11 Best Tourist Attractions in Edinburgh

Wondering what to do once you’re in Edinburgh? Here’s taking a closer look:

1. Edinburgh Castle

The most visited paid tourist destination in Scotland is Edinburgh Castle. This is known as one of the biggest tourist attractions on Edinburgh. From the eleventh century until the 1603 Union of the Crowns was a royal palace located here. Afterwards it is used to shift more toward military purposes. Its current use as a tourist destination honors both its royal and military pasts.

2. Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo has a long history of success as a top tourist destination. It was first opened in 1913 on a sizable property that once made up a portion of Corstorphine Hill in the west of the city. The daily penguin parade has been going on for more than 50 years and continues to draw crowds. Many people visit for the enormous pandas that came from China in 2011. Apart from adorable animals like chimpanzees, koalas, and meerkats, there are also majestic animals like leopards and lions. Apart from that, there are many more species like armadillos and zebras.

3. Scottish National Museum

The National Museum become enormously popular as a tourist and local destination after it was reopened in 2011. The museum had reopened after substantial renovations, with children being adequately cared for. While many of the exhibits have a highly engaged, there is a sizable, all-ages play area at the back of the first floor and a more educational play area for older kids on the top level.

4. Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden

The Botanic Garden is one of the most important tourist attractions on Edinburgh. It was first located close to Holyrood Park in 1670. It has relocated twice after that. Firstly; it was located to its current position in 1820. Apart from that, it was also located to a place next to the ancient Nor Loch. This is now the site of Waverley Station. Inverleith House is a renowned modern art gallery and the former location of the city’s Gallery of Modern Art.

There are two dining options. These are the Terrace Café in the centre of the Garden and the Gateway Restaurant. The lawn of Terrace Café has a good view of Edinburgh Castle in the distance. Alongside, the Gateway Restaurant, a serviced apartment Edinburgh, is in the new education centres at the west entrance.

5. Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Britannia is another tourist attraction on Edinburgh. It is among Edinburgh’s most visited sights for a reason. Whether you support the monarchy or not, this place has a lot to offer as the Queen’s former floating royal palace for more than 40 years. Genuine features are the State apartments, crew quarters, honeymoon suite, and engine room. If anyone wants to stop, the reasonably priced Royal Deck Tea Room is a great place to spend leisure time with a pot of tea and some scones or sandwiches.

6. Arthur’s Seat

Arthur’s Seat is the best place to get rest away from the sound pollution and busyness of the city at any time of the year. You will feel that you have come into a picture. Visit the historic St Anthony’s Chapel, take in the views of Edinburgh’s skyline from Salisbury Crags, or go birding beside the Loch.

7. Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament building was completed over budget. It was not without controversy. It has become a successful administrative building and tourist spot. The serviced apartment is open to the public during non-Parliamentary break time. It was opened for both democratic process observers and tourists. The tours with a guide are free.

8. Art Galleries at the National Gallery of Scotland

Royal Scottish Academy is at Princes Street near Edinburgh Castle and the Scottish National Gallery. It comprises of two separate structures. These were created by famous architect William Playfair. It was inaugurated in 1828 and 1859. The RSA is used for large-scale temporary exhibits of contemporary art. The Scottish National Gallery has a collection of classical art at the back of this building. Occasionally small-scale temporary exhibitions are
also organized.

9. World of Illusions and Camera Obscura

The Camera Obscura offers a visual live “tour” of the city. This employs the famous camera obscura optical illusion. It let guests observe a panorama of the surrounding region. It is a gothic tourist witchery to mimic the environment of Edinburgh’s Old Town. The building also has a variety of interactive optical illusions. These include the World of Illusions, the Light Fantastic collection of holograms and a light corridor. In addition, it also have exhibition of old images of Edinburgh.

10. Our Changing Earth

Our Dynamic Earth, an initiative of the Millennium Commission that opened in 1999, was a part of the rehabilitation of Edinburgh’s Holyrood neighborhood before the Scottish Parliament Building was constructed there around the same time. It is a research centre with the main objective of informing tourists about the geological origin of the Earth.

11. Holyroodhouse Palace

The Palace, the Queen’s official house in Scotland, has commensurate acclaim with the throngs of tourists that flock here, even though the Castle is the more well-known of the two structures that top and tail the Royal Mile. These days, it is mostly utilized in its official role for state events and official entertainment, such as the yearly Garden Party (also known as Hat Watch for locals). There is a plenty to see here now, including the ruins of Holyrood Abbey and 14 historic and State Apartments.