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What to Do in Edinburgh: Must See Attractions

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 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 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!

Things to Do in Edinburgh with Kids

There are plenty of incredible experiences in Edinburgh that the entire gang will enjoy. These are a few of the best family friendly experiences in the area.

Free Things to Do in Edinburgh

Traveling on a lean budget in Edinburgh? Spend time instead of money on great experiences.

Writers' Museum - Bring the entire family and set out on a fascinating adventure through history with each other.

Summerhall - Satisfy your hunger for arts and culture here and see local talent at work.

Blackford Hill - Let your hair down and add some excitement to your trip here.

Greyfriars Kirk - If you enjoy delving into history and heritage, this is one stop you ought not to miss.

Charlotte Square - This is a bustling area where you can soak up the ambiance and discover local life.

Scott Monument - Set aside some time to check out this site of local significance.

Church of St Andrew & St George - No matter your religious leanings, this site will inspire a sense of reverence.

Portobello Beach - Breathe in the fresh ocean air and watch the waves lapping against the shore at this lovely coastal spot.

Castlelaw - Unwind and let the natural surrounds restore your mind.

Princes Street Gardens - Revitalize your body, mind and soul by spending a bit of time with Mother Nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Edinburgh

Old Town

Wander the narrow alleys of Edinburgh's historic center to discover the hidden delights of an area that also encompasses some of the city's top attractions.

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Haymarket is well-liked for many features, particularly its museums, restaurants, and shopping. Though there might not be top sights in Haymarket, consider a stop by Edinburgh Castle or George Street, located nearby.

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New Town

Stroll around the refined Georgian quarter of Edinburgh to encounter iconic monuments, stunning art galleries and an array of stores.

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West End

West End is known for its popular shops, and with sights like Princes Street and Edinburgh Gin Distillery, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Edinburgh.

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Historic sites, museums, and cafés are just a few things travelers enjoy about Newington. Check out Royal Commonwealth Pool or Queen's Hall while you're exploring the area.

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Visitors to Portobello enjoy its beaches, and if you want to do some exploring, Portobello Beach is worth a stop.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Edinburgh on a rainy day?

There's no need to splish and splash your way through a wet day when there are plenty of wonderful indoor activities to try:

What is Edinburgh famous for?

Pack some walking shoes because there are lots of well-known attractions you simply can't miss:

  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre
  • Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Murrayfield Stadium

What should I not miss in Edinburgh?

You'll want to put these attractions toward the top of your must-do list to get the most out of your visit:

  • Edinburgh Zoo
  • University of Edinburgh
  • National Museum of Scotland
  • Royal Botanic Garden

Are there cheap things to do in Edinburgh?

What can you do in Edinburgh for free?

You could even leave your credit card in the hotel safe for the day, because these fantastic attractions won't cost you a penny:

  • Princes Street Gardens
  • St. Giles' Cathedral
  • Greyfriars Kirk
  • Calton Hill