Edinburgh Attraction Highlights
Dominating the Edinburgh skyline, Edinburgh Castle is an attraction that is simply unmissable particularly as it was awarded with the accolade of Best UK Heritage Attraction at the British Travel Awards in 2014. Providing stunning views of the city, inside the world-famous Scottish attraction you will be able to find the Crown Jewels, The Stone of Destiny and the National War Museum. Make sure to take a guided tour to learn all about the castle and its rich history.
Palace of Holyroodhouse
Situated at the end of the Royal Mile lies the Queen's official Scottish residence. Having played host to many a royal including Mary Queen of Scots, visitors can take guided audio tours around the property to have a look at the 14 Historic and State Apartments as well as Holyrood Abbey. Additionally, there is the Queen's Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse which presents rotating exhibitions from the Royal Collection.
Rated a 5 star attraction, Dynamic Earth is an essential stop on any family trip to Edinburgh. The attraction will take you on a trip back through time to witness the history of planet Earth through the use of state of the art technology, interactive exhibits and even Scotland's only 360 full dome theatre. It is safe to say that a lot of fun is to be had here!
Normally a trip through the dungeons and Scotland's dark history would not sound too appealing, however with the inclusion of hysterical theatre actors, thrilling 'rides', realistic side effects and atmospheric stages, this is one visit that will have you scared out of your wits but also laughing your head off. An interactive experience, this 80 minute journey into the depths of Scotland's dark history will have everyone on the tour involved; no one in the dungeons goes neglected....
Containing over 1000 rare and endangered animals, Edinburgh Zoo also is the only UK zoo to feature Giant Pandas and Koalas making it an unmissable stop. Edinburgh Zoo engages in conservation breeding initiatives and makes sure that the welfare of its animals is of the upmost concern. Featuring interaction with animals as well as educational talks, hours will speed by having fun with the furry friends amongst which Meercats and Chimpanzees can be found.
The Royal Yacht Britannia
Palace of Holyroodhouse is not the only royal attraction to be featured in Edinburgh, the Queen's floating residence known as the The Royal Yacht Britannia is also a must visit attraction. Rated as the UK's No. 1 Visitor Attraction on Trip Advisor, the The Royal Yacht Britannia has been home to her Royal Majesty the Queen for over 40 years and has seen many a famous guest step on baord such as Sir Winston Churchill. The audio tour of the 5 decks will provide an insight into what the Queen's life is like aboard this beautiful and historic ship.
National Museum of Scotland
Learn about the history of the Earth at Dynamic Earth and then learn some more at the Natural World galleries; which happens to include a rather giant T-Rex to greet you with. Once you have cemented your knowledge of the Earth's history, make sure to spend many an hour learning about Scotland's history from prehistory to present day. Scotland is not the only country on offer with a World Cultures gallery that portrays the connection of people across the globe and a Discoveries gallery which reflects how the innovation and creative endeavours of Scots managed to take them on trips across the world.
Scottish National Gallery
Looking to discover some of the finest art that the world has to offer? Look no further than the Scottish National Gallery which includes some of the most impressive art collections as exhibited across 3 interconnected buildings: The Gallery, The Academy (host to international exhibitions) and the Gardens Entrance. One of Scotland's top free attractions, bask in the splendour and genius of the art at no cost.
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
Only footsteps from Edinburgh Castle, enjoy 5 floors full of engaging optical illusions that have been in existence since 1883 and will engage you for just as long! Make sure to check out the amazing views that can be afforded by the rooftop terrace and to experience the Camera Obscura show itself; an alternative insight into this beautiful city and its history which will leave you thoroughly intrigued and entertained.
The Real Mary King's Close
Sometimes the best action can be what is found below the ground as opposed to above it. Take a one-hour guided tour from costumed characters into the Real Mary King's Close, the streets buried deep beneath the Royal Mile that have been preserved since the 17th century and look much the same today as they did then. Of course, no underground streets that have existed since the 17th century go without some associated ghost stories and tales of mysteries so make sure to listen out for these as you look at the streets and closes that used to be full of bustling trade.
With so much to see, perhaps an Edinburgh bus tour is the way to go and with 5 tours on offers with varying itineraries, do not say you do not have any choice! Discover Edinburgh from the best seat in the house aboard an open-top bus commandeered by a knowledgable guide who can pump you full of knowledge without you having to move anywhere.
With so much history on offer from the Real St. Mary's Close to Greyfriars Kirk, it is no surprise that Edinburgh is also acclaimed for its collection of ghost tours. For instance, there is the City of the Dead tour company which has been awarded with various accolades as well as has been recommended by the likes of Lonely Planet. Offering a variety of tours but all equally spook-tastic, the tour guides are all historians or professional entertainers who have been picked due to their ability to improvise and keep guests on their toes.
The Scotch Whisky Experience
It may not sound like it, but this is one for all the family! Get involved in the whisky-making production process in a replica distillery with the aid of an whisky advisor and learn all about the history of one of Scotland's greatest exports.