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Hike Arthur's Seat, take a whiskey tour and visit Edinburgh Castle

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Top 10 things to do

#1
Edinburgh Castle

The city of Edinburgh is dominated by the huge Edinburgh Castle, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Crown Jewels of Scotland, and the National War Museum of Scotland. There's a good chance you'll hear some bagpipes.

4.6 (516 reviews)
#2
Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Palace of Holyroodhouse, at the bottom of Edinburgh's Royal Mile, is the King's official residence when he's in Scotland. Visitors can explore the 14 state rooms in this 16th-century palace, still used during royal ceremonies!

4.7 (978 reviews)
#3
Edinburgh Hop On Hop Off Bus Tours

Experience the best of Edinburgh: hop on a bus tour!

4.6 (217 reviews)
#4
The Scotch Whisky Experience

Right on Edinburgh's Royal Mile, the Scotch Whisky Experience is an over-18s trip into the world of whisky. This replica distillery will educate you on the tastes of flavors of Scotland's favorite tipple, and probably get you a little tipsy.

4.7 (345 reviews)
#5
The Edinburgh Dungeon

The Edinburgh Dungeon offers no less than 360 different sets packed with hilarious, and scary actors, special effects, stages, scenes and even rides. It's an interactive walkthrough experience that will thrill and horrify the whole family! It's located in the heart of Edinburgh and is easy to reach with public transport.

4.5 (46 reviews)
#6
Edinburgh City Tours

Discover the beauty and history of Edinburgh like never before with a city tour

4.7 (273 reviews)
#7
The Real Mary King's Close

The Real Mary King's Close is a walking tour of Old Edinburgh that tells the city's history with all of the grisly truth about the Black Plague, mysterious hauntings, gruesome crimes, and stifled living situations. It is located opposite St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh Old Town.

4.7 (155 reviews)
#8
Islander Workshop Experience

The Islander Handbag workshop is located right in the heart of Edinburgh. Join a fun session and create your very own Islander Harris Tweed® Handbag to take home! Choose your own bag colour, fabric, bag strap and accessories, and step out with a bag as unique as you.

5 (3 reviews)
#9
Abbotsford House

Abbotsford House is the former home of Sir Walter Scott - a poet and novelist who wrote much of his work here. Located on the banks of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders, this historic mansion is an easy drive from Edinburgh.

4.7 (38 reviews)
#10
Blair Street Underground Vaults

The Blair Street Underground Vaults allows visitors to explore a different, darker side of Edinburgh. They were once used as taverns, cobbler shops, and to store materials such as building supplies or – allegedly – stolen corpses! Whatever the story is, these vaults have a rich and fascinating history.

4.7 (36 reviews)

Hand-picked combinations in Edinburgh

Combine Edinburgh favorites. Some things are better together.

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  • Edinburgh

Edinburgh Pass

  • Edinburgh Castle: Guided Tour
  • The Scotch Whisky Experience
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
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