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Essential Edinburgh Sights

Top 20 Attractions in Edinburgh

Discover the 20 essential attractions in Edinburgh, from the National Museum of Scotland to the iconic Edinburgh Castle, the Top 20 tourist attractions in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Old Town
Your trip to Edinburgh isn’t complete until you pay a visit to the most iconic landmark in the city, Edinburgh Castle, the Guardian of Scotland.
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Royal Mile

Royal Mile

Old Town
The Royal Mile is the city’s most famous street, running through the centre of the Old Town from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace.
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Holyrood

Holyrood Palace

Old Town
The Palace of Holyroodhouse is one of the The Royal Family’s Official Residences in Scotland, where you can see many beautiful royal rooms.
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Dean Village

Dean Village

West End
Take a break visiting the beautiful Dean Village, explore the Water of Leith walkway, take some pictures and enjoy realaxing at this peaceful location.
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Royal Yacht Britannia

Royal Yacht Britannia

Leith
You can explore one of Edinburgh’s most unique and interesting attractions: the Royal Yacht Britannia, the beautiful vessel once belonged to Queen Elizabeth II.
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St Giles Cathedral

St Giles Cathedral

Old Town
The impressive High Kirk of Edinburgh is a beautiful church building on the Royal Mile, which has played a key role in the religious history of Scotland.
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Holyrood park

Holyrood Park

Old Town
Everybody can enjoy Holyrood Park as there are pathways and routes to suit everyone and should definitely be on your to-do list when visiting Edinburgh!
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Princes Street Gardens

Princes Street Gardens

New Town
The Edinburgh's park that lies nestled between the Old and New Towns is Princes Street Gardens, where you should definitely stop by to roam its grounds.
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Botanic Garden

Botanic Garden

Stockbridge
The Royal Botanic Gardens is a centre conservation, where you can learn about the plants grown there, and see climate zones from around the world.
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Calton Hill

Calton Hill

New Town
Calton Hill is an easy climb where you can see some of the best views of Edinburgh, discover the monuments built there, or just relax for a while.
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National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland

Old Town
You won’t be lacking in options if you want to visit museums in Edinburgh, but the biggest and most diverse, is the National Museum of Scotland.
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Scottish National Gallery

Scottish National Gallery

New Town
The Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh houses art from the Renaissance to the 20th century, and is now the largest fine art collection in Scotland.
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Museum of Edinburgh

Museum of Edinburgh

Old Town
If you really want to learn about the history of the city itself, then the Museum of Edinburgh should be your destination on The Royal Mile.
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Writers Museum

Writers Museum

Old Town
If you’re a literature lover, then Edinburgh is the perfect city for you to visit. It’s the world first UNESCO City of Literature and the Writers Museum a must-do.
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Greyfriars Kirk

Greyfriars

Old Town
Greyfriars Kirk is one of the most famous churches in Edinburgh where JK Rowling found inspiration and you'll find the famous Greyfriars Bobby.
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Canongate

Canongate

Old Town
If you’ve already seen St Giles’, you will notice that Canongate is designed in a very different style, much simpler and more austere, tipically Presbyterian.
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Old Town of Edinburgh

Old Town

You will be fascinated by the unique architecture and the hidden corners to discover, as you almost feel like you're stepping back in time.
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New Town of Edinburgh

New Town

You will see examples of Neoclassical architecture around the New Town, inspired by the city's nickname at the time, the Athens of the North.
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Leith in Edinburgh

Leith

The neighborhood of Leith, northeast of Edinburgh, with its casual atmosphere, is where you'll find most of the young people of the city.
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Stockbridge in Edinburgh

Stockbridge

To the north of the New Town you should visit the neighborhood of Stockbridge with the appearance of a small town, the bohemian part of Edinburgh.
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