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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.

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“https://www.edinburghcastle.scot One of the most exciting historic sites in Western Europe. Set in the heart of Scotland's dynamic capital city it is sure to capture your imagination. The scenery will take your breath away. ”
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Museum
“https://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland/ Always something interesting to see. Check the website for any special exhibitions that may interest you.”
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Mountain
“Great for a bit of fresh air and fantastic views over Edinburgh and beyond.”
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Botanical Garden
“https://www.rbge.org.uk/visit/royal-botanic-garden-edinburgh/ Free entry if you just want to stroll in the amazing gardens ”
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Art Gallery
“https://www.nationalgalleries.org/visit/scottish-national-gallery-modern-art Modern and contemporary art spread across two unique venues in a beautiful sculpture park. ”
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Park
“Just a lovely greenspace in the heart of the city, popular with families and students. Watch out for the cycle paths - bikes and skateboarders move pretty quick. There's a great kids play park down to the far left past the tennis courts. PLenty of space to walk the dogs - there's spare poop bags in the flat if you forget yours :-) ”
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Palace
“https://www.rct.uk/visit/palace-of-holyroodhouse Open throughout the year, the Palace of Holyroodhouse stands at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Explore the Palace's close associations with some of Scotland’s most well-known historic figures such as Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie, and learn how today it is used by The Queen when carrying out official engagements in Scotland. ”
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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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Science Museum
“https://www.camera-obscura.co.uk/ The oldest visitor attraction in Edinburgh, delighting visitors since 1853. An Aladdin's cave filled with illusions, tricks, puzzles, hands-on experiences, unbelievable effects and the best rooftop city views. Go on a bright day for the Camera Obscura ”
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Gastropub
$$$
“Traditional Scottish food (Michelin star) 2 minutes walk from the property. Booking recommended. ”
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Park
“Princes Street Gardens is a public park in the centre of Edinburgh, in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. The Gardens were created in two phases in the 1770s and 1820s following the long draining of the Nor Loch and building of the New Town, beginning in the 1760s ”
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Cemetery
“Calton Hill is one of Edinburgh's main hills, set right in the city centre. It is unmistakable with its Athenian acropolis poking above the skyline. ”
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Park
“The hill itself has amazing views over the city and is home to the Collective contemporary art gallery and the unfinished National Monument. A great short uphill walk to escape the busy city. ”
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Bar
$$$
“If you're looking for something a bit more upmarket, this place won't disappoint! Great surroundings, great cocktails. ”
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Garden
“https://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/portobello-beach-p730811 Edinburgh’s Seaside (we recommend The Golden Bite for fish and chips). Cycle there, or take the 26 or 45 bus from Wishaw Terrace on London Road. ”
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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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