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Edinburgh

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Athens of the North
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere. Watched over by its iconic symbol, the Edinburgh Castle, this city manages to seamlessly blend medieval relics, Georgian grandeur, and modern living. In this town, medieval palaces stand right next to modern buildings, and Gothic churches rub shoulders with awe-inspiring contemporary museums and galleries. Scotland’s pulsing nightlife center, the city is often called the Athens of the North. Edinburgh’s world-famous cultural festivals are just a small part of its extensive special-events program. Often cited as the UK’s most desirable city to live in, Edinburgh is not only a city of explosive energy and crowded pubs, but it is also a center of high culture, fine art, and cutting-edge science. Make Edinburgh central to your United Kingdom travel plans using our United Kingdom trip site.
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Popular things to do in Edinburgh

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Castle
Edinburgh Castle
4.4
Duration: 3 hours
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Landmark
The Royal Mile
4.5
Duration: 3 hours
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Specialty Museum
Royal Yacht Britannia
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Natural History Museum
National Museum of Scotland
4.7
Duration: 3 hours

Historic Sites in Edinburgh

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Historic Site
The Real Mary King's Close
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
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Castle
Palace of Holyroodhouse
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
St Giles' Cathedral
4.5
Duration: 1 hour
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Historic Site
Georgian House
4.5
Duration: 1 hour

Side trips from Edinburgh

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Art Museum
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Glasgow
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
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Auto Race Track
Glasgow Tigers Speedway Glasgow
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel Glasgow
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Fun & Games
Don Coyote Outdoor Centre Lamancha
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Edinburgh

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Photography Tour
Photography Tours
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Duration: 2 hours
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Distillery
Edinburgh Gin Distillery
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Distillery
Pickering's Gin Distillery
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Monument
Scott Monument
4.5
Duration: 1 hour

Museums in Edinburgh

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Art Museum
Scottish National Gallery
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Art Gallery
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Art Museum
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
St Cecilia's Hall & Music Museum
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Edinburgh

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Department Store
Jenners
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Duration: 1 hour
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Celtic Craft Centre
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Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Allium South Queensferry
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Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Jeffrey st. Whisky and Tobacco
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Nightlife
ScotBeer Tours
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Geologic Formation
Arthur's Seat
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Walking tour
Walking tours
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Observation Deck
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Where to stay in Edinburgh

Edinburgh hides a maze of cobbled streets dotted with boutique hotels offering inexpensive rooms and outstanding restaurants. Many of the city's Gothic buildings house chic hotels with easy access to most of the city’s main tourist sites. For a uniquely Scottish experience, consider staying in the famous old town. Despite being in this historical district, many hotels here feature contemporary decor with lots of glass walls and muted color schemes. They’re also known for offering spacious rooms, comfortable beds, and restaurants serving classic European cuisine, with a modern Scottish twist.
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