A list of the Main Attractions in and around
Edinburgh with images, websites, maps, and
The city Tour Buses visit most
of the main attractions. These depart from the
entrance to Waverley Train Station in the city
Click on the post-codes for maps and reviews.
Princes Street Gardens are
a public park in the city centre between the main
shopping area of Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle.
The Gardens were created in the 1820s, a great place
to relax when shopping or for views of the castle.
Rose Street and George Street are situated just
behind Princes Street with many popular shps and
bar/diners. The city Tour Buses depart from the top
end of the gardens next to Waverley Train Station.
Website . EH2 2HG . Image
Scott Monument in Princes
Street Gardens. The 200ft high gothic Scott Monument
was built in 1844 to honour the novelist Sir Walter Scott.
There are 287 steps to the top, from where you have
views of Edinburgh and for miles around. The steps
are steep and narrow. Tel 0131 529 4068. Price guide
Website . Wiki . EH2 2EJ . Image
A neoclassical building situated between the two
parts of Princes Street Gardens. The building was
designed by William Henry Playfair, and first opened
to the public in 1859. It holds Scotland's top
collection of European paintings and sculpture from
the Renaissance to Post-Impressionism. Tel 0131 624
Website . Wiki . EH2 2EL . Image
The Edinburgh Dungeon
between Princes Street and the Royal Mile on Market
Street. An amazing cast of theatrical actors, special
effects, stages, scenes and a walk through experience
that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel. Hilarious
fun, and a bit scary. Tel 0131 240 1001.
Website . EH1 1DF
Edinburgh Castle in the
centre of Edinburgh overlooking Princes Street and
Gardens. You can walk up to the castle through
Princes Street Gardens, or follow one of the roads
up. This is the most visited tourist attraction in
Scotland. The Royal Mile runs from the castle down to
the Palace of Holyroodhouse with lots of museums,
souvenir shops, attractions, and diners. Tel 0131 225
Website . RS Page . EH1 2NG . Image
St Giles' Cathedral Royal Mile a few hundred
yards from the castle. St Giles' Cathedral is the
historic Church of Edinburgh. Now known as the High
Kirk of Edinburgh, as it lost its cathedral status
during the reformation in the 1560s. One of the top
historic attractions in Edinburgh. Tel 0131 225 9442.
Website . RS Page . EH1 1RE . Image
Greyfriars Bobby statue
& grave yard at George IV Bridge. Greyfriars
Bobby was a Skye Terrier that became famous after
reportedly spending 14 years guarding the grave of
his owner, John Gray, until he died himself on the
14th January 1872. A year later, Lady Burdett-Coutts
had a statue and fountain erected at the southern end
of the George IV Bridge, just off the Royal Mile, as
seen right. Several books and films have been based
on this dog, such as the novel Greyfriar's Bobby in
1912 by Eleanor Atkinson, and the films Greyfriars
Bobby in 1961, and The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby
in 2006. Tel 0131 664 4314. FREE.
wiki/page . EH1 2QQ
National Museum of
Scotland just off the Royal Mile at George IV
Bridge. Dedicated to the history, people and culture
of Scotland. Opened in 1998, the museum has
Sculptures, prehistoric jewellery, The Monymusk
Reliquary, 10 of the Lewis chessmen, A Union Flag and
Scottish Flag raised by the Hanoverians and Jacobites
at the Battle of Culloden. Tel 0300 123 6789.
nms.ac.uk . RS Page . EH1 1JF
John Knox House museum on
the Royal Mile below St Giles. Built in the 1470s,
John Knox House is one of Scotland's top museums,
with connections to the Protestant reformation. The
house was owned by James Mosman, goldsmith to Mary
Queen of Scots, and became the last residence of John
Knox, the Protestant reformer. Tel 0131 556 9579.
Website . EH1 1SR . Image
Scottish Parliament at the
bottom of the Royal Mile. Completed in 2004 to
designs of the Catalan architect Enric Miralles. The
building was built to celebrate Scotland establishing
a new Parliament in 1999. The previous Scottish
Parliament merged with the English Parliament in
1707. The building attracts vast numbers of visitors.
Tel 0131 348 5000. FREE.
Website . Wiki . EH99 1SP
Palace of Holyroodhouse at
the bottom of the Royal Mile. Founded as a monastery
in 1128, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is The Queen's
official residence in Scotland. The Palace has a long
interesting history, such as Mary, Queen of Scots
lived here between 1561 and 1567, and kings and
queens have made the Palace their premier royal
residence in Scotland. Tel 0131 556 5100.
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Our Dynamic Earth at the
bottom of the Royal Mile. Displays of our planet's
past, present and future, with interactive exhibits
and technology such as 4D and 3D experiences. You can
see the creation of the Earth, follow the planet
through its evolution, and catch glimpses of its
future. Tel 0131 550 7800.
Website . UDS Page . EH8 8AS
Arthurs Seat at the bottom
of the Royal Mile. 820 feet high hill in Holyrood
Park with a path all the way to the top for great
views over Edinburgh.
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Calton Hill at the bottom
of the Royal Mile. 338 feet high hill at the north
end of Princes Street with a number of monuments on
top and the City Observatory.
St Mary's Cathedral 1.4 miles southwest of
Edinburgh centre. The foundation stone was laid on
the 21st May 1874 by the Duke of Buccleuch and
Queensberry. The Nave of the Cathedral was opened on
the 25th January 1879. Tour buses do not visit, only
a short walk from the south end of Princes Street.
Tel 0131 225 6293.
Website . RS Page . EH12 5AW
Royal Botanic Garden 1.4 miles northwest of
Edinburgh centre. Opened in 1670 at St. Anne's Yard,
by Holyrood Palace. It was moved to this location at
Inverleith in 1820. This is the second oldest botanic
garden in Britain, after the one in Oxford. The Palm
House, built in 1858, is the highest in Britain. A
new large visitor centre was opened in 2011, free
entry. Some tour buses visit every 15 to 30 minutes.
Tel 0131 248 2901.
Website . UDS . EH3 5LR . Image
Royal Yacht Britannia port
of Leith 2 miles north of Edinburgh centre. This ship
was home to Her Majesty The Queen and her family. Now
permanently berthed at Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh so
you can board to view one of the most special of
royal residences. Some City Sight Seeing buses visit
the Britannia every 15 to 30 minutes. Service buses
run to and from the city centre every 10 minutes,
about £1.50 each way, these buses are marked
Ocean Terminal. The Ocean Terminal also has a large
modern shopping mall and multi bar/ diners
/restaurants with views of the yacht. Tel 0131 555
Website . UDS . EH6 6JJ . Image
Granton Harbour - Firth of
Forth, trips, diving and fishing 3 miles
northwest of Edinburgh. Based in Granton Harbour,
Edinburgh. Enjoy cruises around the Islands of the
Forth to view seals and their pups as the lie on the
beaches, or the many species of seabirds of the
Forth. Tel: 0777 4103 405.
Website . EH5 1HF
Edinburgh Zoo 4 miles
southwest of Edinburgh centre. Situated on
Corstorphine Hill with great views of the city. Built
in 1913, it attracts over 600,000 visitors a year,
Scotland's second most popular paid for tourist
attraction, after Edinburgh Castle. Regular inexpensive buses run
from the city centre. Tel 0131 334 9171.
Website . UDS Page . EH2 2EQ
Lauriston Castle 4 miles
northwest of Edinburgh centre. Situated in thirty
acres of grounds with views across the Firth of
Forth. It was built in about 1590 for Sir Archibald
Napier, and extended in the 1820s. The preserved
interiors were decorated and furnished between 1902
and 1926, in Edwardian style. Tel 0131 336 2060.
Website . EH4 6AD
Newhailes 5 miles east of
Edinburgh. A late 1600s mansion with early 1700s
decorative art and collections, surrounded by a 1700s
landscape. Step back in time for an experience rated
as 5 satrs by the Scottish Tourist Board. Tel 0131
Website . UDS Page . EH21 6RY
Centre 6 miles south of Edinburgh. Britain's
longest challenging artificial ski slopes with tTwo
main slopes, three nursery slopes, jump slope, all
floodlit. Tel 0131 445 4433.
Website . EH10 7DU
Rosslyn Chapel, 7 miles
south of Edinburgh centre. Rosslyn Chapel, originally
named the Collegiate Chapel of St. Matthew, is a
1400s church in the village of Roslin. The Chapel is
best known for its part in Dan Brown's 2003 best
selling novel The Da Vinci Code, and the 2006 film.
Tel 0131 440 2159.
Website . UDS Page . EH25 9PU
Forth Tours & Inchcolm
Island trips from 9 miles northwest of
Edinburgh centre. Based at Hawes Pier, South
Queensferry. Tours to the Forth bridges and Inchcolm
Island on the Forth Belle. You can take an optional 1
hour landing on Inchcolm Island to view the Historic
Abbey. Tel: 0131 331 3030.
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Page . EH30 9TB
Forth Tours & Inchcolm
Island trips from 9 miles northwest of
Edinburgh centre. Boat trips depart from the Hawes
Pier in South Queensferry, by Edinburgh. 1 hour
sightseeing cruises where you can get great views of
the historic Forth Bridges from our open top deck.
Daily boat trips to Inchcolm Island are consistently
voted as one of the best things to do in Edinburgh.
Tel: 0131 331 5000.
Website . EH30 9TB
Hopetoun House / 12 miles
west of Edinburgh. One of the top Georgian mansions
in Britain designed by the Scottish architects Sir
William Bruce and William Adam. The House is situated
in 150 acres of parkland with many woodland walks.
Regular inexpensive buses run from Edinburgh centre
Queensferry, which is an interesting town itself,
you are then 3 miles from the house. A local taxi can then
be hired to Hopetoun House or you can walk. Tel 0131
Website . RS Page .
Deep Sea World North
Queensferry 14 miles west of Edinburgh. Deep Sea
World is an aquarium opened in 1994, on a site below
the Forth Rail Bridge with a collection of large sand
tiger sharks, and various other species of shark. One
of the top attractions is the 367 feet long
transparent underwater viewing tunnel, that is one of
the longest in the world. Trains run from Edinburgh
centre 15 mins travel. Tel 01383 411 880.
Website . UDS Page . KY11 1JR
Blackness Castle, 16 miles
west of Edinburgh centre. Built in the 1400s by the
Crichtons, one of Scotland's most powerful families,
Blackness was built to serve as garrison fortress and
state prison. Tel 01506 834 807.
Website . RS Page . EH49 7NH
Linlithgow 17 miles west of Edinburgh. The remains of
Linlithgow Palace are situated at the top of a hill
between the centre of Linlithgow town and Linlithgow
Loch. Birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Situated in
the centre of Linlithgow with iInexpensive trains and
buses running from Edinburgh all day to close to the
Palace. Tel 01506 842 896.
Website . RS Page . EH49 7AL
Kinneil House &
Estate, 19 miles west of Edinburgh centre.
Situated in a public park, the oldest part of the
house is a 1400s tower, remodelled by the Earl of
Arran between 1546 and 1550. The ruins of James
Watt's cottage and the boiler of his Newcomen Engine
are on the the grounds. The House is open to the
public only on free open days during the year,
organised by Historic Scotland. Other times, the
building has to be viewed from the outside. Tel:
01506 778 530.
Website . UDS Page . EH51 0PR
National Museum of Flight
about 23 miles east of Edinburgh. The museum is
situated in the wartime buildings of RAF East
Fortune, one of the best preserved wartime airfields
in the UK. The museum collections are one of the top
in the UK, covering military, civil and recreational
aircraft. Concorde is one of the most recent aircraft
to be displayed. Regular Buses run
from Edinburgh centre. Tel 0300 123 6789.
Website . UDS Page. EH39 5LF