GR8LIST: Must do’s in Edinburgh


Explore Edinburgh Castle, stroll along the Royal Mile, visit the National Museum of Scotland, hike up Arthur's Seat, experience the vibrant atmosphere of the Grassmarket, and enjoy the city's rich history.

Rosslyn Chapel

Exterior shot of castle

Chapel Loan, Roslin EH25 9PU

Rosslyn Chapel, nestled near Edinburgh, captivates visitors with its intricate Gothic architecture and enigmatic symbolism. Built in the 15th century, it boasts elaborate carvings depicting biblical scenes, mythical creatures, and Masonic symbols. Steeped in legend and mystery, the chapel has inspired countless tales, including its association with the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail. Guided tours offer insights into its history and significance, making Rosslyn Chapel a must-visit destination for those intrigued by Scotland’s rich cultural heritage and esoteric lore.  |  |  tel:+441314402149

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Exterior of Holyrood House

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8DX

Located at the end of the Royal Mile, Edinburgh, The Palace of Holyroodhouse offers 900 years of Scottish Royal History. At the official residence of His Majesty The King in Scotland, visitors can admire exquisite artworks, lavish furnishings, and historic artifacts that once graced the royal chambers. From the opulent State Apartments to the serene King’s Gallery, the Collection showcases centuries of artistic and cultural treasures. Explore the Palace’s close associations with Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie, and learn how it’s used today by The King.

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The Omni Centre

List of shops

Greenside Row, Edinburgh EH1 3AU

The Omni Centre in Edinburgh stands as a bustling entertainment hub, offering a diverse array of attractions. With its multiplex cinema, lively bars, and eclectic dining options, it caters to all tastes and ages. Whether enjoying a blockbuster film, indulging in a gourmet meal, or seeking thrilling entertainment at the casino, visitors are sure to find something to delight them. Situated in the heart of the city, the Omni Centre is a vibrant destination that captures the essence of Edinburgh’s dynamic cultural scene.  |  |  tel:+441315247770

The Whiski Bar

Inside of bar with menu

119 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SG

The Whiski Bar in Edinburgh stands as a premier destination for whisky aficionados. With its cosy atmosphere and extensive selection of Scotch whiskies, it offers a quintessential Scottish experience. Patrons can sample rare malts, enjoy tasting flights, and indulge in whisky-themed cocktails crafted by skilled bartenders. The bar’s knowledgeable staff provide expert recommendations and insights into Scotland’s whisky heritage, ensuring every visitor finds a dram to suit their palate. Whether seeking a casual drink or a connoisseur’s adventure, The Whiski Bar delivers an unforgettable whisky journey in the heart of Edinburgh.  |  |  tel:+441315563095

Robert Graham 1874

whisky glass and bottle

194 Rose St, Edinburgh EH2 4AZ

Robert Graham, established in 1874 in Edinburgh, is renowned for its exquisite tobacco and pipe creations. With a legacy spanning over a century, the brand has become synonymous with quality craftsmanship and unparalleled expertise in the world of tobacco. From traditional pipe designs to innovative smoking accessories, Robert Graham continues to captivate aficionados worldwide. Its flagship store in Edinburgh remains a beacon for connoisseurs, offering a curated selection of premium tobacco blends and timeless smoking paraphernalia, preserving its heritage in the heart of Scotland’s capital.  |  tel:+441412487283

Old Town Pub Co.

Old Town Pub Map

Various locations across the Old Town

The Old Town Pub Co. is your one stop shop for fun in Edinburgh. Fifteen unique venues – from traditional pubs to underground night clubs and everything in between – smack bang in the middle of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Whether you want live music, epic whisky, six different football matches at once, somewhere to let loose on the dancefloor, or just to bask in the glory of a deep-fried mars bar – the Old Town Pub co. has got it all.  |  |  tel:+441312261402

City of Edinburgh Tours

image of old room

Old Police Box, 124a High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS

City of Edinburgh Tours provides captivating journeys through the city’s storied past and vibrant present. Led by knowledgeable guides, visitors explore iconic landmarks like Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile, delving into the rich history and intriguing tales that shape the city. With a variety of themed tours, including ghost walks and literary adventures, there’s something to pique the interest of every traveller. Whether discovering hidden gems or experiencing the bustling streets, City of Edinburgh Tours offers immersive experiences that showcase the city’s charm and allure.  |  |  tel:+441312206868

The Jazz Bar

Band set up

1a Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1HR

The Jazz Bar in Edinburgh is a vibrant hotspot for live music enthusiasts. With its intimate setting and eclectic lineup of jazz, blues, and funk acts, it offers unforgettable performances every night. Patrons can savour craft cocktails and local brews while tapping their feet to the rhythm of talented musicians from around the world. From sultry saxophone solos to energetic improvisations, The Jazz Bar delivers an immersive musical experience that embodies the soul of Edinburgh’s nightlife scene.  |  |  tel:+441312204298

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Image credits: ©: Sergii Figurnyi/; Robert Graham 1874; Bruce Taverns; The Omni Centre; City of Edinburgh Tours; Royal Collection Trust; The Jazz Bar; Whiski Bar; Rosslyn Chapel

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