Top Attractions in Edinburgh
Edinburgh is the second most popular tourist destination in the UK after London. Find out why Scotland’s capital is so attractive and what the top attractions are to make the most of your visit to “one of the most hauntingly beautiful places in the world” according to Harry Potter’s author, J.K. Rowling.
Three visits that define Edinburgh
- The Royal Mile runs from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. It is approximately 1.81 km long and is the most popular part of the historic capital.
- Edinburgh Castle stands high on the Castle Hill, overlooking all the city and is the most famous attraction in Edinburgh. Explore this stronghold and discover all its hidden secrets.
- Holyrood Palace is still to this day the official residence of the Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family when they visit the city. It is one of the most beautiful palaces in Edinburgh..
Other top attractions in Edinburgh
Two historic house museums
Edinburgh has two historic house museums, one in the Old Town and the second in the New Town, both will make you go back in time.
- Gladstone’s Land is a seventeenth century house belonging to a wealthy merchant. It currently offers a vision of how life was over 400 years ago in the Old Town of Edinburgh.
- Located in the heart of the New Town, the Georgian House portrays the lifestyle of the wealthiest citizens of Edinburgh during the eighteenth century.
Other places of interest
- The Scotch Whisky Experience shows its visitors the making process of whisky and includes tutoring sessions of the various types of whisky available.
- The Real Mary King’s Close is one of Edinburgh’s oldest and most famous closes (alleyways). It lies under the buildings of the Royal Mile.
- The new Scottish Parliament building represents the recovery of the legislative power by the Scottish people after three centuries of merge with the UK.
Day trips outside of Edinburgh
If you want to see other parts of Scotland, these are the most popular and beautiful day trips from Edinburgh: Loch Ness, the Highlands, Rosslyn Chapel and the Lowlands, Stirling and Saint Andrews or Glasgow and the Loch Katrine and Loch Lomond.