97 attractions you should visit in Edinburgh - With photos & details

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Top 97 attractions to explore in Edinburgh

Capital city of Scotland. Edinburgh is Scotland's second-most populous city and the seventh-most populous city in the United Kingdom. It is the second-largest financial centre in the United Kingdom, and UK's second-most visited tourist destination.

Blackford HillBlackford Hill, Edinburgh EH9 3HR, UK
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

Blackford Hill is one of Edinburgh's seven hills and situation around 2 miles south of the City Centre. It's a great walk that combines the natural beauty and picturesque views.  There is an ancient hill fort on the summit area of the hill which, along with the circular foundations of some nearby houses, is protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. There is an ancient hill fort on the summit area of the hill which, along with the circular foundations of some nearby houses, is protected as a Sch

Calton HillCalton Hill, Edinburgh EH7 5AA, UK
Viewpoints
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks
Monuments

Calton Hill is one of Edinburgh's main hills, set right in the city centre. It is unmistakable with its Athenian acropolis poking above the skyline. It was situated beyond the east end of Princes Street and included in the city's UNESCO World Heritage Site. Views of, and from, the hill are often used in photographs and paintings of the city. Calton Hill is also the location of several monuments and buildings: the National Monument, the Nelson Monument,the Dugald Stewart Monument, the old Royal H

Camera Obscura & World of IllusionsCastlehill, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2ND, UK
Iconic Buildings
Man-made Structures- Other

Camera Obscura & World of Illusions is a tourist attraction located in Outlook Tower on the Castlehill section of the Royal Mile close to Edinburgh Castle. The original attraction was founded by entrepreneur Maria Theresa Short in 1835 and was exhibited on Calton Hill. Outlook Tower has been a museum since the late 1890s and is currently home to many interactive exhibits, including the original Camera Obscura.

CanongateCanongate, Edinburgh, UK
Street Markets

The Canongate is the lower section of the famous Royal Mile in Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland.  It was once a separate burgh from the city itself before becoming incorporated in 1865 as a district of the capital. The Canongate contains several historic buildings including Queensberry House, now incorporated in the Scottish Parliament Building complex, Huntly House, the Canongate Tolbooth and the Canongate Kirk, opened in 1691 replacing Holyrood Abbey as the parish church of the Canongat

Charlotte SquareCharlotte Square, Edinburgh, UK
Town Squares

Charlotte Square is a garden square in Edinburgh, Scotland, part of the New Town, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The square is located at the west end of George Street and was intended to mirror St. Andrew Square in the east. The gardens, one of the collection of New Town Gardens, are private and not publicly accessible.

Circus LaneCircus Ln, Edinburgh EH3, UK
Street Markets

Circus Lane is one of the quaintest streets in the whole of Edinburgh. It was located in the historic Stockbridge area and was built when the New Town was being extended in the 1760s. It was  a fine example of a row of regal Georgian Residences. In those times, only the rich and wealthy could afford a house of that magnitude in this area.

City Art Centre2 Market St, Edinburgh EH1 1DE, UK
Iconic Buildings
Art Centres

The City Art Centre is an impressive nine-storey former warehouse located in the heart of Edinburgh. Originally constructed between 1899 and 1902, it was converted into gallery use in 1980. it has a collection which include historic and modern Scottish painting and photography, as well as contemporary art and craft. It is an exhibition based venue with no permanent displays.

City Chambers253 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1YJ, UK
Iconic Buildings

Located in the heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - The City Chambers has enviable views of the city's skyline, providing an enchanting backdrop your event. The current building was originally built as the Royal Exchange, which was funded by subscription and commissioned in 1753.[2] It was designed by John Adam with detail alterations by John Fergus.

Cockburn StreetCockburn St, Edinburgh EH1, UK
Street Markets

Lord Cockburn Street was built as an access to the Waverley Bridge Road at Waverley Rail Station from the High Street near to the Tron Kirk. The Plans for Cockburn Street were submitted over a lengthy period circa 1850 and was finally completed in 1859. Lord Cockburn's head is carved over the entrance to 1 Cockburn Street and The street contains a series of small specialist shops.

Corstorphine HillCorstorphine Hill, Edinburgh EH12 8WT, UK
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

Corstorphine Hill is a low ridge-shaped hill rising above the western suburbs of Edinburgh, Scotland. Although there has been residential and commercial development on its lower slopes, especially in the south and west, most of the hill is occupied by a local nature reserve, consisting of extensive broadleaf woodland, and is accessible to the public. The hill, which is composed largely of dolerite, was formed by the west-to-east movement of glaciers during the Pleistocene period.

CowgateCowgate, Edinburgh EH1, UK
Street Markets

The Cowgate is a street in Edinburgh, Scotland, located about 550 yards southeast of Edinburgh Castle, within the city's World Heritage Site. The street is part of the lower level of Edinburgh's Old Town, which lies below the elevated streets of South Bridge and George IV Bridge. Consequently, the Cowgate can be quite gloomy and dark in sections. It meets the Grassmarket at its west end and Holyrood Road to the east.

Craigmillar CastleCraigmillar Castle Rd, Edinburgh EH16 4SY, UK
Iconic Buildings

Craigmillar Castle is one of the best preserved castles of its period in Scotland. Built at the beginning of the 14th century by the Preston family, it had an L-shaped tower, a wall with buildings inside, attractive gardens and a fish pond.  It is one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Scotland. The central tower house, or keep, is surrounded by a 15th-century courtyard wall with "particularly fine" defensive features.

Cramond IslandCramond Island, United Kingdom
Islands

Cramond Island is a tidal island in the Firth of Forth reached at low tide by a causeway which extends for just over ¾ of a mile into the river from the village of Cramond. The island is part of the Dalmeny Estate, owned by the Rosebery Estates Partnership, and is let to Cramond Boat Club. It is believed that Romans first constructed a defence on the island for their harbour at Cramond. In the 1800s the Island was mainly used to graze sheep.

Dalkeith Country ParkVia King's Gate, Dalkeith EH22 1ST, UK
Outdoors- Other
Forests

Dalkeith Country Park is a beautiful  estate at only 2200 acres but with 600 acres of predominantly broadleaved woodland located only five miles from Edinburgh city centre. At the heart of the Country Park is the 600 year old Dalkeith Old Oak Wood nestling in the meetings of the North and South Esk rivers. One of the iconic location where you can spend some good time in the middle of nature.

Dean VillageDean Path, Edinburgh EH4 3AY, UK
Outdoors- Other

Dean Village is a peaceful village on the Water of Leith, Edinburgh's largest river. Founded during the twelfth century by the Canons Regular of Holyrood Abbey, it is also known as the Water of Leith Village. It was known as the "Water of Leith Village" and was a successful grain milling area for more than 800 years. At one time there were no fewer than eleven working mills there, driven by the strong currents of the Water of Leith.

Deep Sea WorldBattery Quarry, Forthside Terrace, North Queensferry, Inverkeithing KY11 1JR, UK
Aquariums

Deep Sea World is a popular aquarium located in the village of North Queensferry, in Fife, Scotland. It is host to a collection of large sand tiger sharks, also known as ragged toothed sharks or grey nurse sharks, and various other species of shark. One of the main attractions is the 112 m long transparent acrylic underwater viewing tunnel, which is one of the longest of its kind in the world.

Dovecot Studios Ltd10 Infirmary St, Edinburgh EH1 1LT, UK
Man-made Structures- Other

Dovecot is a world-renowned tapestry studio in the heart of Edinburgh and a landmark centre for contemporary art, craft and design. It is a landmark centre for contemporary art, craft and design built around a leading international tapestry studio. The Gallery occupies an extraordinary building in the heart of Edinburgh working to programme, commission and produce exhibitions and events for audiences and clients who share Dovecot’s passion for making and the creative arts.

Dr Neil's Garden15 Old Church Ln, Duddingston, Edinburgh EH15 3PX, UK
Botanical Gardens

A wonderful, secluded, landscaped garden on the lower slopes of Arthur’s Seat including conifers, heathers, alpines, a physic garden, herbaceous borders and ponds. One of the iconic location for a recharge of your mind and body and also you can have a short walk in this beautiful location.

Dugald Stewart MonumentCalton Hill, Edinburgh EH1 3BJ, UK
Monuments

This is a memorial to the Scottish philosopher Dugald Stewart, professor of moral philosophy at the University of Edinburgh from 1786 until his death. The monument was situated on Calton Hill overlooking the city of Edinburgh and was built in 1831 to the design of architect William Playfair, who modelled his design on the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates in Athens.

Dunbars Close137 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BW, UK
Botanical Gardens

This is a beautiful natural garden offering a tranquil escape from the often-hectic Royal Mile. Originally created back in the 19th century by the landscape architect Sir Patrick Geddes, but heavily reconstructed by Seamus Filor in the 1970s, the garden boasts fragrant flowers, blooming bushes and sweet-smelling herbs - and all just a matter of metres from the capital’s busiest pedestrian street.

Map of attractions in Edinburgh