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Things to do in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle , Edinburgh
A major monument of Scottish heritage and one of the world's most striking fortresses, Edinburgh Castle dominates the city's skyline. Sitting
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Geologic Formation
Arthur's Seat , Edinburgh
For the easiest possible access to rugged Scottish landscapes from Edinburgh, head to Arthur's Seat. This 250.5 m (822 ft) promontory sits ju
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The Royal Mile , Edinburgh
The Royal Mile is the main thoroughfare in Edinburgh's Old Town. Actually a bit longer than 1 mi (1.6 km), this succession of multiple street
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Duration: 2 hours
See Edinburgh’s shady side. The gruesome and the glorious. The ghostly and the ghastly. This 2-hour tour is a wickedly entertaining walk on the wild and dark side of the Scottish capital. Explore the spots where murders, monsters and mayhem have become things of legend, and visit Old Calton Burial Ground or Canongate Kirkyard, two of Edinburgh’s most chilling cemeteries. Throughout the tour, hear real-life tales of witches, body-snatchers, vampires, cannibals and more from your entertaining guide.
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Royal Yacht Britannia , Edinburgh
Aboard Royal Yacht Britannia, see how the royals lived while on the water. Originally launched in 1953 and decommissioned in 1997, this luxur
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Natural History Museum
National Museum of Scotland combines one museum on Scottish antiquities, culture, and history and another on technology, natural history, and
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Recommended Edinburgh tours

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Castles · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
While you'll find many fun things to do in Edinburgh, few cultural activities come close to tours of the city's famed castle, where you can see the legendary Stone of Destiny. Those looking to enjoy a sip of Scotland's famous whisky can tour The Scotch Whisky Experience, a replica distillery. Just outside the city, you can join a range of guided tours designed for casual sightseers, as well as activities catering to adrenaline-seeking tourists exploring Scotland.

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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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