Pride of Scotland

Scotland’s spectacular capital city is bristling with history, enthralling sights and culinary surprises.

One of the greatest things to see in Edinburgh is simply the city itself, a portrait in mellow grey stone, auburn skies and the soft green of Holyrood Park.

Edinburgh’s streets are still rich with history, from the doomed Mary Queen of Scots to battles against sieges, plagues and fires.

But its story today is one of success, with cosy bars, buzzing galleries and superb restaurants. And many of the best things to see in Edinburgh are family friendly too, from treasure troves of art and culture to beautiful gardens.

Attractions in Edinburgh

The cream of Edinburgh culture

Some of the most rewarding things to do in Edinburgh are visits to historical sites, preserved like time capsules from earlier centuries.

Put the 15th century on your list of things to see in Edinburgh with a visit to the only medieval building left on the Royal Mile, John Knox House, a low-ceiling, maze-like building associated with events from the turbulent Scottish Reformation.

Or skip to the 1700s with a trip to the popular Georgian House, a magnificent 18th-century town house that captures the old luxury lifestyle of Edinburgh’s wealthiest.

Highlights include exquisite period furniture and porcelain, and the chance to dress up in period costumes, making this one of the funnier things to do in Edinburgh with kids as well.

Talking of what to do in Edinburgh with kids, the Museum of Childhood is perfect for miniature travellers. Like the world’s most awesome playroom, its collection ranges from charming antique toys to 21st century computer games.

At the Scottish National Gallery, feasting on masterpieces by Rembrandt, Goya and Degas, alongside fine Scottish work like John Singer Sergeant’s mesmerising Lady Agnew of Lochnaw, should definitely be on your list of what to do in Edinburgh.

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