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Edinburgh Attractions

Edinburgh regularly features in surveys of the top cities to visit in Europe and one of the main reasons why it is such an appealing destination is the quality and diversity of its attractions. Whatever your particular interest, from art and architecture to wildlife and whisky Edinburgh promises an unrivalled selection of galleries, museums, castles, cathedrals, zoos, gardens and interpretation centres that are guaranteed to entertain and inspire, inform and enthuse..

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is an ancient stronghold perched on top the craggy remains of an extinct volcano. It was believed to have been the site of an Iron Age fort. Among its attractions are the Great Hall, a great siege gun Mons Meg, and the tiny room where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI of Scotland and I of England. It has been in use by assorted military forces since prehistoric times and only transferred from the Ministry of Defence recently.

Hotels near Edinburgh Castle
Apex Grassmarket Hotel (formerly Apex International Hotel)4 starfrom £74.25
Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel4 starfrom £80.75
Grassmarket Hotel3 starfrom £68.00
Royal Overseas League Hotel3 starfrom £100.00
GandV Royal Mile Hotel, Edinburgh5 starfrom £98.70
Craigmillar Castle

Craigmillar Castle

Classic Gothic-looking castle that was built by extremely wealthy merchant family, the Prestons in 1635-1639. Mary Queen of Scots stayed here and the Stuart family used it much like a holiday home from Holyrood Palace. Offers educational tours. Open 9.30am-6.30pm.

Hotels near Craigmillar Castle
The Cameron BandB3 starfrom £50.00
Kildonan Lodge Hotel4 starfrom £65.00
The Glenisla from £40.00
The Northumberland Hotel from £55.00
Prestonfield House5 starfrom £170.00
Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo opened in 1913, in leafy hillside parkland just ten minutes from the centre of Edinburgh. Recognised as one of the world's leading zoos, it is involved in many conservation breeding programmes, and gives the highest priority to the welfare, both physical and behavioural, of the animals in its care.The Zoo in Winter:Even when the weather's cold or rainy, there's always so much to see and do at Edinburgh Zoo! There are numerous animal talks which happen daily, giving visitors the opportunity to learn more about their favourite animals. The famous 'Penguin Parade' takes place daily, where our penguins take a stroll (or a waddle!) around the outside their enclosure. Also be sure to check out the world's largest chimpanzee enclosure, Budongo Trail and learn about our nearest relatives; or choose to touch the rainbow and feed our beautiful rainbow lorikeet birds in our Australian themed walk-through aviary. There are also animal handling opportunities in our 'Close Encounters sessions.

Hotels near Edinburgh Zoo
Holiday Inn Edinburgh4 starfrom £40.00
The Agenda Hotel and Restaurant from £50.00
Featherhall Garden Court Apartments from £89.00
Murrayfield Park Guest House from £19.00
Edinburgh Capital Hotel3 starfrom £49.00

Other Attraction near Edinburgh

  • Rosslyn Chapel - Built in 1446, the chapel is steeped in symbolism, mysticism and references to the Knights of the Templar, Freemasonary and the pagan "Green Man".
  • Dynamic Earth - Brand new purpose-built exhibition tented amphitheatre that attempts to chart the evolution of the earth from early beginnings using elevent art earthscapes.
  • Calton Hill - One of Edinburgh's many hills, it is unmistakable with its Athenian style acropolis poking above the skyline.