Things to do in Edinburgh

Things to do in Edinburgh

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Discover the best attractions and things to do in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a city steeped in history, culture, and beauty. With its stunning architecture, bustling streets, and breathtaking landscapes, Edinburgh is a city that truly has something for everyone. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or an adventurer, there are countless things to do in Edinburgh.

Things to do in Edinburgh

For those who love history, there are few cities in the world that can compare to Edinburgh. From the iconic Edinburgh Castle to the Royal Mile, the city is filled with historic landmarks and attractions.

Edinburgh Castle is one of the most iconic landmarks in Scotland and is a must-visit for anyone coming to the city. The castle in Edinburgh is perched on top of a hill, giving visitors stunning views of the city below. Inside, you’ll find exhibits on Scottish history and culture, including the crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny. Make sure to catch the daily firing of the one o’clock gun.

If you’re looking for something a little more off the beaten path, there are a number of fascinating museums in Edinburgh to explore. The National Museum of Scotland is a must-see, with its collection of art, design, fashion, and natural history exhibits. The Scottish National Gallery is another popular destination, featuring works by some of the world’s greatest artists, including Botticelli, Van Gogh, and Monet.

For things to do in Edinburgh with kids, visit the Edinburgh Dungeon. The dungeon is a live-action experience that takes visitors on a journey through Scotland’s past, from the dark days of the plague to the notorious Burke and Hare. While the romantics will find plenty of things to do in Edinburgh for couples, such as strolling through the picturesque streets of the Old Town or exploring the Royal Botanic Garden hand in hand.

One of the best free things to do in Edinburgh is visit Arthur’s Seat, which is an extinct volcano that is situated in the heart of the city. It offers some of the best views of the city and is a popular spot for walkers and hikers. The walk to the top is free, and visitors can take their time to enjoy the stunning views.

A cool thing to do in Edinburgh is to attend one of the city’s many festivals. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which takes place every August, is the largest arts festival in the world, featuring thousands of performances across the city.

Discover the best things to do in Edinburgh below…

  • Mother and Son at aquarium

    Deep Sea World

    Battery Quay
    Forthside Terrace
    North Queensferry
    KY11 1JR

    01383 411880

    This aquarium is an educational yet captivating day out for all the family. Offering accessible facilities, exciting experiences and 12 exhibits; visiting Deep Sea World is a must.

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  • Dynamic Earth Edinburgh
    Image Credits: John Mason - CC BY 2.0

    Dynamic Earth

    Holyrood Road
    EH8 8AS


    Dynamic Earth is a non-profit science hub and attraction sitting on the outskirts of Holyrood Park. This intriguing place is Scotland’s biggest interactive attraction, making for a great family day out!

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  • Edinburgh Castle

    Edinburgh Castle

    EH1 2NG

    0131 225 9846

    Sat atop of Castle Rock, overlooking the skyline of the historic city of Edinburgh is Edinburgh Castle, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an iconic Scottish attraction, the site of which dates back to at least the Iron Age.

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  • Bartender serving gin

    Edinburgh Gin Distillery

    1A Rutland St
    EH1 2AD

    0131 656 2810

    This unique attraction can be found along Princes Street, in the middle of Edinburgh. Ideal for groups of adults with an interest in all things gin, the gin distillery in Edinburgh is home to intriguing tours, gin-making and tasting!

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  • Penguins in Edinburgh Zoo

    Edinburgh Zoo

    Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
    134 Corstorphine Rd
    EH12 6TS

    01313 349171

    One for the animal lovers, Edinburgh Zoo comprises an 82-acre area packed with animals and experiences. During your visit, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to view a variety of animals, from penguins to koalas.

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  • the forth bridge edinburgh

    Forth Bridge

    United Kingdom

    The Forth Bridge, Edinburgh, is the second-longest cantilever railway bridge in the world, standing at 2,467 metres long. The bridge connects Edinburgh to Aberdeen and is an impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site!

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  • Fruitmarket Gallery

    45 Market St
    EH1 1DF

    0131 225 2383

    Open since 1974, Fruitmarket Gallery is a free art gallery that features fascinating, rotating exhibitions. The space welcomes all ages, with a range of Scottish and international works available.

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  • Gladstones Land Golden Gled

    Gladstone’s Land

    477B Lawnmarket
    EH1 2NT

    0131 226 5856

    Gladstone’s Land is over 500 years old and is a gem of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile! Bring the family along for a specialist tour and a visit to the property’s ice cream parlour.

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  • Grassmarket Edinburgh Shopfronts

    Grassmarket, Edinburgh

    EH1 2HY

    This iconic marketplace of Grassmarket, Edinburgh, is nestled amongst the city’s Old Town and is steeped in history. With a selection of shops and eateries available, the area is perfect for those looking to immerse themselves in Edinburgh’s culture.

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  • Greyfriars Bobby Statue Edinburgh
    Image Credits: Sumit Surai - CC BY-SA 4.0

    Greyfriars Bobby

    Nr Greyfriars Kirkyard
    EH1 2QQ

    Nestled on the edge of Greyfriars Kirkyard, near Candlemaker Row, is this adorable monument of Greyfriars Bobby. This Skye Terrier statue attracts a wealth of visitors with its story of loyalty and companionship.

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