Here are the top 11 tourist attractions to see in Edinburgh:

1. Holyrood Palace

Holyrood Palace
4.5 /5

1 km
from city center
1 out of 11
places to visit in Edinburgh

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is situated at the lower end of Royal Mile. It has been the Royal residence since the 1300s.

2. Calton Hill

Calton Hill
4.3 /5

0 km
from city center
2 out of 11
places to visit in Edinburgh

Situated on the east end of the Princes Street, the Calton Hill in Edinburgh is included in the city's UNESCO world heritage site. The National Monument of Scotland is situated on the Calton Hill.

3. Arthur's Seat

Arthur's Seat
4.2 /5

2 km
from city center
3 out of 11
places to visit in Edinburgh

One of the seven hills in Edinburgh, the Arthur's Seat looms over the city and offers a wide range of views. One can get a good view of the Edinburgh Castle, Old town as well as the New Town.

4. Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle
3.8 /5

1 km
from city center
4 out of 11
places to visit in Edinburgh

Home to the Edinburgh Tattoo, the Edinburgh castle is a magnificent fortress located on the highest point of the city of Edinburgh. It has continuously been in use for over 1000 years.

5. Scott Monument

Scott Monument
3.8 /5

0 km
from city center
5 out of 11
places to visit in Edinburgh

This monument was named after Sir Walter Scott after his death in 1832.

6. National Gallery of Scotland

National Gallery of Scotland
3.7 /5

1 km
from city center
6 out of 11
places to visit in Edinburgh

Most of Scotland's finest artwork is stored in the National Gallery of Scotland. It also carries out several seasonal exhibitions.

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7. National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland
3.7 /5

1 km
from city center
7 out of 11
places to visit in Edinburgh

Formed by Act of Parliament in 1985, the National Museums Scotland amalgamated into the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland and the Royal Scottish Museum.

8. St. Gile's Cathedral

St. Gile's Cathedral
3.6 /5

0 km
from city center
8 out of 11
places to visit in Edinburgh

The St. Giles Cathedral is located in the old town and is the historic city church of Edinburgh. It is also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh.

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9. Craigmillar Castle

Craigmillar Castle
3.6 /5

4 km
from city center
9 out of 11
places to visit in Edinburgh

The ruins of this castle is a major tourist attraction in Edinburgh. It is located just after the Holyrood Park, almost 5km from the centre of the city.

10. The Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The Royal Mile, Edinburgh

397 km
from city center
10 out of 11
places to visit in Edinburgh

Discover museums, shops and restaurants while you stroll through the Royal Mile, a series of streets in the old town of Edinburgh. Known as the historic heart of Edinburgh the Mile’s length measures approximately 1.81 km nearly 1 Scots mile long. Located within a World Heritage Site it is a most lively and frequently visited place in Edinburgh, Scotland. With many superb attractions to look out for at Royal Mile’s like Scottish Parliament, Royal houses, eateries and pubs, the street is a must visit for any tourist.

11. Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

395 km
from city center
11 out of 11
places to visit in Edinburgh

Experience mighty mountains to the scenic landscapes of city at Holyrood Park located in Edinburgh. The park is associated with years of interesting history and archaeology that spans over thousands of years. Arthur’s Seat, an ancient volcano situated at this esplanade is considered as the major peak of this dramatic hills range of Holyrood Park.

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