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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

  • Royal Mile 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.
  • Castillo de Edimburgo 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. 
  • Palacio Holyroodhouse 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

  • Catedral de St Giles Despite being called a cathedral, St Giles’ Cathedral hasn’t been one since 1689. It was built on an old sanctuary dating from the ninth century and was dedicated to St Giles, the patron saint of lepers.
  • Monumento a Scott A Gothic style monument built to commemorate the Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott. The tower offers the best views of Edinburgh.

     

  • Royal Yacht Britannia The Queen and the Royal Family’s vessel for over 44 years, the Royal Yacht Britannia has become one of the most famous yachts in the world. Currently, it is moored in the historic port of Leith.   
  • Cámara Oscura de Edimburgo Holograms, optic illusions, concave mirrors, visual effects and a curious periscope from which visitors can see the city in real time.  
  • Greyfriars Bobby Bobby is the most loyal dog in Edinburgh. When his owner died, this skye terrier guarded his grave every day until he died 14 years later.  
  • Dean Village The Dean Village is a pleasant village located on the Water of Leith. It was founded during the twelfth century by the Canons Regular of Holyrood Abbey.

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.

  • Gladstones´ Land 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.
  • Georgian House 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

  • Scotch Whisky Experience The Scotch Whisky Experience shows its visitors the making process of whisky and includes tutoring sessions of the various types of whisky available.
  • Mary King´s Close 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.
  • Parlamento Escocés 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.