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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
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““At the center of Scottish life for more than nine hundred years,Edinburgh Castle was one of the strongest fortresses in the kingdom.It has served as a royal palace arsenal ,gun foundry,state prison,a place of safe-keeping ”
  • 679 locals recommend
Mountain
“Holyrood Park is a short walk from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. It is a 640 acre Royal Park adjacent to Holyrood Palace. The park’s highest point is Arthur's Seat - an ancient volcano, and sits 251m above sea level giving excellent views of the city. With its diverse range of flora and geology it is also a site of Special Scientific Interest. ”
  • 903 locals recommend
Museum
“Scotland’s premier museum of natural and anthropological history is an eye-catching mix of old and new: the main hall, a grand, airy space ringed by balconies across three storeys, dates from 1866, while the more modern sandstone section was opened in 1998. Its contents, too, are wide-ranging: from dinosaur skeletons, Egyptian sarcophagi and Tibetan prayer wheels in the old galleries to artefacts of Scottish history in the new wing”
  • 574 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh is one of the world’s leading Botanic Gardens .Visitor can discover the Garden’s fascinating history dating back 350 years,learn about its planting and walk around 70 acres of beautiful landscape .”
  • 568 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Great art gallery with nice cafe. The Dean Gallery is across the road and there’s an Antony Gormley statue.”
  • 344 locals recommend
Park
“A great park just south of our flat, very popular in the summer when it is warm. There are play parks, quidditch matches, pitch and put and a few bars nearby.”
  • 327 locals recommend
Park
“You can see Calton Hill from the kitchen window. It’s a short steep climb but completely worth it for the amazing views over the city and the added bonus of the Observatory and a fine restaurant (booking advised). ”
  • 280 locals recommend
Park
“Lots of high street shops including M&S, Zara, Frasers, Boots, Superdrug. Also good place to pick up souvenirs at tourist”
  • 211 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“15 minutes away by bus this iconic building is a must for culture vultures! Come face to face with the people who shaped Scotland's past, present and future! Free admission.”
  • 214 locals recommend
Park
“This is a fantastic space right down the road from our flat. (take a left out of the door and walk down the hill past the small roundabout, then up the hill slightly, keep an eye out for a small gate on the left, that will take you down into the gardens) It is a beautiful park in its own right, and also a great shortcut to Princes Street and beyond. It used to be my walk to work in the morning!”
  • 164 locals recommend
Palace
“Official site for the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen in Scotland”
  • 191 locals recommend
Garden
“Nice to go for ice cream in the summertime and if you're brave, to swim as well!”
  • 195 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“A modern gastropub opened by Michelin star restaurant The Kitchin offering menus showcasing Scottish Food. We personally have not been there but have heard amazing things about it!”
  • 197 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Enjoy a visit filled with surprises as you explore over 100 interactive, hands-on illusions. Head up to the rooftop terrace for the best views in Edinburgh over the city, and discover the Victorian Camera Obscura. ”
  • 159 locals recommend
Cemetery
“Calton Hill is one of Edinburgh's main hills, set right in the city centre. It is unmistakable with its Athenian acropolis poking above the skyline. ”
  • 207 locals recommend
Palace
“Official site for the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen in Scotland”
  • 108 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Gastropub
“A modern gastropub opened by Michelin star restaurant The Kitchin offering menus showcasing Scottish Food. We personally have not been there but have heard amazing things about it!”
  • 197 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Incredible seasonal, regional eating experience involving tasting menus and communal dining. They do a pretty mean brunch too! Booking needed”
  • 153 locals recommend
Bakery
“The Manna House, 3 minutes walk from the flat, is a wonderful artisan bakery with an on-site cafe, selling handmade breads, pastries and savoury bakes.”
  • 157 locals recommend
Bar
“Swanky George Street bar, restaurant and tea room. Famous for its opulent interior and full-throttle approach to Christmas decor. ”
  • 145 locals recommend
Pub
“Easy going, relaxed atmosphere with Swedish vibes. Great selection of drinks and cocktails. Open from mid morning till late so you can get all you meals there.”
  • 132 locals recommend
Scottish Restaurant
“Another foodies’ treat,by The Shore.There’s also a lovely bar,if you’d just like a drink.The cocktails are impressive!”
  • 138 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Great food at a great price. Serving up the most delicious Thai food. Casual dining up near the meadows. Always busy so has a fab atmosphere. You can also check out their sister restaurant Ting Sabateur just a couple of doors down the road - serving mainly Vietnamese. ”
  • 142 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Fantastic pizza and you can either go and eat in their lovely restaurant, order it for delivery at home or, if you are at The Joker & The Thief on Leith Walk, order it and have it with your pint of Tennent's (they serve it up on a platter, and provide napkins etc....amazing!). The Vesuvio is my firm favourite!”
  • 118 locals recommend

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