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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.

General Entertainment
“There are a lot of tours around Edinburgh's Old town - but this is one I have done and can say I throughly enjoyed it. They do go a bit over the top with ghost stories when they show you the underground homes - so not for anyone who doesn't like dark spaces or spooky stories. They do tour you around the old town and church yards too. But as Edinburgh's History goes - its a good way to get a feel for it.”
169 locals recommend
Bar
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“One of the most well known prestigious places in Edinburgh, famous for their amazing decorations at Christmas time. A stunning bar area. The main restaurant is expensive but the food and service are great. You can also go for afternoon tea in the Georgian Tea Room - a British tradition. ”
159 locals recommend
Park
“Holyrood Park is a royal park in central Edinburgh, Scotland about 1 mile to the east of Edinburgh Castle. It is open to the public. It has an array of hills, lochs, glens, ridges, basalt cliffs, and patches of gorse, providing a remarkably wild piece of highland landscape within its 650-acre area. The park is associated with the royal palace of Holyroodhouse and was formerly a 12th-century royal hunting estate. The park was created in 1541 when James V had the ground "circulit about Arthurs Sett, Salisborie and Duddingston craggis" enclosed by a stone wall.”
135 locals recommend
Palace
“The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse The Queen's official residence in Edinburgh and the home of Scottish royal history. 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. WHAT'S ON The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their wedding day 14 JUNE – 6 OCTOBER 2019 A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex The wedding outfits of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on display in a special exhibition at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Palace shop offers a wide range of exclusive gifts inspired by the royal palaces and the works of art in the Royal Collection. ”
113 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. ”
222 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“With ingredients sourced from their kitchen garden behind the restaurant, and a daily menu, The Gardener’s Cottage is a very special place. Friendly staff, great seasonal food and communal dining. Well worth visiting. ”
220 locals recommend
Bakery
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“The Manna House is the well-known local favourite. This artisan bakery and cafe, sells fresh handmade breads, pastries and savoury bakes, as well as providing some lovely lunches. It's a small cafe so it can be a bit of a squeeze if you decide to sit in. Our recommendation is to grab some freshly made baguettes first thing in the morning.”
204 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Very interesting if you like to see how the royal family travelled and holidaying around the world. It’s a bus journey out of the town centre.”
174 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Yacht was inaugurated by The Queen. Its open for public view. Very nice view of Edinburgh Ocean Terminal and shore. ”
106 locals recommend
Scottish Restaurant
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“Another foodies’ treat,by The Shore.There’s also a lovely bar,if you’d just like a drink.The cocktails are impressive!”
174 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“Always fresh, great tasting food here. There is often queues right out the door, so you have to be willing to wait. ”
162 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Open on a Sunday and a great place to get local produce, have a wonder either before or after brunch (try Hamiltons or Peter's Yard) and then a walk through Inverleith Park finishing in the Botanics. Check out the website here: http://www.stockbridgemarket.com/”
186 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Close to the centre, good for anyone with a natural sciences interest, also has a small soft play. Close to the parliament. ”
127 locals recommend
Pub
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“If you don’t feel like going very far and having a quiet few drinks, or a bite to eat, head round the corner to this shabby chic bar. It has a laid back atmosphere and serves Swedish inspired food! Then you can wander home and roll into bed...”
171 locals recommend
Speakeasy
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“Hidden away behind a barber shop front is one of Edinburgh's "secret" bars. The cocktails here are amazing! They don't just sell your standard cocktails and everything is presented in quirky cups. ”
180 locals recommend
Capitol Building
“Wonderful, recent, modern building, two minutes from the apartment. Free to get in.”
136 locals recommend