Edinburgh Tourist Traps

  • Stop before the Great Door
    Stop before the Great Door
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  • Art Deco of the Door
    Art Deco of the Door
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    this is an example of what we missed
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Most Viewed Tourist Traps in Edinburgh

  • 1. Tours Etc.

    There are many walks that claim to show you 'Underground Edinburgh,' but only one shows you the part of the city that was buried many years ago: Mary King's Close. Other tours will dub themselves as...

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  • 2. Royal Mile

    Unless you want something typical Scottish to eat and pay for it don't eat at the restaurants on the Royal Mile. They are very expensive and if you never had any Scottish food before and are not sure,...

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  • 3. Shopping

    Like any capital city there are plenty of traps to allure the eager tourist. Watch out for the overpriced shortbread biscuits, tartan everything (can you find YOUR clan?) and plenty of whiskey themed...

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  • 4. Holyrood

    You can register your ticket to gain unlimited entry for one year but stop and look at the small print before shelling out for tickets to both the Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Queen's Gallery (both...

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  • 5. Miscellaneous

    only use black hackney cabs the proper taxis the same ones you see in london dont use the "private hire cars" i stress the word cars as they are not taxis, although they are liscenced by the council...

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  • 6. Scott Monument

    This is not the best view point for Edinburgh although its not bad. Its a hell of a dizzying climb up very narrow stairs for a few minutes of viewing not really worth in my opinion. Check out Black...

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  • 7. Surroundings

    The Royal Yacht Britanna at Ocean Terminal (A shopping mall & cinema) is over priced but it does give you a chance to see how the Royals lived and the poor bloody marines who went with them. Around...

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  • 8. Edinburgh Castle

    You might say that the castle is one big tourist trap and you will be right. A lot of visitors , noise and you cant see anything you want , problems to take photos but still this is one amazing...

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  • 9. Art & Culture

    This is kind of a "museum", where the visitors are told about how our planet was created and how it was developing. However, no real things of the past centuries are exhibited. "Our Dynamic Earth" is...

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  • 10. Many Miles From Edinburgh...

    If you like the views of an oil refinery then this place is great. It's an absolute dump - the only thing that can be said about it is that the car parking is free! How the NT have got the nerve to...

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  • 11. Greyfriar's

    The statue of a dog who stood by his master's grave for years. It's cute, I have to admit, but not worth a special trip. Although if you're on your way from the castle to the National Museum, you may...

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  • 12. Festival, Tattoo, Hogmanay, Etc.

    Now I suppose theatre goers and culture vultures will not agree with me but I'd advise you to avoid Edinburgh during the 'festival' period (August). It's NOT typical then... crammed full of people...

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  • 13. Nightlife

    Edinburgh is quite expensive when compared to the rest of Scotland. In fact, I think the prices are just about the same as London, so watch your money. E.g. a pint of lager will easily cost you £2.50...

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  • 14. Dangers

    I don't think I could define a single tourist trap in Edinburgh. The whole old town is one heaving mess of tourists, especially during the festival. This is when locals leave town and are replaced...

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  • 15. Accommodation

    We were a group of 10 Hens on a weekend away 6-8 April 2007, and we stayed in Castle Apartments on Bank st. We had the shock of our lives when we saw the stairs up to the apartment, five stories high...

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  • 16. Honours of Scotland

    Unless you are Scottish or have an interest in Scottish history, you may find that seeing the Honours of Scotland (i.e. the Scottish Crown Jewels) is going to...

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  • 17. Store bags at bus station, not at Waverly

    It's not exactly a tourist trap, but with a little knowledge, both tourists and local travelers alike can save money by avoid the high cost of baggage storage...

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  • 18. Dynamic earth

    This museum shows the creation of earth , animals , ice , lava.I thought it will be much more interesting - spend your money and time on something else...very...

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  • 19. Money, Money, Money

    In Scotland we have our own notes, these are legal tender up here, but sometimes in England they are not accepted, so if you are travelling home or to...

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  • 20. A GHOST OF A CHANCE

    If you believe everything you read and hear then you may well assume that all Edinburghs buildings are hauntedwether you are a sceptic or a believer you must...

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  • 21. Bussing About

    Buses are fantastic in Edinburgh, ther are really thet only form of PT to get around the city. However, always to remeber to have the correct change before...

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  • 22. Scottish Crown Jewels

    The first time i was at the castle, as a stop on a bus tour, we only had a short time to look around after the walking tour. I thought i would go through the...

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  • 23. Scottish Parliment

    I wouldn't call it a tourist trap, but the new Scottish Parliment is perhaps one of the ugliest and most expensive buildings in the world. Supposedly to be...

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  • 24. Whisky Heritage Center

    Some people believe it is "a must" to visit the Whisky Heritage Center, but since I'm not that fond of wax figures, I would suggest that you shouldn't waste...

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