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Top 14 Places to visit in Edinburgh, Scotland

From the old-world appeal to rich new towns, and family day outs to social interests, the Scottish capital of Edinburgh is home to plenty of vacation spots that fulfill the flavor of a wide range of tourists. What’s more, in case you’re arranging an outing to this supernatural city, here’s the list of best places to visit in Edinburgh for everybody.

1. Edinburgh Castle :

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The igneous rock intrusion, famously known as Castle Rock, was formed by volcanic moments millions of years ago. This plug was more repellent to erosion by glaciers at the last glacial maximum in comparison to the surrounding bedrock, leaving the famous defensive site we know today.

The strong castle walls dissolve into the exposed bedrock as if they are one entity. For the settlement of Edinburgh, there has always been a protective monument watching over the town so the rock and defense have always gone hand in hand.

No visit to Edinburgh is complete without an excursion to this historic and awe inspiring building that has shaped Edinburgh to be the capital city it is today.

2. National Museum Of Scotland :

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The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, Scotland, was made in 2006 with the merger of the new Museum of Scotland, with collections relating to Scottish antiquities, culture, and history, and the adjacent Royal Scottish Museum (so renamed in 1904), with collections covering science and technology, natural history, and world cultures.

The galleries in the newer building present Scottish history in an essentially chronological arrangement, beginning at the lowest level with prehistory to the early medieval period, with later periods on the higher levels.

3. Calton Hill:

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Calton Hill rises beyond the east end of Princes Street and carries a rather eccentric collection of buildings and landmarks. Its main attraction is the charming panoramic view, taking in pretty much the whole of Edinburgh from the top. Robert Louis Stevenson said that Calton Hill was the best viewpoint in the city as from it you could see both Edinburgh Castle and Arthur’s Seat.

The views from the top of Calton Hill are charming, they are still better if you climb the 143 spiral stairs to the top of the Nelson Monument, built-in 1807 as a stone imitation of Nelson’s telescope.

The views from the summit of Calton Hill are as stunning as its monuments and in our opinion, Calton Hill is a must visiting both in the day and at night to appreciate the city in all its glory.

4 . Arthur’s Seat

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Arthur’s Seat…a charismatic, green prominence rising up from the endless suburb of Edinburgh, offers one of the most magical views of Edinburgh. It’s a short distance, relatively tough hike to the highest point, but absolutely worth it to look out over this beautiful city from this classic point.

Arthur’s Seat is in Holyrood Park, towards the Royal Mile. This enormous, grass-covered hill is the remains of an extinct volcano that erupted 350 million years ago. Arthur’s Seat is the highest point of this dead volcano.

Although the main reason behind the name is not known, some people claim that there is a link between Edinburgh and King Arthur. Arthur’s Seat may have been the place of legendary Camelot.

It is a charming place. It was probably named after a local hero named Arthur and had little to do with the actual King Arthur.

5. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh:

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The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is probably one of the world’s best Botanic Gardens in the world. Visitors can discover the Garden’s captivating history dating back over 300 years, learn about its plants and trees, and walk around 70 acres of gorgeous scenery. A pleasure for all the family, the Garden offers a fantastic view of Edinburgh’s skyline featuring Edinburgh Castle and is located just a mile from the city center. The Garden is easily accessible from the City Centre, just one mile north of Princes Street. The John Hope Gateway visitor center is accessed via the West Gate, Arboretum Place, and is served by the Majestic Bus Tour from the city center.

6. Camera Obscura:

Perched upon high inside a Victorian rooftop chamber sits the star of the show the Camera Obscura. This nifty device, an age-old periscope, uses a mirror, lenses, and daylight to conjure up the most epic panoramic views of Edinburgh. Seeing it like this in all of its glory is the kind of thing everyone should experience once in a lifetime. The expert and funny guides provide the full works of a show and fascinating flash facts about the city.

Good a time as any for a bout of self-reflection, the mirror maze is as hallucinatory as it is enticing. Imagine a maze containing a myriad of mirrors and the only way out is to enter. With each little flicker and bounce of light comes an optical illusion.

Thrilling and astounding, this Scottish fun house boasts some exceptional holograms. Examine every little detail and learn all you need to know regarding the history of holograms. Some transform, others disappear, many stare.

At Camera Obscura & World of Illusions you can experience and take part in over 100 illusions as well as a breath of fresh air on our magnificent Rooftop Terrace, which offers the most spectacular 360 degree views of Edinburgh. Five floors of interactive hands-on optical illusions, tricks and fun things to do including vortex tunnel, mirror maze and shrinking room. Get involved, play, touch everything. Great fun for all ages and nationalities, whatever the weather. Scotland’s oldest purpose-built attraction, established in 1835. Free Wi-Fi. Bring your camera – lots of photo opportunities throughout. Allow about 2 hours. Please note the attraction is located in a listed 17th Century building over 5 floors without a lift

7. Edinburgh Zoo:

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Located in the heart of this historic Scottish city, Edinburgh Zoo is easily reached by train. There are two train stations nearby, Edinburgh Waverley station and Edinburgh Haymarket station, although both are beyond walking distance.

A day at Edinburgh Zoo is a great day out for all the family. Learn all about the animal kingdom and get up close to hundreds of animals from around the world. There are plenty of fun activities, talks and events that everyone will enjoy.

Why not watch the famous penguin parade and visit the world’s only Knighted penguin, Sir Nils Olav. Or spend your day learning about brilliant birds, mischievous meerkats, super-strong sun bears, and more with daily keeper talks!

Edinburgh Zoo is unlike any other visitor attraction in Scotland. As part of RZSS, one of Scotland’s leading conservation charities, the Park acts as a gateway to our wider work, both here in Scotland and in over 20 countries around the world.

8) Scott Monument :

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Sixty-one meters high, intricate and grand, and beautiful, the monument can be climbed for a beautiful panorama of Edinburgh. The stairway of 287 steps is quite tight and twisty. You can wander around the monument looking for your favorite Scott characters among the statuary and masonry.

The eastern half of Princes Street Gardens is overwhelmed by the massive Gothic spire of the Scott Monument, built by public subscription in memory of novelist Sir Walter Scott after his death in 1832. The exterior is decorated with 64 carvings of characters from his novels; inside you can see an exhibition on Scott’s life, and climb the 287 steps to the top for a superb view of the city.

9. The Royal Mile:

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The Royal Mile is not in fact a street, but the name given to a succession of streets forming a thoroughfare at the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. The thoroughfare is about a mile long and runs between the famed Edinburgh Castle and the Holyrood Palace. The Mile is home to the Courts, St. Giles Cathedral, the City Chambers, John Knox’s house, and also numerous shops and restaurants.

10.  St. Giles Cathedral :

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The historic St Giles’ Cathedral is a beautiful building in this city. Established in about 1124, St Giles’ has been a beacon of worship throughout Edinburgh’s rich and wild past. From a small modest church in the 12 century to a rigorous Renewal Programme in the 20 century, its renamed crown spire, medieval carvings, and beautiful Stained Glass Windows has made it one of the most beautiful churches in all of Edinburgh. You should take a Guided Tour of Thistle Chapel. The Thistle Chapel is home to the Order of the Thistle, an order of Scottish chivalry. Its intricate neo-gothic woodwork and stunning gold-leaf ceiling make it one of Edinburgh’s must-see hidden gems. St Giles’ welcomes over a million visitors each year but is still a place of worship at heart. It would be great if you attend the service.

11 . The Queen’s Gallery and Palace of Holyroodhouse:

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The Queen’s Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse showcases changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection. Upcoming exhibition – Eastern Encounters: Four Centuries of Paintings and Manuscripts from the Indian Subcontinent

At The Queen’s Gallery , visitors can marvel at delicate works of art from the Royal Collection, some of which will be shown in Scotland for the very first time.

Experience the Gallery on its own or with a great value combined ticket to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

After you’ve admired the art, take a browse of the venue’s shop, which features a vast range of gifts inspired by the royal palaces and works of art in the Royal Collection, including kids’ toys, homeware, books and jewellery.

While you’re in Edinburgh, extend your Queen’s Gallery visit and explore the rest of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, which you will need other tickets for. Originally founded as a monastery in 1128, the palace was rebuilt between 1671 and 1679 as an elegant Renaissance palace designed by architect Sir William Bruce. As well as the Queen’s Gallery and Holyrood Palace, whilst you are visiting Edinburgh be sure to visit Edinburgh Castle , the Gatehouse and the Great Hall, all of which are located on the Royal Mile.

12. Princes Street and Gardens:

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This huge green space in the heart of Edinburgh is a real invitation to relax.

Princes Street Gardens, the largest park in central Edinburgh, separates the old town from the new. Divided into several gardens, the 150,000 sqm gardens stand on the exact site of Nor Loch, an ancient lake which, in the Middle Ages, served as the city’s natural defense. Inaugurated in 1820, the Princes Street Gardens were created following the drainage of a vast expanse of water as part of the development of the city towards the North.

The gardens are the home of multiple monuments and statues such as the Floral Clock and Ross Fountain. The fountain is located at the west end of the gardens and provides homage to science, the arts, poetry and industry in the form of four feminine figures. The Floral Clock is one of Edinburgh’s more famous attractions and is redesigned each year to celebrate different events.

During the summer, the gardens are a perfect spot to catch a concert at the Ross Bandstand. The winter brings about the festive atmosphere associated with the Christian Holiday, Christmas. In the weeks prior to the holiday, the Princess Street Gardens resemble a beautiful wonderland that features park rides and the Christmas Market.

13. Museum Of Childhood:

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The Museum of Childhood was the first museum in the world to be dedicated to the history of childhood and it attracts over 200,000 visitors a year. Amongst the displays, you will find toys, games, clothes, books, and dolls, dating from the 1800s to the present day.

There are five galleries to explore throughout which you will find fascinating and rare objects as well as toys you may recognise from your own childhood.

The building you enter houses two large galleries, while the neighbouring building, the other side of South Gray’s Close, has three floors, each given over to a single large gallery. The result is a large museum full of many lifetimes’ worth of childhood memories, in which it is easy to spend as many hours as you have decades to shed. If you want something to do on a rainy day in Edinburgh that is guaranteed to keep all the family happy, look no further.

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14 : Greyfriars Church and Greyfriars Bobby:

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An iconic Edinburgh church known around the world for Greyfriars Bobby, the loyal terrier who guarded his master’s grave for 14 years, will mark its 400th anniversary this year with a series of special events.

Greyfriars Kirk is also famous for its association with the Covenanters, church radicals of the 17th century.

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