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Best things to do in Edinburgh

Gift Shop
“You can't come to Edinburgh and not visit the castle! If you aren't into history and don't fancy paying to go inside, its free to visit the esplanade. A great place to get a photo with the castle in the background. ”
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Museum
“There is something for everyone here. You could easily spend the whole day walking through all the different exhibits. My favorite from a young age has always been the wildlife and natural history section. Added bonus, its free entry. ”
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Mountain
“Beautiful for hiking and running. Lots of routes to choose from. Amazing city and ocean views from the top!”
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Botanical Garden
“These gardens are free to walk around. The only paid part are the glass houses. Lovely to wander especially on a sunny day. ”
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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
“Wonderful view from the top, and it‘s a lovely walk. There is also a nice restaurant on top.”
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Park
“Princes Street gardens runs along Edinburgh's main shopping street. If the weather is nice, its a great place to sit and watch the world go by. ”
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Palace
“Just a short walk away from Abbeyhill is the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen's official residence in Edinburgh. If you are lucky she (or other members of the Royal Family) might be visiting at the same time as you are. If not, don't worry, you will get to see to see the beautiful Gardens, the Palace, the Abbey ruins (from which Abbeyhill gets its name) and the Queen's Gallery. And if you still have energy, you can pop across the road and see the Scottish Parliament building.”
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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
“The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is a beautiful red sandstone building on Queen Street housing regular exhibitions and events.”
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Garden
“A walk along the promenade, perhaps a quick dip, a shot on the arcades, and coffee and cake at Miro’s cafe! ”
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Theater
“Edinburgh Playhouse is a former cinema in Edinburgh, Scotland which now hosts touring musicals and music concerts. Its capacity is 3,059, making it the UK's largest working non-sporting theatre in terms of audience capacity. The theatre opened in 1929 as a super-cinema, and was modelled on the Roxy Cinema in New York. It is used as a venue for both the Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe each August”
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Shopping Mall
“Not the greatest for shopping - but Vue Cinema here is amazing and good value for money. ”
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Gastropub
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“Tom Kitchin’s superb gourmet pub. Excellent food, wine and service. A real favourite”
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