What to do in Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Attractions

Looking for a taste of Scotland? Head to Edinburgh, the Athens of the North, and find all of the must see attractions on the map. Expedia is here to help you plan your itinerary. Whether you are popping in for business or pleasure, be sure to include Edinburgh activities and Edinburgh excursions to make this a trip you will never forget. There are so many things to do in Edinburgh that you will be hard pressed to fit everything on the list, so let Expedia.com help you to make the best choices for tourist and local spots.

Venture to Scotland's capital and experience the wonders of the Highlands and Loch Ness that are all within your grasp. Edinburgh has a unique flavor all in its own right as you walk High Street and include Edinburgh Castle on your Edinburgh tours. Favorite attractions in Edinburgh include Edina, Holyrood Palace, Mary's Kings Close, and the Edinburgh Vaults. Interested in all things spiritual? Look no further than St. Giles' Cathedral, Incholm, Greyfriars Kirkyard, and the Parish Church of St.Cuthbert. This is a land rich in history with fine examples of intricate architecture offering one of the finest vistas in the world.

One of the reasons why Edinburgh might be a top destination and one of the places on your bucket list, is because of how easy it is to get around. Public transportation is inexpensive and easily accessible. Take the train, a bus, or a taxi to get where you need to go at a fraction of the price of other popular tourist spots.

Expedia can assist you in finding lodging when you visit Edinburgh. Enjoy the quaint charm of Auld Reekie guest houses and take tours as well. Turn to Expedia.com to make all of your travel arrangements. Planning your trip to Edinburgh will be a breeze with all of the information you need only a click away. You won't miss a trick when you use us as your convenient, free travel agent. Make your plans, pack your bags, and get ready for your next adventure in the British Isles!

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What to do in Edinburgh

Free Things to Do in Edinburgh

There's no need to endlessly reach for your wallet in Edinburgh. The following won't cost a thing.

Writers' Museum - Young or not so young, this place will inspire your imagination and hold your attention.

Summerhall - Spend a few hours here and gain a better understanding of the cultural and artistic side of the region.

Blackford Hill - If you'd like to increase the fun factor during your escape, this is a good place to start.

Greyfriars Kirk - Get ready to feel like you've taken a step back in time while wandering around this historic attraction.

Charlotte Square - This lively area is popular with visitors and locals alike.

Scott Monument - If you'd love to explore some of the more important or unique places in the community, this place is worth a visit.

Church of St Andrew & St George - Do a little quiet reflection and discover a few things about this site's spiritual importance.

Portobello Beach - Keep a lookout for pretty shells and other little treasures peppered along the foreshore here.

Castlelaw - Bring along your camera and let nature awaken awe and wonder in you.

Princes Street Gardens - Grab your picnic blanket, pack some snacks and find a comfortable spot to appreciate Mother Nature.

Things to Do in Edinburgh with Kids

There are loads of unforgettable experiences in Edinburgh that the whole gang will love. These are a few of the top family friendly experiences in the area.


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Edinburgh on a sunny day?
Enjoy the nice weather (and stretch your legs at the same time) with one or two of these outdoor activities:

What to do in Edinburgh on a rainy day?
What is Edinburgh famous for?
Get set to be busy with all of these big-name sights to cross off your must-do list:

  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre
  • Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse

What should I not miss in Edinburgh?
Put these things high on your must-do list to make the most of your visit:

  • University of Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Zoo
  • National Museum of Scotland
  • Usher Hall