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…

  • greyfriars kirkyard entrance gates

    Greyfriars Kirkyard

    26A Candlemaker Row
    EH1 2QE

    0131 225 1900

    You can find this historic gem on the outskirts of Old Town. Greyfriars Kirkyard is a great location to visit if you’re into history, with its graves having links to Harry Potter as well as being home to well-known Scots.

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  • Holyrood Park Edinburgh

    Holyrood Park

    Queen's Drive
    EH8 8HG


    This splendid parkland is the perfect place for families and friends to enjoy hikes and bike rides amidst scenic views. Glens, lochs and cliffs await discovery, as well as a free exhibition.

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  • Inverleith Park Edinburgh
    Image Credits: Kim Traynor - CC BY-SA 3.0

    Inverleith Park

    Inverleith Park
    Arboretum Road
    EH3 5NZ

    0131 529 5050

    The stunning Inverleith Park sits between Edinburgh’s coast and its centre. It’s around 54 acres in size and is home to plenty of activities and events for all ages to enjoy.

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  • Bartender pouring whisky with dry ice

    Johnnie Walker Princes Street

    145 Princes St
    EH2 4BL

    0131 376 9494

    Discover 200 years of one of Scotland’s favourite tipples’ history during a tour of Johnnie Walker Princes Street. A superb destination for whisky enthusiasts, this distillery not only offers tastings and tours, but is home to two fabulous rooftop bars.

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  • Jupiter Artland sculpture park
    Image Credits: Steve Hodgson - CC BY-SA 2.0

    Jupiter Artland

    The Steadings
    Bonnington House
    EH27 8BY


    Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh is an intriguing attraction packed with modern art and show-stopping sculptures. Set within the grounds of the 19th-century Bonnington House, the gallery offers families fantastic tours, events and workshops.

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  • Lauriston Castle Exterior
    Image Credits: Supergolden - CC BY-SA 3.0

    Lauriston Castle

    2 Cramond Rd S
    EH4 6AD

    0131 336 2060

    A history lover’s dream, Lauriston Castle offers visitors tours of its stunning grounds and 16th-century tower house. Families can experience the delights of Mimi’s Bakehouse, the Japanese Gardens, ornate décor and more at this venue!

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  • Spooky underground passage
    Image Credits: Vincent Eisfeld - CC BY-SA 4.0

    Mercat Tours

    28 Blair St
    EH1 1QR

    0131 225 5445

    These spooky tours are ideal for anyone with intrigue about the ghostly past of Edinburgh. Mercat Tours are suitable for anyone over 5 years old, making them a great way to have spooky fun with friends and family!

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  • Museum on the Mound Exterior Front
    Image Credits: Gary Campbell-Hall - CC BY 2.0

    Museum on the Mound

    The Mound
    EH1 1YZ

    0131 243 5464

    Learn the ins and out of money, technology and security on a visit to the Museum on the Mound! A fantastic museum for all ages, you can tour the exhibits six days per week for free.

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  • Eyam Museum

    National Museum of Scotland

    Chambers St
    EH1 1JF

    0300 123 6789

    Spend a day having endless fun whilst learning about the captivating history of Scotland, from dinosaurs to archaeology.

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  • National War Museum exterior

    National War Museum

    EH1 2NG

    0300 123 6789

    Enhance your visit to Edinburgh Castle by touring its adjoining, free-entry National War Museum! Be amazed by the free exhibits depicting over 400 years of Scottish warfare.

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