We all know that feeling… you have arrived in a city and see it sprawling gorgeously in front of you and you don’t know where to begin!
This is never more true of a city like Edinburgh that has so many attractions, places to visit and things to see.. we have put together (in no particular order) a list of our top things not to miss:
#1 Edinburgh Castle
You could have probably guessed this one yourself!
Standing at the top of the Royal mile on top of Castle Rock, this is home to Scotland’s crown jewels including the Stone of Destiny, formerly used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. Guided walks are available if you can get there for around 1pm to watch the gun firing. To find out more visit here. Attraction #10 out of 295 things to do in Edinburgh (tripadvisor)
#2 Arthur’s Seat
This can be a bit of a trek but we are yet to hear of anyone saying that the climb wasn’t worth it! After all, it’s not every day you can climb an extinct volcano in the 640 acre Royal Holyrood Park and see wide panoramic views of the city all the way to the sea.Read more here.
Next up is another favourite, particularly with families:
#3 Edinburgh Zoo It’s panda-monium out at Edinburgh Zoo, just a 25 minute (max) bus ride from the city centre. The extensive animal collections and landscaped areas make Edinburgh Zoo a top pick for everyone.
#4 National Galleries of Scotland National gallery including works by Rembrandt, Monet and Raphael, Portrait Gallery with over 3000 portraits, and the gallery of Modern Art showcasing contemporary paintings and sculpture.Visit Scotland’s National Galleries.
#5 The Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Pretty straightforward – take the tour and have a right royal time. Visit Holyroodhouse!
#6 Royal Yacht Britannia Less than 30 minutes by bus and you’re at Ocean Terminal & Leith, permanent home of The Royal Yacht which sailed over1 million miles in its day. Ocean Terminal also offers a state-of-the-art retail and leisure complex. See Royal Yacht Britannia.
The Royal Yacht Britannia is #2 of 295 things to do in Edinburgh on TripAdvisor and is a 2015 Travellers’ Choice Winner 2015!
The National Museum of Scotland is #5 of 2985 things to do in Edinburgh (Trip Advisor).
#8 The Scott Monument Located right next to Princess Street Gardens and built in the 19th century as a monument to Scottish novelist Sir Walter Scott. Puff your way up the 287 steps to the top for breath-taking views of the city. For more visit The Scott Monument. This attraction comes in at #37 of 295 things to do in Edinburgh.
#9 Scottish Parliament Take a tour to discover the buildings making up Scotland’s parliament which sits at the foot of the Royal Mile in front of the spectacular Holyroodpark and Salisbury Craggs.
#10 Shopping Princess Street and George Street for big name department stores and high street brands…whilst the Grassmarket, Victoria Street and the Cowgate buzz with designers, artisans and independent shops of all kinds.
#11 The Real Mary King’s Close Tucked away just off the Royal Mile this warren of concealed streets remains frozen in time since the 17th Century. People who lived during these tough and often grisly historical events tell harrowing tales of murder, plague victims and what it was really like to be a part of society back then. This is a must see fun yet factual social history tour hiding right in the heart of the city.
This attraction is #29 of 295 things to do in Edinburgh on TripAdvisor …more details here.