a comprehensive guide to almost everything there is to see and do in Edinburgh
A small but unusual museum telling the 300 year old story of Scotland’s first bank and the economic ups and downs of the country. The museum is located in the banks head quarters situated upon a magnificent setting high above Princes Street.
Tucked in behind the tenements of the Royal Mile is the remains of a 15th Century church. Relocated and re-built to make way for the railway, it is now the Brass Rubbing Centre.
Butterfly & Insect World
Situated just outside the city you can walk through a tropical forest surrounded by some of the most beautiful butterflies in the world. Then enter the Reptile house before seeing the best Ant colony in the country. The birds of Prey exhibition is nearby in the Dobbies Garden Centre.
A 19th century attraction, which uses daylight and mirrors to give a unique view of Edinburgh. 3D holograms, Victorian photograph and pinhole photography are just some of the things on display in this wonderful building next to the castle.
Six floors of displays and galleries with various exhibitions on subjects from all over the world. The centre also houses Edinburgh’s fine art collection.
On the outskirts of the city this 15th Century keep was enclosed in the 16th Century and deserted in the 18th. The castle offers the best view’s of the Lothian’s and in my opinion is the most atmospheric of all the castles I have visited. Strong connections with Mary Queen of Scots, and the murder of her husband Lord Darnley.
Deep Sea World
Travel on a moving walkway through the world’s longest underwater aquarium tunnel and come face to face with the inhabitants of the deep. Interactive rock pools, feeding session, an audio-visual theatre and a diver communication system all add up to a five star day out for all ages.
A £24 million attraction, showing the creation of the world from a scientific point of view. Travel through time to the “Big Bang” follow the ice as it gouges its way over land in the ice age. Through tropical forest and artic conditions watch as life evolves and begins to affect the fine ecological balance required for life to be sustained. Both educational and thought provoking.
One of the best castles in the world. With a Norman church, the Scottish Crown Jewels, The Stone of Destiny, the National War Memorial, a 15th century giant cannon, palace, military museums and the Napoleonic prisons to start with. Young and old will love and remember the day they spend at Edinburgh Castle.
Edinburgh Open Top Tours
Four tours cover most of historic Edinburgh and the attractions. Offering “Hop on Hop off” 24hour tickets. One tour travels down to the port of Leith and The Royal Yacht Britannia. All other tours cover the Old Town, New Town and Royal Mile area. Multi Language tours are also available.
Enjoy a scaringly good time at one of Edinburgh's newest attractions. Cannibals, grave robbers, murders and ghosts are all here.
Britain’s most popular Wildlife attraction with over 1000 animals many of which are threatened in the wild. Visit the world’s largest penguin enclosure and see the famous Penguin Parade daily at 1400.
Designed by Robert Adam. A typical house in Edinburgh’s New Town furnished as it would have been by its first owners in 1796. Located in the extremely elegant Charlotte Square.
Typical example of the 17th Century tenements of Edinburgh’s Old Town that once cluttered the Royal Mile. Built in 1620 this building has survived to show what life was like before the New Town. Contain the original painted ceiling and contemporary furniture.
John Knox House
A picturesque 15th Century house associated with John Knox, the great reformer and the Reformation of 1560. Learn about the religious troubles in the 16th Century and see many of the original features of this beautiful house.
Museum of Childhood
This is not a museum just for children, it is a museum dedicated to the “Memory of Childhood”. With toys and memories from bygone days this unique museum is a must to visit for all ages.
Housed in the historic headquarters of the oldest municipal fire brigade in the world, this museum shows the development of fire fighting with fire engines and apparatus dating back to 1806.
Museum of Scotland
A very modern extension to the Royal Museum. This is the definitive Scottish museum. Taking you from the formation of Scotland (from a geological point of view)through to the present day. Everything important to Scotland is here. Remember to take the elevator to the roof for a spectacular view of Edinburgh.
A telescope shaped tower on top of the Calton Hill. This attraction doubles as a monument to Lord Nelson and as a timepiece letting the people of Edinburgh know when it is one o’clock.
Old Town Weaving Centre
Next to the castle this working mill allows visitor to follow the production of Tartan Cloth ‘from sheep to shop’ try making tartan on a pedal loom in a building that once housed Edinburgh’s reservoir.
Palace of Holyrood House
The official residence of the monarch in Scotland. The ruined Abbey dates from the 12th Century, the oldest part of the palace from 1500. Charles 11 extended the Palace to its present size. Visit the staterooms of Mary Queen of Scots and see where her husband Darnley murdered her Italian servant Rizzio. The present day State Apartments house tapestries and paintings, many going back to the 17th Century. Marvel at the ostentatious apartments created during the restoration period.
Royal Yaught Britannia
After nearly 50 years and a million mile on Royal Duty around the world the yacht that has played host to Kings, Queens, Presidents and Prime Ministers now plays host to you
Visitors ride through history in a wooden whisky barrel to discover the origins of Scotch whisky and the secrets of whisky making. Find out the difference between mat and blended whisky and taste the difference in the shop.
One of Edinburgh’s most famous landmarks commemorates one of Scotland greatest writers, Sir Walter Scott. Climb the 287 steps to the top and be rewarded with superb view of Edinburgh and its surroundings. A Museum dedicated to Sir Walter Scott is situated half way up the magnificent gothic monument.