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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 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!

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

North Berwick

Spas, golf courses, and seaside views highlight some of the noteworthy features of North Berwick. Make a stop by North Berwick Golf Course or North Berwick Harbour while you're exploring the neighborhood.

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Old Town Edinburgh

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.



Dunbar is noteworthy for its bars, and you can make a stop at top attractions like East Links Family Park and Dunbar Golf Club.

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The ample dining options and beautiful seaside views are top of the list for many visitors to Leith. A stop by Royal Yacht Britannia or Princes Street might round out your trip.


New Town

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



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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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Edinburgh on a rainy day?

What is Edinburgh famous for?

With plenty of iconic attractions like these to visit, your most difficult decision will be where to go first:

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

What should I not miss in Edinburgh?

Put these attractions toward the top of your sightseeing list to get the most out of your trip:

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

What can you do in Edinburgh for free?

Your vacation in Edinburgh doesn't have to cost a fortune with free things like these to discover:

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