Let's go there!
Whatever the time of year, and whatever the weather, there's always plenty to do in the city of Edinburgh.
Holyrood Park’s highest point is Arthur’s Seat, a dormant volcano, and sits 251m above sea level giving excellent view of the city; it is also the site of a large and well preserved fort. This is one of four 2000 year-old hill forts.
City Art Centre
The City Art Centre, in the centre, has a busy programme of exhibitions which change regularly to suit the interests of visitors. People see favourites from the city’s nationally recognised collection of Scottish art.
City of the Dead Tours
Guides are a mixture of historians and professional entertainers, picked for their ability to improvise, entertain and make each tour unique and individual. This is history brought to life through storytelling.
Craigmillar Castle was a handsome and comfortable noble seat. It was close to the political cauldron of Edinburgh, but separate from it. It was a favoured royal retreat, famously used as a safe haven by Mary Queen of Scots.
Crichton Castle stands tucked away out of sight, on a terrace overlooking the River Tyne in Midlothian. It was a noble residence for some 200 years, from the late 14th century through to the close of the 16th century.
Deep Sea World
Over 40 displays, including the 4.5-million-litre Underwater Safari with its walkthrough tunnel, are home to hundreds of fascinating creatures, ranging from seals and seahorses to stingrays and giant sand tiger sharks.
A trip to Scotland’s capital isn’t complete without a visit to Edinburgh Castle. Part of The Old and New Town and standing majestically on top of a 340 million year-old extinct volcanic rock, the castle is a powerful national symbol.
The Edinburgh Dungeon brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages, scenes and rides in a truly unique and exciting walkthrough experience that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel.
Apart from getting close to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals, there are many different ways to enjoy your day out at Edinburgh Zoo. You can experience a busy programme of educational events and activities.
In order to beat this game you and your team must solve many puzzles, riddles, brain teasers and identify clues. Using your powers of observation and problem solving you and your team will have to work together to escape.
Five Sisters Zoo
Five Sisters Zoo a family run zoo with over 170 different species of mammals, birds and reptiles from all around the world. There’s lots to see and do and if you want to really get up close. Take part in daily handling sessions.
Take a relaxing boat trip on the Forth Belle and enjoy unrivalled views of the Firth of Forth and its famous bridges, with Forth Tours. Take in the magnificent views of the Forth Road Bridge and the world-famous Forth Railway Bridge.
Fountain Park is just west of Edinburgh, and features a Cineworld cinema, fabulous Virgin Active gym, Genting Casino, Tenpin bowling alley, Gambado kids soft play and an excellent range of restaurants, bars and pubs.
The Fruitmarket Gallery brings to Scotland some of the world’s most important contemporary artists. The Gallery recognises that art can change lives and it offers an intimate encounter with art for free.
Galloway Forest Park
Explore the rolling Galloway glens and hills to discover picturesque forest trails, three friendly visitor centres, wonderful wildlife and a long and colourful history at Galloway Forest Park. Experience star-strewn night skies at night.
Gorgie City Farm
Gorgie City Farm has been a much-loved part of the local community in Edinburgh for the past 30 years. It’s dedicated to inspiring local people and tourists offers courses in agriculture, gardening and handicrafts for everyone.
Greyfriars Kirk is a worshipping congregation of the Church of Scotland in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town where a church has stood since 1620. It’s a welcoming, inclusive community which responds to local needs.
Steeped in history and legend, the Highlands of Scotland are one of the last unspoilt regions of Europe, so let Highland Tours take you on an adventure. Local guides know the lochs and glens like few others.
Inchcolm Abbey was established on this island originally as a priory by David I in 1235. It is the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland. The island is also famed for its seals, wildlife and old coastal defences.
John Muir Birthplace Trust
This fully accessible, family friendly, hands on interpretation centre will take you on the journey of John Muir’s life from his boyhood in Dunbar to his work as a pioneering conservationist, explorer, writer, geologist and inventor.
Built and developed over two centuries by successive Stewart kings of Scotland, Linlithgow Palace was a comfortable and attractive retreat from affairs of state, conveniently placed between Stirling and Edinburgh.
Museum of Childhood
The Museum of Childhood is a fun day out for the whole family. Young people can learn about the children of the past and see a fantastic range of toys and games, while adults enjoy a trip down memory lane.
Museum on the Mound
The fascinating Museum on the Mound takes a fresh look at money – and much, much more. Art and design, technology, crime, trade and security all feature in the story of money. Admission is free and it is open all year round.
National Museum of Scotland
Follow the story of Scotland from prehistory to the present day, marvel at a spectacular array of over 800 objects and meet the Scots whose ideas, innovations and leadership took them across the world in the Discoveries gallery.
National War Museum
National War Museum depicts the story of Scotland at war. Within the walls of Edinburgh Castle the National War Museum tells the story of battles lost and won, through military artefacts and personal treasures.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Founded in the 17th century as a physic garden, The Royal Botanic Gardens extend over four Gardens boasting a rich living collection of plants, and is a world-renowned centre for plant science and education.
Scottish National Gallery
The Scottish National Gallery is in the heart of Edinburgh and houses one of the best collections of fine art in the world. See 4 exhibitions, 16 displays, and exceptional must-sees. There are also 64 events to attend.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is a must-see venue for modern and contemporary art. It is home to a fantastic sculpture park and Pig Rock Bothy. Admission is free, however a charge may be made for special exhibitions.
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Come face to face with Scotland, past and present, at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. See 5 exhibitions, 11 displays and some exceptional must-sees. There are also 17 events to attend. Admission is free.
Scottish Storytelling Centre
The Scottish Storytelling Centre is a vibrant arts venue located on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. The centre has a live storytelling, theatre, music, exhibitions, family events and workshops happening all year round.
St Giles’ Cathedral
St Giles’ Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. With its famed crown spire it stands on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. It is the Mother Church of Presbyterianism.
Tantallon Castle is a formidable stronghold that stands on a cliff overlooking the Firth of Forth. It was the seat of the Douglas Earls of Angus, one of the most powerful baronial families in Scotland. There’s a visitor centre here too.
World of Illusions
At the World of Illusions, explore a mass of unique, hands on exhibits to do with light, illusion and the way we see the world! Head to the magic gallery or explore further to even more exciting exhibitions.