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Best things to do in Edinburgh

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Gift Shop
“Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland from its position on the Castle Rock.”
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Museum
“The National Museum of Scotland contains collections relating to Scottish antiquities, culture and history, and the adjacent Royal Museum, with collections covering science and technology, natural history, and world cultures.”
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Mountain
“Arthur's Seat is an extinct volcano which is considered the main peak of the group of hills in Edinburgh, Scotland, which form most of Holyrood Park.”
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Botanical Garden
“A beautiful botanic garden on the Leith side of the city - you can catch the number 7 or 14 from the bottom of Leith walk. Just lovely for a walk and relaxing. Dogs aren't allowed in though”
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Art Gallery
“Ten minutes walk from our AirBnB - Home to Scotland’s outstanding collection of modern and contemporary art.”
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Park
“One of Edinburgh's most popular parks, and often a hub of activity! On a sunny day, you'll bump into a plethora of locals out enjoying the weather. Come down with a picnic and savour the atmosphere (you'll also get lovely views of Arthur's Seat!) ”
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Park
“Lots of high street shops including M&S, Zara, Frasers, Boots, Superdrug. Also good place to pick up souvenirs at tourist”
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Park
“Lots to explore - and paths up to the Old Town. Ross Fountain recently been restored. Reasonable park for young kids at the far west end.”
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Park
“Traditionally a place of recreation for Edinburgh residents, Calton Hill, with its numerous monuments and buildings is popular as a spectacular viewpoint over the city.”
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Palace
“Great new (2019) audio guide around the Queen's official residence in Scotland. Highly recommend a visit while in Edinburgh. Nice Restaurant / Cafe too with lovely outside seating. Don't need to pay to visit Cafe / Shop!”
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Science Museum
“If you love to explore different views of camera and mirrors you must visit to Obscura. Its a part of castle been converted into camera obscura for travellers attraction. ”
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Art Gallery
“Another great free gallery. The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is one of Edinburgh’s most remarkable buildings – a great red sandstone neo-gothic palace which sits proudly on the city’s skyline. The Gallery was designed by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson as a shrine for Scotland’s heroes and heroines. It opened to the public in 1889 as the world’s first purpose-built portrait gallery. An elaborate decorative scheme, both inside and out, with its glittering friezes, evocative murals and extensive sculptural embellishment, make it a very special experience.”
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Garden
“You can walk here from the flat and join the beach at the Leith end. A long sandy beach - great for a sunny day or to walk you dog”
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Shopping Mall
“Just across the road there is a big shopping centre Ocean terminal which offers fantastic shopping opportunities, including retail shops such as Debenhams, H&M, Gap, Superdry, M&S food and many others. A good choice or restaurants, bars, cinema VUE and entrance to the famous 5* visitor attraction Royal Yacht Britannia.”
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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. ”
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General Entertainment
“Journey Back In Time Imagine a warren of streets frozen in time, where centuries of stories are just waiting to be told. Discover authentic truths about Edinburgh's dark past, and find out what it was really like for the people who lived, worked, and died on the Close.”
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