Edinburgh - Things To Do & Attractions

Top Things to do in Edinburgh

TripAdvisor's No.1 UK Attraction!

Home to the Royal Family for over 40 years, The Royal Yacht Britannia has sailed over 1 million miles around the world! Now docked in Edinburgh, it’s rated the “UK’s No.1 Attraction” on TripAdvisor and “Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction” by VisitScotland, so you know it’s going to be something special.

Meet the world-famous pandas, penguins and koalas at the zoo!

Animal lovers will be in their element at Edinburgh Zoo - home to the UK's only giant pandas and koalas, as well as more than 1000 other amazing animals!

The absolute highlight of the zoo is seeing the “Penguins on Parade”. The penguins’ enclosure is opened up and any birds who fancy a stroll can take a walk around the zoo with their keepers (this is run on an entirely voluntary basis so it’s the penguins’ choice whether they take part!)

Discover the city’s dark side….

Edinburgh’s past is peppered with murder, mystery and intrigue. Delve right into it at the Edinburgh Dungeon, where you’ll come face-to-face with the sinister duo Burke and Hare, go into freefall on a terrifying drop ride and journey through 1,000 years of the city’s blood-curdling history.

Prefer a side order of comedy with your horror? Jump on board a real 1960s funeral bus for a Ghost Bus Tour of the most horrific murder, torture and execution sites in the city!

Visit the Scottish Royal Residence

At the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile you’ll find the Palace of Holyroodhouse - best-known as the home of Mary Queen of Scots – where you can get a glimpse into where Her Majesty The Queen spends her time when she’s in Scotland!

Not far from here is the legendary Arthur's Seat, a dormant volcano which you can climb for excellent view of the city.

Language:
English
Currency:
British Pounds
Airports:
The closest airport is Edinburgh Airport (EDI), which is approx. 7 miles from Edinburgh centre.
Temperatures:
The temperature in Edinburgh averages 15°C in July and August, and 3°C in January.
Telephone:
  • Country code: +44
  • Emergency Services Number: 999
Electricity
230/240V AC, 50Hz.

Centuries of history give a backdrop to Scotland’s vibrant, cosmopolitan capital city. The list of things to do in Edinburgh range from a world-famous zoo to a Royal Mile filled with historical skulduggery to rival any soap opera, and of course, TripAdvisor’s “No.1 UK Attraction” The Royal Yacht Britannia.

It’s easy to experience the city’s past and present with both historical and modern Edinburgh attractions standing practically side-by-side - indeed "Edinburgh Old and New Towns" are together classed as a World Heritage Site.

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