The Most Popular Tourist Attractions in Edinburgh, Scotland’s Capital

Edinburgh , the capital of Scotland, is a city that everyone should visit at least once. This is why today we will present you a list of some of the most famous tourist attractions that you should not miss when you get here.


Before that, we should note that you can reach almost any tourist attraction in Edinburgh by foot, as the city is not so big and most of them are not very far from each other. For tourists who appreciate comfort, there are many buses designed specifically for tourism purposes, that will take you to some of the most important landmarks. You can easily reach the Edinburgh Castle, the Royal British Yacht and Holyrood House.


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Popular attractions in Edinburgh


Greyfriars Bobby Statue

Bobby is not just any puppy or regular dog. It’s a puppy who became famous in the nineteenth century because he kept guarding his master’s grave for 14 years, Right until his death in 1872. Many people meet around 13:00 every day at the Kirkyard entrance, as this was the time when the dog used to take a break from guarding the grave and eat.


Arthur’s Seat

Enjoy a stroll in Holyrood Park, and walk past the ruins of St. Anthony’s Church. The extinct volcano in Edinburgh is an oasis of calmness, where a lot of tourists spend a few hours everyday. Local people meet here in the afternoon and wait for an amazing view of the sunset!


Scott’s Monument

Sir Walter Scott owns the world’s largest memorial dedicated to a writer. From here you will get the most unique view of the city.


Edinburgh Castle

Do you want at least once in your life to feel that you have an entire castle available to you alone? Well this is just the perfect place for this. We recommend visiting the Edinburgh Castle during the week early in the morning, right after you wake up, so try to arrive at the castle at the opening time. We say this because the castle is less crowded in the morning, and the numbers of tour groups will increase significantly in the afternoon hours.


Holyroodhouse Palace

Holyroodhouse is the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen of Scotland. The full visit takes about two hours, so you should plan your day carefully. Do not forget to visit the flower gardens and the cathedral nearby.


National Museum of Scotland

As with any other major cities, in order to learn the most about the local history and culture it is recommended to visit the National Museum of that city. This is why the National Museum of Scotland is definitely something you should check out on your trip here.


After the tour, visitors can climb on the roof of the museum which provides a beautiful view of the city. Try to get here around sunset, as the colors can get really amazing.


Library of Mistakes

This is the place where you’ll find all documents containing economic errors made by experts from 1929 until present. More than 2000 documents can be viewed here, but you need to book a tour beforehand, so keep that in mind.


Museum on the Mound

In this museum you will learn about the history of money in Scotland, you will have the opportunity to see how one million pounds looks like. It’s fake money, obviously, but the shape and size is accurate. What’s also great is that access to this museum is free of charge!


Dean Village

Just a 5-minute walk from Princess Street is a green oasis along the river, called Water of Leith. You shouldn’t miss out on strolling around this beautiful area. Dean Village is considered the most beautiful area of ​​the city, and it is a wonderful place if you are a history or photography enthusiast. You will meet here lots of tourists who are looking for a place to relax and escape the noise and congestion of the city. Originally built for mill workers, Dean Village is today among the most exclusive residential areas in Scotland.


Kyoto Friendship Garden

Another extremely tranquil place where you can spend some time meditating and just relax for a while. It is located within the Lauriston Castle in Cramond, and is considered one of the best three Japanese gardens in the UK. It is a unique place celebrating the friendship between Kyoto and Edinburgh.


Cramond Island

It is believed that the uninhabited island of Cramond was once the headquarters of the Roman forces. Nowadays you can reach the place only twice a day, at low tides. It is an ideal place for a stroll in the middle of the nature.


The Secret room

In addition to the light shows on the top floor, here you can also enjoy a brief overview of the history of Edinburgh. It’s very useful for those who are here for the first time. After this visit, take a tour of Victoria Street, from where the idea of ​​the Harry Potter series was first inspired.


Haunted tours

Edinburgh is one of the most sought after destinations in the UK when it comes to ghost hunting. We guarantee you’ll enjoy these tours, and even if you’ll get scared, you will learn a lot of interesting things about Edinburgh’s underground tunnels.

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