Edinburgh has too many places to list in a single page. So we have picked a few of our favourites.
Perched high atop Castle Rock and towering over the Old Town, this castle has kept royal watch over the city since the 12th century or even earlier. Edinburgh Castle houses the Honours of Scotland — the country's famous Crown Jewels — as well as the Stone of Destiny, which was used in coronation ceremonies for centuries. You can see the famous 15th century cannon Mons Meg and the One O'Clock Gun — which fires every day at 1 PM — and tour the National War Museum of Scotland.
The Real Mary King’s Close is a warren of underground streets and spaces. Back in the 1600’s, Mary King’s Close and neighbouring Closes were at the heart of Edinburgh’s busiest and most vibrant streets, open to the skies and bustling with traders selling their wares to the Old Town’s residents. Why would this street find itself underground 400 years later?
The Royal Yacht Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the world. Now berthed in Edinburgh, you can follow in the footsteps of Royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.
Arthur's Seat is situated in the centre of the city of Edinburgh, about 1 mile (1.6 km) to the east of Edinburgh Castle. The hill rises above the city to a height of 250.5 m (822 ft), provides excellent panoramic views of the city, is relatively easy to climb, and is popular for hillwalking.
Explore Edinburgh’s hidden natural asset, the Water of Leith. Flowing for 24 miles from its source in the Pentland Hills, the river winds its way through the heart of our capital to its outflow into the Firth of Forth at Leith. Today the river is home to a wide diversity of plants and animals from wild garlic and orchids to brown trout, heron, kingfisher and otter, and can be explored on foot or bike along the 12 3/4 mile Water of Leith Walkway.
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a scientific centre for the study of plants, their diversity and conservation, as well as a popular tourist attraction. It is a hugely important player in a worldwide network of institutions seeking to ensure that biodiversity is not further eroded. Located one mile from the city centre it covers 70 acres (28 ha).
Garden entry FREE with a charge for Glasshouses.