Top Ten Things to Do in Edinburgh
Edinburgh Castle dominates Scotland’s capital city from its great rock. Its history has helped shape the nation’s story. Battles and sieges were fought over it, royalty live and died within its walls and countless generations have been inspired by it.
National Museum of Scotland
The diverse collections will take you on a journey of discovery through the history of Scotland, the wonders of nature and world cultures – all under one roof.
Scottish National Galleries
Edinburgh is home to three outstanding art galleries: The National, Modern and Portrait Gallery, all located centrally in Edinburgh.
Saint Giles’ Cathedral
St Giles’ Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. With its famed crown spire it stands on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, it is the Mother Church of Presbyterianism and contains the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle (Scotland’s chivalric company of knights headed by the Queen).
Surgeons’ Hall Museum
Reopening in September 2015 following a major redevelopment project, the Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh houses one of the largest and most historic collection of surgical pathology material in the United Kingdom, including notorious and unique items connected to Burke and Hare, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Edinburgh Seven.
University of Edinburgh
Talbot Rice Gallery – As the public art gallery of The University of Edinburgh, the Talbot Rice Gallery offers original and relevant exhibitions within a unique historical context. The gallery is free to the public.
Take in the exciting history of the University of Edinburgh and enjoy the stunning architecture of the Old College Quad.
Take a wander through the tranquil George Square Gardens at the University of Edinburgh and walk the Edinburgh Labyrinth, which provides an opportunity to relax or reflect while walking an ancient path.
Edinburgh offers a vast selection of shopping: From luxury brands, to high street stores, to the local Scottish boutiques. Of course don’t forget the vast array of tourist shops offering everything from tartan to whisky to wool.
Eating and Drinking in Edinburgh
Boasting an array of outstanding and award winning cafes, bars and restaurants there is plenty of choice to suit every taste and budget. From the Royal Mile, to the Grassmarket or George Street, there are also many areas around Edinburgh known for providing a different flavour and feel of the City.