunning woodland. Complete with adventure playground, cafe and vast array of wildlife.
Dalkeith Estate
Edinburgh
EH22 2NA

01316541666

 

Jupiter Artland

Contemporary Sculpture Garden.
Bonnington House
Kirknewton
EH27 8BB

01506889900

Recommended by Penny Ailsworth, Newcastle

 

Lauriston Castle

When you step inside Lauriston Castle, you see it just as it was in 1926, when it was left to the nation by the last private owner.
2 Cramond Road South
Cramond
Edinburgh
EH4 6AD

 

Inveresk Lodge Garden

Tucked away behind stone walls in the charming village of Inveresk, this delightful hillside garden offers an oasis of calm.
24 Inveresk Village
Musselburgh
Edinburgh & The Lothians
EH21 7TE

 

Trinity House FREE

Trinity House is the home of the Incorporation of Shipowners and Shipmasters, an organisation dating back to the 14th century.
99 Kirkgate
Leith
EH6 6BJ

 

Inwood Garden

This is an immaculately maintained plantsman's garden and full of interest throughout the season.
Carberry
Musselburgh
East Lothian
EH21 8PZ

 

Malleny Garden

This hidden treasure is a three-acre walled garden surrounded by six acres of woodland, found just outside Balerno.
Malleny Avenue
Balerno
Midlothian
EH14 7AF

 

St Bridget's Kirk, Dalgety FREE

The shell of a medieval church, much altered in the 17th century for Protestant worship.
On the shores of the Forth, 2m south west of Aberdour
KY11 9LH

 

Preston Market Cross FREE

The only surviving example of a market cross of its type on its original site.
0.5m south of Prestonpans off the Coast Road
EH32 9EN

 

St Triduana's Chapel, Restalrig Collegiate Church FREE

The lower part of a chapel built by James III, housing the shrine of St Triduana, a Pictish saint.
Off Restalrig Road South, on the east side of Edinburgh.
EH7 6LD

 

Ormiston Market Cross FREE

Symbol of the right of the inhabitants to hold a market, this is a fine free-standing 15th-century cross on a modern base.
In the village of Ormiston, 2m S of Tranent off the A1.
EH35 5HB

 

Maid Of The Forth

Sightseeing boat trips.
Hawes Pier
Queensferry
Edinburgh
EH30 9TB

01313315000

 

Inchcolm Island

Inchcolm Island is by far the most beautiful of all of the island in the Firth of Forth.
Depart from Hawes Pier
South Queensferry
EH30 9TB

Recommended by James Alton, Dundee

 

Newhailes

Discover 300 years of Scottish history through this magnificent and carefully conserved neo-Palladian villa.
Newhailes Road
Musselburgh
East Lothian
EH21 6RY

 

Crichton Castle

Built as the lordly residence of the Crichtons and later home to the Earls of Bothwell. Stunning 16th century courtyard façade.
located 4km south west of Pathhead off the A68
EH37 5XA

 

Castlelaw Hill Fort FREE

An Iron Age hill fort with a souterrain built in one of the ditches.
On Castle Knowe, about 1m north west of Glencorse
EH26 0PB

 

Craigmillar Castle

A well preserved medieval castle, Craigmillar has a tower house, courtyard and gardens.
Craigmillar Castle Road
Edinburgh
EH16 4SY

 

Corstorphine Dovecot FREE

A large circular ‘beehive’ dovecot in a good state of preservation with nesting boxes complete.
Corstorphine
Edinburgh
EH12 7LE

 

Dere Street Roman Road FREE

A good stretch of the Roman road running from Corbridge beside Hadrian’s Wall to Cramond on the Firth of Forth.
Beside Soutra Aisle, just off the A68 on the B6368
EH37 5TF

 

Gorgie City Farm FREE

Gorgie City Farm has been a much-loved part of the local community in Edinburgh for the past 30 years.
51 Gorgie Road
Edinburgh
Midlothian
EH11 2LA

01313374202

Recommended by Rose Macdonald, Edinburgh

 

Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Britannia is one of the world's most famous ships - and a great visitor attraction.
Ocean Terminal
Leith
Edinburgh
EH6 6JJ

 
 

  Museums

The Museum Of Edinburgh FREE

The Museum of Edinburgh is the City’s treasure box - a maze of historic rooms crammed full of iconic objects from Capital’s past.
142-146 Canongate
Edinburgh
Midlothian
EH8 8DD

 

The People's Story Museum FREE

The People’s Story explores the lives of Edinburgh’s ordinary people at work and play from the late 18th century to today.
163 Canongate
Royal Mile
Edinburgh
EH8 8BN

Recommended by Heather Mason, Glasgow

 

Museum Of Childhood FREE

The Museum of Childhood is a fun day out for the whole family. Young people can learn about the children of the past.
42 High Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1TG

 

Museum On The Mound FREE

Opened in 2006, this fascinating museum takes a fresh look at money – and much, much more.
The Mound
Edinburgh
Midlothian
EH1 1YZ

Recommended by Bill Dowell, USA

 

St Cecilias Hall Museum Of Instruments FREE

On display are some 50 of the world's most important and best-preserved early keyboard instruments.
Cowgate
Edinburgh
EH1 1NQ

 

Reid Concert Hall Museum Of Instruments FREE

On display are nearly 1000 items including stringed, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments from Britain, Europe and more.
Bristo Square
Edinburgh
EH8 9AH

 

National War Museum

Investigate the story of Scotland at war within the historic setting of Edinburgh Castle, accounts of battles lost and won.
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh
EH1 2NG

 

National Museum Of Scotland FREE

Explore the natural world,world cultures,art and design,science and technology and Scottish history.
Chambers Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1JF

03001236789

Recommended by Kerry Kirkwood, Edinburgh
“'I feel like I travel through time :)'”

 

Prestongrange Museum FREE

Prestongrange is a family friendly site, with a dedicated play area located in the Visitor Centre and entertaining trailsheets.
Morrisons Haven
Prestonpans
East Lothian
EH32 9RX

 

National Mining Museum Scotland

National coal mining museum for Scotland and cares for the Lady Victoria Colliery and the national coal mining collections.
Lady Victoria Colliery
Dalkeith
Midlothian
EH22 4QN

 
 

  Parks

Holyrood Park FREE

Holyrood Park is a unique historic landscape in the heart of the city.
Edinburgh
EH16 5BT

 

Dalkeith Country Estate

Only 5 miles from Edinburgh city centre, Dalkeith Country Estate is your great centre for a fun family day out.
Dalkeith
Edinburgh
EH22 2NJ

 

Beeslack Wood FREE

Beeslack Wood is situated within the town of Penicuik, Mid Lothian, off the A701 trunk road.
Penicuik
Midlothian
EH26 0QF

 
 

  Beaches

Fisherrow West FREE

Fisherrow sands is a large sandy bay situated in Musselburgh, a few miles east of Edinburgh.
near Edinburgh
EH21 6EA

 

Silverknowes FREE

A sandy beach close to Edinburgh.
near Edinburgh
EH12 7EF

 
 

  Galleries

Scottish National Gallery FREE

The Scottish National Gallery is in the heart of Edinburgh and houses one of the best collections of fine art in the world.
The Mound
Edinburgh
EH2 2EL

Recommended by Wendy Stachoviak, Missouri

 

Scottish National Portrait Gallery FREE

Come face to face with Scotland, past and present, at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
1 Queen Street
Edinburgh
EH2 1JD

 

Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art FREE

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is a must-see venue for modern and contemporary art and is home to fantastic sculpture.
75 Belford Road
Edinburgh
EH4 3DR

 
 

  Bowling

Tenpin Edinburgh

Modern 18 lane bowling alley.
Fountain Park
Fountain Bridge
EH11 1AW

 

World Of Bowling

12 lane state of the art bowling alley.
11 Newmarket Road
Edinburgh
EH14 1RJ

01314430404

 
 

  Cinema

Cameo Picturehouse

One of Scotland's oldest independent cinemas.
38 Home Street
Edinburgh
EH3 9LZ

 

Odeon Edinburgh Lothian Road

Multi-screen cinema.
118 Lothian Road
Edinburgh
EH3 8BQ

03330144501

 

Filmhouse

Independent Cinema.
88 Lothian Road
Edinburgh
EH3 9BZ

01312282688

 

Vue Cinema Edinburgh Omni Centre

Multi-screen cinema.
Omni Leisure Building Greenside Place
1/11 Leith Street
Edinburgh
EH1 3AU

03453084620

 

Cineworld Edinburgh

Modern multi-screen cinema complex.
Fountain Park
130 Dundee Street
Edinburgh
EH11 1AF

03303334444

 

Odeon Edinburgh West

Multi-screen cinema (Odeon Luxe).
Westside Plaza
120 Wester Hailes Road
Edinburgh
EH14 3HR

03330144501

 

Odeon Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird

Multi-screen cinema.
Fort Kinnaird Retail Park
Newcraighall Rd
Edinburgh
EH15 3HP

03330144501

 

Vue Cinema Edinburgh Ocean Terminal

Multi-screen cinema.
Ocean Drive
Victoria Dock
Edinburgh
EH6 6JJ

03453084620

 
 

  Theatre

Edinburgh Playhouse Hairspray

The West End's favourite musical comedy, Hairspray is back on the road.
18-22 Greenside Place
Edinburgh
EH1 3AA

 

The Royal Lyceum Theatre

Historic city centre theatre.
30b Grindlay Street
Edinburgh
EH3 9AX

 

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Following the continued success of BBC One's ratings-winning Strictly Come Dancing, Craig Revel Horwood's brand new show.
13-29 Nicolson Street
Edinburgh
EH8 9FT

 

Edinburgh Playhouse The Lion King

Celebrating its 14th year at London’s Lyceum Theatre and now on its first tour of the UK and Ireland.
18-22 Greenside Place
Edinburgh
EH1 3AA

 

Pleasance Theatre

The best live music, comedy and theatre.
1 Bristo Square
Edinburgh
EH8 9AL

01315566550

 
 

  Live Music

Usher Hall

Landmark venue that embraces all musical genres.
Lothian Road
Edinburgh
EH1 2EA

 

The Picture House

Electic live music venue.
31 Lothian Road
EH1 2DJ

01312212280

 

The Queen's Hall

900-capacity music venue.
85-89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh
EH8 9JG

 
 

  Comedy

The Stand

Much loved comedy club.
5 York Place
Edinburgh
EH1 3EB

01315587272

 
 

  Golf

Clubhouse

Indoor contemporary golf centre.
Edinburgh Quay
133 Fountainbridge
EH3 9QG

01312283894

 
 

  Leisure centres

Bannatyne

State of the art health and fitness club.
43 Queen Street
Edinburgh
EH2 3NH

01312258384

 

Pure Gym

Great value health and fitness centre.
15 Lauriston Place
Edinburgh
EH3 9EN

08450773256

 

Virgin Active

Health and Fitness club.
Leith Street
Edinburgh
EH1 3AU

01315501650

 

Royal Commonwealth Pool

We're proud to offer a wide range of modern health and fitness activities for all the family in our fantastic refurbished venue.
Dalkeith Road
Edinburgh
Midlothian
EH16 5BB

 

Newbattle Swimming Pool

25m swimming pool, 8m toddler pool, Sauna, High and spring diving boards.
Main Street
Newtongrange
Midlothian
EH22 4LJ

 

David Lloyd

Tennis, health and fitness club.
89b Glasgow Road
Edinburgh
EH12 8GZ

01313162300

 
 

  Water sports

Edinburgh Leisure Sailing And Watersports

Opportunities to kayak, powerboat, sail and much more.
Port Edgar Marina
Shore Road
EH30 9SQ

01313313330

 
 

  Sport

Midlothian Snowsports Centre

Midlothian Snowsports Centre offers all the fun and adrenaline you'd expect from Britain's biggest artificial slope.
Biggar Road
Hillend
Edinburgh
EH10 7DU

 

Murrayfield Ice Rink

Ice skating venue.
13 Riversdale Crescent
Edinburgh
EH12 5XN

01313376933

 
 

  Riding

Tower Farm Riding Stables

Lessons available for adults and children.
85 Liberton Drive
Edinburgh
EH16 6NS

01316643375

 
 

  Climbing

Alien Rock

Indoor climbing centre.
8 Pier Place
Newhaven
EH6 4LP

01315527211

 

Edinburgh International Climbing Arena

Climbing fun for all ages.
South Platt Hill
Edinburgh
EH28 8AA

01313336333

 
 

  Laser

Laserquest

The original and best laserquest experience.
56 Dalry Road
Edinburgh
EH11 2BA

01313461919

 

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