Sightseeing in Edinburgh
Edinburgh Castle is one of the most prominent sights in Edinburgh, located on the top of a hill overlooking the city. The castle has been developed since the 13th century and is open to the public to take tours and learn about the castle's colourful, medieval history.
Alternatively, a thoroughly modern building that is well worth a visit is the Scottish Parliament Building. Opened in 2004 the building is the epitome of contemporary architecture and one of the most innovative designs in Britain. You can even take a tour of the fantastic building whilst learning about Scottish politics.
The Palace of Holyroodhouse was and still is a royal residence. Founded in the 12th century, the palace has an intriguing history including its former status as an abbey, the remains of which can still be seen. The palace is open to the public to take tours as long as the Queen isn't in town.
Edinburgh is home to many museums and art galleries including The Museum of Scotland and the Royal Museum, which house exhibitions on the history of Scotland's land, people and culture from art and culture to nature and science. The National Gallery houses many European paintings and sculptures from Renaissance to post-imperialist art.
The Rosslyn Chapel is a 15th century church with beautiful stone carvings and a very interesting history. The church featured in the famous novel and film The Da Vinci Code and has links with the Knights Templar which you can find out more about by taking a guided tour.
For some natural beauty you can take a relaxing and inspiring tour around Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens featuring a vast range of colourful and exotic plants. Take the popular walk to the top of Arthur's Seat, the peak of Holyrood Park, for the best panoramic views of the city below.
Fun Seekers in Edinburgh
Those of you looking for some adventurous fun will find Edinburgh and the surrounding area provide perfect opportunities for cycling, ballooning, canoeing, diving, rock climbing, falconry, archery, paintballing, fishing, horse riding, windsurfing, karting and ice skating, so there is plenty to keep you entertained. Keen golfers should head to Braid Hills Golf Course or one of the many other famous golf courses in Edinburgh.
Shopping in Edinburgh city centre is lined with shops from high street and boutiques to vintage stores and even designer labels in Harvey Nichols. You won't have to go far to find what you want.
Edinburgh Fringe Festival is an annual comedy festival which features many famous comedians. Alternatively the city is also home to many comedy clubs where you can spend an evening in stitches.
There is a huge choice of restaurants in Edinburgh serving every type of food imaginable. Visit Amber Restaurant for traditional Scottish grub, or Oloroso for imaginative & contemporary cooking with beautiful views of Edinburgh Castle.
If you like spotting celebrities pay a visit to the Opal Lounge, one of the most stylish bars and nightclubs in the city. If you want to drink in intimate and classy surroundings then visit Berlin Beirhaus, or for an oriental twist head to the Shanghai Club.
Activities in Edinburgh
Top Tours in Edinburgh:
Loch Lomond National Park and Stirling Castle in Scotland
On this panoramic cruise on the Rhine see the Rhine Tower & the spectacular Media Harbor buildings...
The Da Vinci Code and the Scottish Borders Tour
See the Rosslyn Chapel, a Da Vinci Code landmark in Scotland...
Scotland Tour - Highland Whiskies and Natural Attractions
Admire the natural attractions of the Scottish Highlands and taste the fine whisky of this region...
Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands Tour from Edinburgh
Admire the scenery of the Scottish highlands and discover the tourist attractions of Inverness...
Family Fun in Edinburgh
Edinburgh Zoo is a very popular place for a family day out. With over 1000 animals, hilltop safari rides, play areas, restaurants and gift shops there is plenty to keep you entertained all day.
Visit Our Dynamic Earth and be prepared to be amazed as you travel through time and across the planet. You can meet your ancestors and take a trip to the centre of the Earth, into the ocean or even into space. With several interactive exhibits about Earth, a gift shop and café, you can spend the whole day having the most fantastic of adventures.
The magic gallery of Camera Obscura & World of Illusions promises to enthrall both adults and children alike. With a 3D hologram display, telescopes, optical illusions, bendy mirrors and many other tricks of the eye you are sure to be amazed.
If you like fun and frights then go along on one of the Witchery Tours along Edinburgh's Royal Mile where you can learn about the city's history of witchcraft, plague and bodysnatching. Head to the Edinburgh Dungeon with live actors for shows, rides and interactive special effects all about real historic and gruesome events.
Edinburgh was also home to Greyfriars Bobby, the loyal dog who sat beside his master's grave for 14 years. You can take a tour of Greyfriars Church and the surrounding town where there is a memorial to Greyfriars Bobby and visit his grave, which lies just outside the churchyard where his beloved master was buried.
Romantic Breaks in Edinburgh
Edinburgh has many luxurious hotels to choose from for your romantic break, from hotels in stately homes to apartments in grand city centre buildings and quaint cottages in quiet seaside villages.
You could spend the day in Cramond, a small fishing village on a beach where you can stroll along hand in hand taking in the beauty of the surrounding scenery and little whitewashed cottages. Cramond has many cafes to drink a warm coffee in peaceful surroundings and of course you must sample some of the local, freshly caught seafood.
To spend a day in pure splendor head to one of the many spas to be found in Edinburgh including the Balmoral Hotel Spa and Zen Lifestyle Spa. You can spend many relaxing hours getting pampered to leave you looking and feeling gorgeous, ready for a romantic candlelit dinner.
One of the most romantic restaurants in Edinburgh is The Secret Garden at The Witchery, where you can enjoy a superb candlelit meal in intimate surroundings. You could also head to one of the many other excellent and romantic restaurants in the city including Rhubarb in the Prestonfield House Hotel.
Top Tips for Edinburgh
Visit the Tartan Weaving Mill where you can learn about the entire process of tartan weaving and come away with an authentic Scottish souvenir.
For the best sights in Edinburgh head along the Royal Mile where there are many independent shops and restaurants with tour guides to show you along some of the most beautiful streets in the city.
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