Edinburgh Things to Do

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    Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh
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  • 1. Arthur's Seat

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Arthur's Seat is the main peak of the group of hills which form most of Holyrood Park. The hill itself rises above the city to a height of 250m. It provides excellent panoramic views of the city....

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  • 2. Castle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    When I said (in my Intro page) that I would come back, it could be for the tattoo. The castle impressed me a lot, but as an appreciator of folk arts and dance, I think that the tattoo that happens...

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  • 3. Royal Mile

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The World's End? OK, Edinburgh does border the sea, but the World's End? This tip is actually about some golden colored bricks on High Street. Edinburgh was a walled city in the 1500's in order to...

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  • 4. Holyrood

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Holyrood Palace as well-known is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. I saw it only from outside at the bottom of the Royal Mile in at the opposite end to Edinburgh Castle.

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  • 5. Calton Hill

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This isn't exactly a hike, but it is a very nice walk up the hill and there are plenty of monuments to see, as well as great views of Edinburgh on one side, the Firth of Forth on another, and the...

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  • 6. Scott Monument

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The cultural reference to Scotland, Walter Scott, couldn't pass without a significant monument in the capital. Soon after his death, in 1832, the movement began, and in 1844 was finished this...

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  • 7. Tours

    It was a spur of the moment thing - but we booked a tour with this company. We took the Loch Ness, Glen Coe and the Highlands tour - we left at 0800 and arrived back in the city at about 1940. It was...

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  • 8. Military Tattoo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I decided to return to Edinburgh for a few days prior to a driving trip that we will be taking throughout England and Wales, since the trip is for my birthday in August, I booked the trip before...

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  • 9. Greyfriars

    We took the opportunity to visit the Kirk and the cemetery - it was late in the afternoon and it was warm and quite peaceful. Famous for the story of Greyfriars Bobby, the little dog who stood guard...

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  • 10. Old Town

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Old Town is the name given to the oldest part of Edinburgh. Together with Calton Hill it is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. When walking around the Old Town I was able to see and admire...

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  • 11. Princes Street

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    With a Scotsman to the door we are received by the impressive "station hotel," one of the most famous of Edinburgh The exterior is notable for its architecture and its tower, that is seen from "all"...

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  • 12. St Giles Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    St Giles' Cathedral or the High Kirk of Edinburgh is the main Church of Scotland. Its distinctive crown steeple is unique and famous. The Cathedral located on the way down the Royal Mile and was...

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  • 13. Royal Yacht Britannia

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    It was not the first visit to Ocean terminal, however it was the fist visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia. The interesting thing that the visit does is to confirm the class divide as a tour of the...

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  • 14. National Museum and Gallery of Scotland

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    All of what you wanted to know about Scottish painting and Scots artists. The cornerstone was laid by Prince Albert - for more about all the collections see their web site! The Gallery has a fine...

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  • 15. Eating and Drinking

    Next to the entrance to the castle, this centre is an attraction well conceived and planned to please adults and children. The tour is simple but pleasant, the tasting demonstrations are quick but...

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  • 16. Rosslyn Chapel

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Immortalised by the Da Vinci Code. Dates back to 1400 something. Well, I moved to Edinburgh in 1956, have been "in and around" ever since, and it took me until 2010 to get to the chapel. Nearest I'd...

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  • 17. Festivals

    It's "The Fringe" because to begin with it was on the fringes of the "official" International Festival. Now it seems to be bigger than the official version. Venues are all over the city, and free...

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  • 18. Men In Kilts

    It's easy to find men dressed with kilt.It's the tradition of scottish people so there is nothing strange in it.Just for us that we have different traditions it seems a little strange,but believe me...

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  • 19. Zoo

    4 out of 5 stars

    Edinburgh Zoo is an 82 acre Zoological park located several miles west of the city.The land lies on the 'Cortorphine Hill' with extensive and stunning view of the city.Built in 1913 and owned by the...

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  • 20. Camera Obscura

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Camera Obscura on the Royal Mile near Edinburgh Castle sits high above Edinburgh in an Outlook Tower originally forming part of Short's Observatory - a 17th century building. Paying at the...

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  • 21. John Knox's House

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    John Knoxx was a protestant reformator in the 16th century. This is the house where he lived. The house was built in 1490 by the goldsmith of Mary Queen of Scots. Nowadays you will find the Scottish

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  • 22. Botanical Gardens

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    It is always nice to visit the botanic gardens, but in the case of Edinburgh, it is especially advisable. I recommend a guided tour. An expert will explain the hidden treasures of the garden and many...

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  • 23. Scottish Parliament Building

    4 out of 5 stars

    In 2004, after a gap of 297 years during which the British Parliament governed Scotland, Scotland had once again its own parliament. It is now housed at the foot of the Royal Mile close to the...

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  • 24. New Town

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The name of New Town may lead to a mistake since we are talking about an expansion that was made in the city on the XVIII century Moving away from the urbanistic chaos of the Old town, which was a...

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  • 25. Dungeon

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Edinburgh Dungeons is a good way to spend part of the day particularly if its a rainny day(rain in Scotland who would think lol). The dungeons are underground and are supposed to tell the story of...

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