10 Edinburgh Attractions That Will Make Your Visit a Memorable One

The capital city of Scotland is the second most visited place in the United Kingdom after London. It is a stunningly attractive city with a wealth of fantastic attractions to explore. You can immerse yourself in Scottish history, enjoy some of the finest artworks in the world and take in the beauty of the natural surroundings that provide the backdrop for this historic city. There are also mysteries to investigate, royal influences to behold and a rich religious past.

Edinburgh may have a classically beautiful look, but it also has an exciting modern atmosphere and offers a rich mixture of culture. There is a lot to see on your visit so planning is essential and that's where this list comes in. Unlike the festival in the summer or the New Year celebrations in the winter, these places can be enjoyed all year round.

We have woven together a rich tapestry of delights to entertain, amaze and enthral the whole family. From the serenity of the Royal Botanic Gardens to the fascinating displays and exhibitions of the National Museum, or the majesty and wonder of Edinburgh Castle, there's something here to suit everyone.

Each attraction offers something a little bit different and they are all worthy of your attention. They bring together culture, beauty and history that will make your trip linger in the mind long after you bid the city a fond farewell.



The Royal Family used this yacht as a means of transportation to places all over the world. After 968 royal journeys, ownership changed hands. The boat now belongs to and is maintained by The Royal Yacht "Britannia" Trust. Today visitors can...  Read More



Midlothian Snowsports Centre boasts the biggest artificial ski slope in the UK and is the training center for the Scottish Olympians. There are two main slopes, two nursery slopes and a jump slope. They offer courses for adults and children,...  Read More

Our Dynamic Earth


This phenomenal museum celebrates the beauty of the earth via innovative technology. It is situated at the opposite end of the Old Town from the castle, near Holyrood Palace in the shadow of the crags and Arthur's Seat. Interactive exhibits...  Read More

Scotch Whisky Experience


There's a reason that Scotch whisky is world renowned - it's the best! Sampling Scotland's national drink is a must for visitors, so why not do it right and learn about what you are sampling? Funded by several big distillers, this tour teaches...  Read More



If you're feeling adventurous then why not scale the rocky crags on the edge of town to get a closer look at Arthur's Seat? It is a dormant volcano that last erupted more than 300 million years ago. Though interesting by itself, the views from...  Read More



The Scottish Parliament at Holyrood officially opened in 2004. This is where Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) meet to debate Scottish issues. It is open to the public and there are free guided tours available, generally on Mondays,...  Read More



Edinburgh is said to be one of the world's most haunted cities, and there are a number of tours available for those who will risk an encounter with the spirits. Some of the tours can be a little cheesy, with dubious historical accuracy and...  Read More

Royal Botanic Gardens
Photo courtesy of Calum McRoberts


Any plant or flower, rare and common, can be seen and enjoyed at the Royal Botanic Gardens. It was originally developed as a learning conservatory for students, but it has grown to become an example to the world. The rock garden, arboretum, and...  Read More



Edinburgh Castle was a royal residence until the late 16th century and Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI there (he went on to be James I of Britain). The 12th-century, Norman-style St. Margaret's Chapel still stands in its original...  Read More

National Museum of Scotland
Photo courtesy of Simon Hill


The diverse collection at the National Museum of Scotland encompasses the history of Scotland along with exhibitions of international interest. You can learn all about Scotland's past from the age of chivalry through to the industrial revolution...  Read More


Meet Simon Hill

Simon has lived in various corners of Edinburgh over the last 18 years. He fell in love with the city as a small child after visiting the castle and returned to study Scottish History.

After...  More About Simon