Places to visit in Edinburgh

Top Things to Do in Edinburgh, Scotland

Places to Visit in Edinburgh

Get a feel for Old Town by walking the Royal Mile, which connects Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. For rolling green hills, Arthur's Seat is a must.

Book these experiences for a close-up look at Edinburgh.

From quick jaunts to full-day outings.

Top Attractions in Edinburgh

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What travellers are saying

  • Karen W
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    Visited here on the recommendation of our hotel. Priced for tourists but the kids had an great time too. Great to learn about the late queen and royal family.
    Written 26 May 2024
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  • bluefevah
    Innisfil, Canada93 contributions
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    Climbed it today with my family (including 2 kids - 10 and 8). My oldest and I climbed all of the peaks up top and enjoyed every second of it. Wasn't hard, but be sure to wear appropriate shoes. I laughed at so many people trying to climb it looking like they were going to a nightclub. Unreal.... Anyhow, dress for the weather as well. Was nice at the bottom but misty and cooler at the top. Climbing all 3 peaks from the bottom, plus hiking into town to the Scot monument was about 2 hours and 7km. Id say up and down (with the detours we took) was about 5km.
    You have many options to climb depending on your skill and adventure level. Watch the rocks as they can be slippery.
    The view at the top is beautiful and well worth the climb.
    Written 24 May 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Michael A
    Charlotte, NC152 contributions
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    Right here at the top of this review I need to stress the following: BOOK YOUR TIME AHEAD! Even in the shoulder season, I highly recommend booking your tickets and time slot ahead or risk disappointment - when we arrived for our pre booked slot at 11:00am, tickets for the entire day were already gone! Be warned. Also, we booked the Castle Flexi Ticket - this ticket is more expensive, but allowed us one entry within a chosen seven-day period.

    Next, we were concerned with how to access the castle with mobility concerns. We are fully ambulatory, but hiking up to a castle (the way we have to Neuschwanstein in Bavaria) is no longer in the cards. Well, you can take a taxi or Uber very close up to the castle at the top of the Royal Mile and the final walk from the drop-off point to the first castle gate is very manageable. The steepest area within the castle was reaching upper/inner courtyard from the lower area around the Argyle Battery on the western side. Most, if not all, of the exhibit areas had lifts available with staff to guide the way.

    There are several exhibit areas at the castle. The National War Museum was definitely worth a visit and the space dedicated to the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards was nice. The Great Hall is beautiful and, after a modest wait, the Honours of Scotland (or Scottish Crown Jewels) were very nicely presented. Although I can understand why, I was disappointed that no photos were allowed of the Honours or within the Scottish National War Memorial in St. Margaret’s Chapel. The War Memorial is absolutely stunning!

    Go. See the castle. Well worth the visit.

    By the way, if you are visiting multiple attractions in Scotland, check out the Scottish Explorer’s Pass - it can save you money.