Attractions in Edinburgh
From the Historic to Contemporary, Informative and Enjoyable, the Capital has it All
Edinburgh is a sightseer’s dream city, full of endless iconic buildings, historic monuments and picturesque open spaces. While there’s no shortage of things to see or do, it means you’ll have to choose carefully what to visit. Our selection of attractions isn’t a bad place to start. The list includes some of the city’s most popular and best-rated attractions.
On one hand, there’s the classic Edinburgh landmarks. Edinburgh Castle is probably the most famous building in Edinburgh, and arguably the whole of Scotland. It’s perched atop the imposing Castle Rock at the very centre of the city and will be most tourists’ first port of call. Keeping with historic pieces of architecture, there’s also the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Hopetoun House, both of which are examples of magnificent mansions. The Palace was once an important royal residence for the Scottish monarchy, and is now the Queen’s official residence when visiting the country.
At the other end of the scale, is the Scottish Parliament Building, an ultra-modern complex built in 2004, which polarises opinions. Other popular attractions include Edinburgh Zoo, with its giant pandas and koalas, and The Scotch Whisky Experience, which is an excellent way to get your first taste of Scotland’s most famous export.
In a city of such historical and cultural significance, this is just a selection of the dozens of major attractions in Edinburgh. From the historic to the alternative, there will be something that catches your eye, then captures your imagination.
Edinburgh International Climbing Arena
Amazing Climbing Centre set in a Disused Quarry
In the nearby town of Ratho, the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena is found within a huge disused quarry. The centre contains dozens of climbing walls, bouldering apparatus and much more.International Climbing Arena
Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Official Scottish Residence of The Queen
With origins dating back to the 12th Century, the Palace of Holyrood House has been the residence of many Kings and Queens through the years. The Palace is now the Queen's official residence in Scotland.Palace of Holyroodhouse
Dominating the Edinburgh Skyline for a Millenium
Standing imposingly atop Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle is an absolute must see for anyone visiting Edinburgh. Complete with prisons of war, ancient crown jewels, magnificent architecture and the famous One O’clock Gun, the castle can easily become a full day trip if you’re not careful.Edinburgh Castle
The Wonders of the Animal Kingdom
The famous zoo, opened in 1909, has become one of Europe’s most popular zoos, and is one of Edinburgh’s most famous attractions. The Penguin Parade, which runs daily, is one of the highlights at the zoo.Edinburgh Zoo
A Modern Parliament Building for the Modern Age
Built in 2004 at a final cost of over £400 million, the Scottish Parliament Building has split public opinion. Take a tour of the building and decide for yourself.Scottish Parliament
The Scotch Whisky Experience
Discover the Legacy of Scotland's Most Famous Export
Discover the history of Scotch Whisky, and learn all about how it's made. From an interactive distillery tour, to a tasting session with a seasoned professional, The Scotch Whisky Experience is a worthwhile attraction for anyone with even a passing interest in whisky.The Scotch Whisky Experience
17th Century Grandeur on the Banks of the Forth
Open to the public during the summer months, Hopetoun House is an elegant mansion that dates back to the late 17th century. It also has 150 acres of manicured lawns to explore.Hopetoun House