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

1. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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11. 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.

FAQs on Edinburgh

How can I commute within Edinburgh?

Walking along the streets in the city is the best way to get around as Edinburgh is a compact city and all the major attractions are no longer than a 15 minute walk apart. Edinburgh has two bus companies, Lothian Buses and the First. They have a common bus stop and the buses operate all across the city. There are a few suburban trains that run from the Edinburgh Waverly station and they reach the south west and south east suburbs of the city. It is better to avoid driving cars in central Edinburgh as it is a complete nightmare. The trams in Edinburgh are pretty new and link only a few places in the city.
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How much does a package cost for Edinburgh?

The packages for Edinburgh start at INR 27993 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What are the top sightseeing places in Edinburgh?

The top sightseeing places in Edinburgh are Holyrood Palace, Calton Hill, Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh Castle, Scott Monument, National Gallery of Scotland.

What are the top activities in Edinburgh?

The top activities in Edinburgh are Shuttle Bus Transfers between Edinburgh Airport (EDI) and City Center by Airlink 100, Loch Ness Explorer Day Tour From Edinburgh, Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Bus Tour, Loch Ness, Glencoe, and The Highlands Day Tour from Edinburgh, Royal Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off 48 Hour Bus Pass with Entry to Edinburgh Castle, Scottish Highlands and Whisky Day Tour from Edinburgh.

What are the top hotels in Edinburgh?

There are 2484 Hotels in Edinburgh which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Edinburgh are Cobble Cottage, MODERN 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms City Centre, The Pavilion at Lamb's House, Heriot Row Apartment, Gorgeous Garden Flat, The Edinburgh Address - Castle View Apartment. You can see all the hotels in Edinburgh here
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