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Edinburgh

Known for Historical Building, Museum and Castle

Scotland’s capital is filled with attractive landmarks, parks and gardens, and hosts cultural festivals that draw millions of visitors each year.

How do you get to Edinburgh?

Nestled beside long extinct volcanoes and built on seven hills, Edinburgh offers spectacular scenery in a rugged setting. The city itself is visually impressive with the medieval buildings of the Old Town and the wide Georgian roads and spacious homes of the New Town. Edinburgh was declared a World Heritage Site in 1995.

The city’s crowning glory and the reason for its existence is Edinburgh Castle. For hundreds of years, this fortress perched on an ancient volcano defended the city from attack.

Start your exploration of Scotland’s capital city at The Royal Mile. This series of cobblestone streets links the castle with the Palace of Holyroodhouse, an official royal residence. Along the route you’ll come across some of the city’s most famous landmarks, including St. Giles’ Cathedral and Parliament House.

Just a short walk away is Princes Street Gardens, which runs the length of Princes Street, the city’s main shopping area. While you are enjoying this pretty green space, visit some of its memorials and monuments including the Scott Monument. This Gothic structure was built to honor the novelist Sir Walter Scott. Its viewing galleries offer good views of the city.

Enjoy even more beautiful views from the hills that rise over the city. Hike to the summits of Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano, and Calton Hill, which is home to a number of impressive monuments.

Veer off the beaten track and explore some of Edinburgh’s lesser-known sites. Dean Village is surrounded by countryside and is just five minutes from the city center. The port district has a wealth of bars, cafes and restaurants and is also the final resting place of the Royal Yacht Britannia. This magnificent vessel sailed the British royal family around the world for more than 40 years.

Two of the most popular months to visit Edinburgh are December and August. Overlapping arts festivals running through August include the Edinburgh Fringe and the Edinburgh Art Festival. December is packed with Yuletide attractions and markets, and is rounded off with one of the world’s most famous street parties: Edinburgh’s Hogmanay.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Fortress, palace and repository of the crown jewels, this landmark overlooking the city has played a crucial role in Scottish history.

Glimpse the life of royalty in the elegant rooms of what was once the Queen of England's personal cruise liner and Britain's ambassadorial ship overseas.

Hike up a former active volcano that’s only a few minutes from the city center and enjoy impressive views of Edinburgh.

Spend time in this attractive green space that separates Edinburgh’s Old Town from its 18th-century New Town.

See stunning artwork, beautiful chapels, poignant memorials and musical performances at this ancient place of worship.

See rare and endangered species and learn about the efforts to conserve them at Edinburgh’s largest wildlife attraction.

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Get to know Edinburgh on a hop-on hop-off tour of the Scottish capital's finest attractions. Cruise the city streets in a double-decker bus, riding along multiple routes that allow you to set your own pace and craft your own itinerary.

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Find rolling hills shrouded in mist, listen to stories of Scottish legends and heroes, and uncover the secrets tucked away in the the Scottish Highlands. On this full-day guided tour, explore the region's acclaimed National Parks, pass by massive historic castles, and scan the waters of Loch Ness for its famed and elusive sea monster.

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48 hours on all 3 Edinburgh Bus Tours hop-on, hop-off tours - Edinburgh Tour, Majestic Tour,CitySightseeing Edinburgh plus entry to Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Royal Yacht Britannia.

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To really appreciate the beauty and culture of Edinburgh, you need to spend a couple of days exploring. Enjoy an overnight stay in a central hotel, with plenty of time to discover the charms of this incredible city and its plethora of outstanding attractions, including the imposing castle.

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Hop on a train in London and spend the day exploring Edinburgh, learning intriguing cultural heritage in Scotland's capital. See some of the city's most impressive sights—an introductory tour by open-top bus is included—and visit the splendid Edinburgh Castle and Royal Mile.

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Learn about the mysteries and myths of Loch Ness, visit Scottish estuaries, and gaze at some of the most breathtaking scenery of the Scottish Highlands. Scotland is famed for its monstrous lake inhabitant and outstanding natural beauty; uncover both on this tour.

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