Guidelet: Best of Edinburgh

A travel guide to Edinburgh, United Kingdom | Target Market: families, couples,tourists | A travel guide by: Rachael

Edinburgh is full of history and culture and this is a guide to the very best the city has to offer visitors.
Best of Edinburgh ", a travel guide to Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Summary of points of interest in this travel guide to Edinburgh, United Kingdom


Edinburgh Castle

Why visit:

This is a must see attraction on any visit to Edinburgh. It is full of history and heritage.

a day,varies,check site first option
at Castlehill


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Edinburgh Castle, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Ondine

Why visit:

This is a fabulous seafood restaurant and oyster bar in Edinburgh's Old Town.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at George 4th Bridge


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Ondine, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Gladstone's Land

Why visit:

This is a fascinating historic building that was the home of a gentleman who subsequently let the rooms to tenants. Very interesting to visit.

a day,varies,check site first option
at 477B Lawnmarket


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Gladstone

Deacon Brodie's Tavern

Why visit:

This is a historic pub in the heart of Edinburgh's old town.

a lunch,dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at 435 Lawnmarket


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Deacon Brodie

Cucina Restaurant

Why visit:

This is an excellent Italian restaurant within Hotel Missoni.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at Hotel Missoni


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Cucina Restaurant, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Dubh Prais

Why visit:

This is an excellent restaurant where Scottish cuisine is found.Reservations are advised.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 123b High Street


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Dubh Prais, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Scottish National Gallery

Why visit:

This is one of the best places in Edinburgh to see Scottish art. It is also free admission.

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at The Mound


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Scottish National Gallery, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Cranachan & Crowdie

Why visit:

This shop is lovely and has lots of Scottish crafts.

a day,varies,just show up option
at 263 Canongate


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Cranachan & Crowdie, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Chocolate Tree

Why visit:

This is a wonderful chocolate shop in Edinburgh.

a day,varies,just show up option
at 123 Bruntsfield Pl


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The Chocolate Tree, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Holyrood Park

Why visit:

If you feel like a run this is a beautiful place to jog.

a day,free,just show up option
at Queen's Dr


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Holyrood Park, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

National Museum of Scotland

Why visit:

This is a very interesting museum full of Scottish history.

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at Chambers St.


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National Museum of Scotland, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

St Giles' Cathedral

Why visit:

This is the home of the Chapel of the Order of the Knights of the Thistle, and is the most prominent church in Scotland.

a day,free,just show up option
at 375 High St.


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St Giles

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Why visit:

This royal palace is full of history and a must see sight in Edinburgh.

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at Canongate


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Palace of Holyroodhouse, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Oink

Why visit:

Run by local farmers, this is a great place to get a hog roast.

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at 34 Victoria Street


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Oink, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Scott Monument

Why visit:

This is a famous monument dedicated to Sir Walter Scott.

a day,free,just show up option
at Princes Street Gardens


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Scott Monument, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Writers' Museum

Why visit:

This museum is dedicated to the work of some of Edinburgh's most famous writers.

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at Lawnmarket


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The Writers

Angels With Bagpipes

Why visit:

This is a great restaurant on the Royal Mile.

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at 343 High St, Royal Mile


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Angels With Bagpipes, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Real Mary King's Close

Why visit:

This is a very different tour and explores the underground tenements once inhabited by people in Edinburgh.

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at 2 Warriston's Close, High Street


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The Real Mary King

Jenners (House of Fraser)

Why visit:

Jenners is a traditional department store in Edinburgh. The food hall is particularly good.

a day,lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 48 Princes St.


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Jenners (House of Fraser), a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Mary's Milk Bar

Why visit:

Located on Grassmarket, this traditional milk bar is a good place to get an ice cream.

a day,varies,just show up option
at 19 Grassmarket


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Mary

Greyfriars Bobby's Statue

Why visit:

This poignant statue of a small dog commemorates a very special story.

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at Candlemaker Row


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Greyfriars Bobby

The Balmoral Hotel

Why visit:

This is a lovely place to stay and to also enjoy afternoon tea.

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at 1 Princes St


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The Balmoral Hotel, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Royal Mile

Why visit:

Walking along this historic part of Edinburgh is fascinating. Don't forget to explore the narrow alleyways.

a day,night,free,just show up option
at 1 Princes St


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The Royal Mile, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Meadows

Why visit:

This is a lovely open space in Edinburgh.

a day,free,just show up option
at 1 Princes St


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The Meadows, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The People's Story

Why visit:

This is a fascinating museum about the people of Edinburgh.

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at 163 Canongate


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The People

Panda and Sons

Why visit:

This is a popular cocktail bar in Edinburgh.

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at Queen Street 79


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Panda and Sons, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Beehive Inn

Why visit:

This is a historic pub and is a great place to go for a drink.

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at 18 Grassmarket


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The Beehive Inn, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Princes Street Gardens

Why visit:

This is a beautiful garden in Edinburgh.

a day,free,just show up option
at Princes St.


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Princes Street Gardens, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Witchery By The Castle

Why visit:

This is a top restaurant in Edinburgh and is very atmospheric.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 352 Castlehill


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The Witchery By The Castle, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Scottish Storytelling Centre

Why visit:

This is a museum focused on Scottish stories.

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at 43-45 High St


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Scottish Storytelling Centre, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Scottish Parliament / Pàrlamaid na h-Alba

Why visit:

This is an iconic building in Edinburgh and the tours are very interesting.

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at Horse Wynd


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Scottish Parliament / Pàrlamaid na h-Alba, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Clarinda's

Why visit:

This is a very quirky tea room in Edinburgh.

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at 69 Cannongate


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Clarinda

Maxies Bistro & Wine Bar

Why visit:

This is a popular place to eat out in the Old Town.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 5b Johnston Terrace


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Maxies Bistro & Wine Bar, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Scotch Whisky Experience

Why visit:

This is a great place to learn about whisky.

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at 354 Castlehill


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The Scotch Whisky Experience, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Tartan Weaving Mill & Exhibition

Why visit:

This is an excellent place to learn about tartan.

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at 57-59 High Street


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Tartan Weaving Mill & Exhibition, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Why visit:

This is a fascinating place to visit and to see the city from a different perspective.

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at 549 Castlehill


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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Royal Lyceum Theatre

Why visit:

There are interesting concerts and plays here.

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at 30B Grindlay St


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Royal Lyceum Theatre, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Royal Yacht Britannia

Why visit:

Tour the Royal Yacht Britannia and see how royalty sails.

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at Ocean Terminal


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The Royal Yacht Britannia, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Spa Missoni

Why visit:

This is a wonderful place to get a massage in Edinburgh.

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at 1 George IV Bridge


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Spa Missoni, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Devil's Advocate

Why visit:

For a late night drink this is a popular bar in Edinburgh.

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at 1 George IV Bridge


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The Devil

Arthur's Seat

Why visit:

For stunning views of Edinburgh, get to the top of Arthurs Seat.

a day,free,just show up option
at Salisbury Crags


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Arthur

La Barantine

Why visit:

This is a beautiful patisserie in Edinburgh.

a lunch,varies,just show up option
at 202 Bruntsfield Pl


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La Barantine, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Tuk Tuk: Indian Street Food

Why visit:

This is a great Indian street food restaurant in Edinburgh.

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at 202 Bruntsfield Pl


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Tuk Tuk: Indian Street Food, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Mound

Why visit:

The views across Edinburgh are lovely from this area and you'll also find museums here.

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at The Mound


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The Mound, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Museum Of Fire

Why visit:

This is a museum dedicated to the fire service.

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at Lauriston Place


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Museum Of Fire, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - Off Inverleith House Lawn

Why visit:

This is a beautiful garden to explore in the centre of Edinburgh.

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at Entrances on Inverleith Row and Arboretum Place


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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - Off Inverleith House Lawn, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Gardener's Cottage

Why visit:

This is a delightful restaurant that serves local fresh food.

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at 1 Royal Terrace Gardens


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The Gardener

Harvey Nichols

Why visit:

This is a lovely place to go designer shopping.

a day,lunch,dinner,night,free,just show up option
at 30-34 St. Andrew Sq


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Harvey Nichols, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Burke and Hare

Why visit:

This is an interesting pub named after two of Scotland's most notorious characters.

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at 2 High Riggs


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The Burke and Hare, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station (EDB)

Why visit:

This is the main station in Edinburgh and has connections to other parts of Scotland and the UK.

a day,night,varies,just show up option
at Station Brae


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Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station (EDB), a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Bramble Bar & Lounge

Why visit:

This place serves some of the best cocktails in Edinburgh.

a dinner,night,just show up option
at 16A Queen Street


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Bramble Bar & Lounge, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

I J Mellis

Why visit:

This is a fabulous deli and one of the best places to buy cheese in town.

a day,varies,just show up option
at Victoria St.


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I J Mellis, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Ghillie Dhu

Why visit:

This bar is really lively and known for its ceilidh dancing.

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at 2 Rutland Pl


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Ghillie Dhu, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Chop Chop

Why visit:

This is a popular Chinese restaurant in Edinburgh, serving dishes popular in China.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 248 Morrison St.


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Chop Chop, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Our Dynamic Earth

Why visit:

This is a fascinating museum about natural sciences.

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at 112 Holyrood Rd


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Our Dynamic Earth, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Whistle Binkies

Why visit:

This is a busy bar in Edinburgh with live music.

a night,varies,just show up option
at 4-6 South Bridge


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Whistle Binkies, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Blackfriars Bar

Why visit:

This is a great bar and restaurant in Edinburgh's Old Town.

a lunch,dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at Blackfriars Street


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Blackfriars Bar, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Jazz Bar

Why visit:

This is a great place to chill out and listen to great music.

a night,varies,just show up option
at 1A Chambers Street


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The Jazz Bar, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Museum Brasserie

Why visit:

This is a great cafe to get lunch.

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at 1A Chambers Street


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Museum Brasserie, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Rosslyn Chapel

Why visit:

An exquisite and mysterious chapel just outside Edinburgh. The setting for the Da Vinci Code.

a day,free,just show up option
at Chapel Loan


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Rosslyn Chapel, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

South Bridge Vaults

Why visit:

Take a ghost tour here for a scary experience.

a night,fixed price,check site first option
at Chapel Loan


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South Bridge Vaults, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Museum Of Edinburgh

Why visit:

This is a very interesting museum about the city.

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at 142-146 Canongate


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Museum Of Edinburgh, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

White Horse Close

Why visit:

This is a hidden area behind the Royal Mile that has a lot of history.

a day,free,just show up option
at Canongate


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White Horse Close, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Dunbar's Close Garden

Why visit:

This is a secret garden along the Royal Mile.

a day,free,just show up option
at Dunbar's Close


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Dunbar

The Kitchin Restaurant

Why visit:

One of the best restaurants in Edinburgh.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 78 Commercial Street


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The Kitchin Restaurant, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Edinburgh Classic Tour

Why visit:

A bus tour of Edinburgh is a great way to get an overview of the city.

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at Waverley Bridge


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The Edinburgh Classic Tour, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Flodden Wall

Why visit:

This is part of the historic city wall in Edinburgh.

a day,free,just show up option
at Waverley Bridge


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Flodden Wall, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Floral Clock

Why visit:

Tell the time at this beautiful floral display in the city.

a day,free,just show up option
at Princes St Gardens


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Floral Clock, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

La Garrigue

Why visit:

This is a lovely place to eat which is just off the Royal Mile.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 31 Jeffery St


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La Garrigue, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Wedgwood

Why visit:

This is a popular and very good restaurant in Edinburgh.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 267 Canongate


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Wedgwood, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Dragonfly

Why visit:

This is a great place to get cocktails in Edinburgh.

a night,varies,just show up option
at 52 West Port


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Dragonfly, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Flux - Scottish Artisans Gallery

Why visit:

This is a lovely place to find Scottish arts and crafts

a day,varies,check site first option
at 55 Bernard Street


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Flux - Scottish Artisans Gallery, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Teuchters Landing

Why visit:

This is an award wining bar in Leith, Edinburgh.

a lunch,dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at 1C Dock Pl


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Teuchters Landing, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Why visit:

This is an interesting gallery to see paintings of Scots.

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at 1 Queen St


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Scottish National Portrait Gallery, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Lauriston Gardens

Why visit:

These are lovely gardens to walk in close to the Old Town.

a day,free,just show up option
at 1 Queen St


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Lauriston Gardens, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Water Of Leith Walkway

Why visit:

This is a beautiful place to walk and cycle in Edinburgh.

a day,lunch,dinner,night,free,just show up option
at Leith


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Water Of Leith Walkway, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Sheep Heid Inn

Why visit:

A lovely old pub in Edinburgh, this is a great place to spend an evening.

a lunch,dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at 43-45 The Causeway


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The Sheep Heid Inn, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Stockbridge

Why visit:

Take time to explore Stockbridge with its delightful shops and cafes.

a day,lunch,dinner,free,just show up option
at 43-45 The Causeway


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Stockbridge, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh Zoo

Why visit:

One of the best zoos in the UK, this is a superb day out.

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at 43-45 The Causeway


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Edinburgh Zoo, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Liquid Room

Why visit:

This is a funky underground nightclub in Edinburgh.

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at 9C Victoria St


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The Liquid Room, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh Folk Club

Why visit:

If you want to learn traditional folk dancing, this is the place to come.

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at 9C Victoria St


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Edinburgh Folk Club, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Aha Ha Ha

Why visit:

This is a great joke shop in Edinburgh.

a day,varies,just show up option
at 99 West Bow


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Aha Ha Ha, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Armstrongs Vintage

Why visit:

If you like vintage clothing this shop is a treasure trove.

a day,varies,just show up option
at 81-83 Grassmarket


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Armstrongs Vintage, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Caves

Why visit:

An underground night club in the spooky South Vaults of the city.

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at 8-12 Niddry St. S


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The Caves, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Royal Commonwealth Pool

Why visit:

The Commie is a great place to go for a swim in Edinburgh.

a day,varies,check site first option
at 21 Dalkeith Road


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Royal Commonwealth Pool, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Edinburgh Dungeon

Why visit:

This is a popular attraction displaying some of the darker historical events in Edinburgh.

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at 31 Market St


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The Edinburgh Dungeon, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh

Why visit:

This is a popular hotel in the centre of Edinburgh.

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at 80 High Street The Royal Mile


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Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Edinburgh Larder

Why visit:

For Scottish food this is a great place to visit.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 15 Blackfriars St.


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The Edinburgh Larder, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Portobello

Why visit:

Edinburgh has a beach at Portobello which is a great place for a walk.

a day,free,just show up option
at 15 Blackfriars St.


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Portobello, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Surgeons' Hall Museum

Why visit:

A fascinating place to see some of the medical history in the city.

a day,fixed price,check site first option
at Nicolson St.


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Surgeons

The Scottish National War Memorial

Why visit:

This is a poignant memorial and very interesting to see.

a day,varies,check site first option
at Edinburgh Castle


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The Scottish National War Memorial, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One

Why visit:

This is a popular gallery in Scotland specialising in Modern Art.

a day,varies,check site first option
at 75 Belford Rd


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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Bruntsfield Golf Club

Why visit:

This is one of the smallest golf courses around and in the middle of the city.

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at Barnton Ave


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Bruntsfield Golf Club, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Murrayfield

Why visit:

This is a famous place to watch rugby.

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at Corstorphine Rd


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Murrayfield, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Tron Kirk

Why visit:

This is a historic church in Edinburgh.

a day,free,just show up option
at High St


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Tron Kirk, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Jupiter Artland

Why visit:

This is a beautiful sculpture park in Edinburgh.

a day,free,just show up option
at Bonnington House


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Jupiter Artland, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Princes Mall

Why visit:

This is a lovely shopping mall in Edinburgh.

a day,lunch,dinner,night,free,just show up option
at Princes St.


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Princes Mall, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Kinloch Anderson

Why visit:

This is a traditional kiltmaker in Edinburgh.

a day,varies,just show up option
at Princes St.


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Kinloch Anderson, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Oxford Bar

Why visit:

This pub is famous as a feature of Ian Rankin's novels. Ian Rankin is a crime writer living in Edinburgh.

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at 8 Young St.


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The Oxford Bar, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Peter's Yard

Why visit:

This is a lovely Scandinavian style deli.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 27 Simpson Loan


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Peter

Canongate Mercat Cross

Why visit:

A historic landmark where business traders met to make deals.

a day,free,just show up option
at Canongate


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Canongate Mercat Cross, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh Farmers' Market

Why visit:

This is a popular Saturday morning event in Edinburgh and a great place to find Scottish food.

a day,free,check site first option
at Castle Terr


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Edinburgh Farmers

Stockbridge Market

Why visit:

This is a fun Sunday market in Edinburgh.

a day,lunch,varies,check site first option
at 1 Saunders St


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Stockbridge Market, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

L'escargot Blanc

Why visit:

This is a great French restaurant in Edinburgh.

a dinner,varies,just show up option
at Queensferry Rd


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Roseleaf Bar Café

Why visit:

At this cafe you can get cocktails in teapots.

a day,lunch,varies,just show up option
at 23-24 Sandport Pl


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Roseleaf Bar Café, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Hanging Bat

Why visit:

This is a popular bar in EDinburgh.

a dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at 133 Lothian Rd


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The Hanging Bat, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Mums Great Comfort Food

Why visit:

This cheap and popular cafe is a great place to eat haggis.

a day,lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 4A Forrest Rd


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Mums Great Comfort Food, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Fruitmarket Gallery

Why visit:

This is a lovely art gallery in EDinburgh.

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at 45 Market St.


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The Fruitmarket Gallery, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

North Bridge

Why visit:

There are lovely views of the Castle and Old Town from this bridge at night.

a day,night,free,just show up option
at North Bridge


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North Bridge, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Scotsman Steps

Why visit:

With over 100 different types of marble these steps join the old and new town in Edinburgh.

a day,night,free,check site first option
at North Bridge


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Scotsman Steps, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Manna House Bakery & Patisserie

Why visit:

This is a great bakery in Edinburgh.

a day,lunch,varies,just show up option
at 22–24 Easter Road


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The Manna House Bakery & Patisserie, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Lovecrumbs

Why visit:

This is a lovely place to go for coffee and cakes.

a day,lunch,varies,just show up option
at 155 Westport


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Lovecrumbs, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Victoria Street

Why visit:

This historic street is full of shops and cafes and curves around.

a day,lunch,dinner,free,just show up option
at 155 Westport


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Victoria Street, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Apex International Hotel

Why visit:

This is a lovely hotel in the centre of the Old Town

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at 31-35 Grassmarket


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Apex International Hotel, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

easyHotel Edinburgh

Why visit:

This is a cheap place to stay in Edinburgh

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at 125a Princes Street


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easyHotel Edinburgh, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Cammo Estate

Why visit:

This is a beautiful park in Edinburgh that is ideal for a walk.

a day,free,just show up option
at 125a Princes Street


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Cammo Estate, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

George Square

Why visit:

Walk on the Labyrinth in George Square Gardens.

a day,free,just show up option
at George Square


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George Square, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Lickity Splits

Why visit:

This is a delightful sweet shop in Edinburgh.

a day,varies,just show up option
at George Square


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Lickity Splits, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

One Spa

Why visit:

Try the rooftop pool at this lovely spa.

a day,varies,check site first option
at 8 Conference Sq.


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One Spa, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Dovecot Studios

Why visit:

This is an interesting gallery where you can see artists at work.

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at Infirmary St.


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Dovecot Studios, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Black Medicine Coffee Co.

Why visit:

This is a great place to get coffee and read the papers.

a day,lunch,varies,just show up option
at 2 Nicolson St


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The Black Medicine Coffee Co., a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Blackness Castle

Why visit:

This is a historic castle just outside Edinburgh.

a day,varies,check site first option
at Blackness


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Blackness Castle, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

One O'clock Gun

Why visit:

The One O Clock Gun fires daily.

a day,free,check site first option
at Blackness


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One O

Nelson Monument

Why visit:

This monument is shaped like a telescope and has wonderful views of the city.

a day,free,just show up option
at Calton Hill


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Nelson Monument, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh Playhouse

Why visit:

Check out the programme of plays and concerts at this venue.

a night,varies,check site first option
at 18-22 Greenside Pl


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Edinburgh Playhouse, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Leo's Beanery

Why visit:

This is a great coffee shop in Edinburgh.

a day,lunch,varies,just show up option
at 23A Howe St


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Leo

Scottish Poetry Library

Why visit:

This is an amazing collection of poetry.

a day,free,check site first option
at 5 Crichton's Close


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Scottish Poetry Library, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Urban Angel

Why visit:

This is a lovely deli in Edinburgh.

a day,lunch,varies,just show up option
at 121 Hanover St


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Urban Angel, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

21212 | Restaurant

Why visit:

This is a lovely Michelin star restaurant in EDinburgh.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 3 Royal Terrace


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21212 | Restaurant, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Dogs

Why visit:

One of Edinburgh's most popular bistros.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 110 Hanover St


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The Dogs, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Burns Monument

Why visit:

This is an iconic Edinburgh monument.

a day,free,just show up option
at 110 Hanover St


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Burns Monument, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Calton Hill

Why visit:

This hill is a great place to watch the sun rise and to see the views across Edinburgh.

a day,free,just show up option
at Regent Rd.


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Calton Hill, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Valvona & Crolla VinCaffè

Why visit:

This is the perfect place to enjoy chocolate.

a day,lunch,varies,just show up option
at 11 Multrees Walk


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Valvona & Crolla VinCaffè, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

St James Shopping Centre

Why visit:

This is a pleasant mall for shopping.

a day,lunch,dinner,night,free,just show up option
at 1 Leith St


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St James Shopping Centre, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

St. Andrew Square

Why visit:

This is a pleasant square in Edinburgh and where many buses arrive and depart.

a day,free,just show up option
at St. Andrew Square


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St. Andrew Square, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Jamhouse

Why visit:

Listen to live music at the Jam House.

a night,varies,check site first option
at 5 Queen St.


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Jamhouse, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Deep Sea World

Why visit:

Enjoy the underwater world at this aquarium.

a day,fixed price,check site first option
at Battery Quarry


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Deep Sea World, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Rhubarb Restaurant

Why visit:

This is a lovely restaurant to enjoy a meal in Edinburgh.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at Priestfield Road


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Rhubarb Restaurant, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Why visit:

A simple gallery in Edinburgh with changing exhibitions.

a day,varies,check site first option
at Canongate, The Royal Mile


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The Queen

Godiva

Why visit:

An eclectic boutique specialising in vintage and modern clothing in Edinburgh.

a day,varies,just show up option
at St James Centre


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Godiva, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Livingstone Monument

Why visit:

This is a monument to the famous explorer, David Livingstone.

a day,free,just show up option
at E. Princess St. Gdns.


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Livingstone Monument, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Baberton Golf Club

Why visit:

Enjoy a game of golf at this famous course.

a day,varies,check site first option
at 50 Baberton Avenue


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Baberton Golf Club, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Mr Wood's Fossils

Why visit:

This is an unusual shop specialising in fossils.

a day,varies,just show up option
at Cowgatehead


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Mr Wood

Royal Mile Whiskies

Why visit:

This is a good place to buy whisky- and get a taste.

a day,varies,just show up option
at 379 High St.


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Royal Mile Whiskies, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Bongo Club

Why visit:

A wierd and wonderful nightclub in Edinburgh.

a night,varies,check site first option
at 66 Cowgate


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Bongo Club, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Cabaret Voltaire

Why visit:

An unusual night club with lots of small rooms.

a night,varies,check site first option
at 36-38 Blair St


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Cabaret Voltaire, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Amber Whisky Bar & Restaurant

Why visit:

A whisky bar and restaurant- and even the food has a whisky theme.

a lunch,dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at 36-38 Blair St


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Amber Whisky Bar & Restaurant, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Greyfriars Kirk

Why visit:

A historic church in Edinburgh and the site of executions.

a day,free,just show up option
at Greyfriars Pl.


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Greyfriars Kirk, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Timberyard

Why visit:

This is a lovely restaurant with excellent food- created from a wood yard.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at Lady Lawson St


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Timberyard, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Hermitage Of Braid

Why visit:

This is a beautiful valley with walking trails close to Edinburgh.

a day,free,just show up option
at Lady Lawson St


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Hermitage Of Braid, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Mother India's Cafe

Why visit:

This is a lovely place to get an Indian meal.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 3-5 Infirmary St


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Mother India

Newhaven Harbour

Why visit:

This is a delightful fishing community. You can get boat trips from here too.

a day,free,just show up option
at Pier Place


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Newhaven Harbour, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Leith Walk

Why visit:

This is a great place to see some of the best street art in the city.

a day,free,just show up option
at Pier Place


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Leith Walk, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Leith Links

Why visit:

This golf course is where the rules of the game were first devised.

a day,varies,check site first option
at Pier Place


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Leith Links, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Stockbridge Tap

Why visit:

This is a lovely pub to have a drink.

a day,lunch,dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at 2-6 Raeburn Pl


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Stockbridge Tap, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Channings

Why visit:

Shackleton once lived in part of this hotel.

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at 12 South Learmonth Gardens


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Channings, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Deadhead Comics

Why visit:

This is a shop full of vintage comics.

a day,varies,just show up option
at Candlemaker Row


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Deadhead Comics, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Shiela Fleet

Why visit:

A shop full of beautiful designer jewellery.

a day,varies,just show up option
at Candlemaker Row


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Shiela Fleet, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

lime blue

Why visit:

This is an amazing jewellery store.

a day,varies,just show up option
at Candlemaker Row


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lime blue, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Jo Malone

Why visit:

This is a lovely perfumery in Edinburgh.

a day,varies,just show up option
at George street


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Jo Malone, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Jo Jo's Danish Bakery

Why visit:

This is a great place to stop for tea and cake.

a day,lunch,varies,just show up option
at 26 St Mary's Street


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Jo Jo

Paper Tiger

Why visit:

This is a beautiful shop with books and stationery.

a day,varies,just show up option
at 53 Lothian Rd


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Paper Tiger, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Tigerlily

Why visit:

This is a chic and sophisticated bar and a great place to sip a cocktail.

a lunch,dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at 125 George St


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Tigerlily, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Broughton Delicatessen & Café

Why visit:

This is a good place to stop for lunch.

a day,lunch,varies,just show up option
at 7 Barony St


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Broughton Delicatessen & Café, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Locanda De Gusti

Why visit:

This is a super Italian bistro in town.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 7-11 East London St.


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Locanda De Gusti, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Canny Man's

Why visit:

This is a great pub in Edinburgh, renowned for a good atmosphere.

a dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at 237 Morningside Rd


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The Canny Man

Fabhatrix

Why visit:

This is a beautiful hat shop in the middle of Edinburgh.

a day,varies,just show up option
at 13 Cowgatehead


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Fabhatrix, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Charlotte Square

Why visit:

This is an Adam designed square in Edinburgh.

a day,free,just show up option
at 13 Cowgatehead


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Charlotte Square, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Mansfield Place Church

Why visit:

This church has an interesting design and some beautiful frescoes.

a day,free,just show up option
at East London Street


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Mansfield Place Church, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

City Of The Dead Haunted Graveyard Tour

Why visit:

For a really scary experience the City of the Dead Tour is hard to beat.

a night,varies,check site first option
at East London Street


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City Of The Dead Haunted Graveyard Tour, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Duddingston

Why visit:

This is a picturesque village which is a lovely place to explore.

a day,free,just show up option
at East London Street


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Duddingston, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

St Bernard's Well

Why visit:

This is a spring with mineral properties in Stockbridge.

a day,free,just show up option
at East London Street


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St Bernard

Omar Khayyam

Why visit:

This is a popular Punjabi restaurant in Edinburgh.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 1 Grosvenor St


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Omar Khayyam, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

KanPai Sushi

Why visit:

This is an excellent place to get sushi in Edinburgh.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 8-10 Grindlay St


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KanPai Sushi, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

One World Shop

Why visit:

This is a lovely shop with items from all over the world.

a day,varies,just show up option
at St Johns Church, Princes Street


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One World Shop, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Social Bite

Why visit:

This is a cafe with a difference. if you buy an extra or suspended coffee here- it is given to a homeless person.

a day,lunch,varies,just show up option
at 131 Rose St


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Social Bite, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

National Museum of Flight

Why visit:

This is an interesting aviation museum and visitors can see Concorde here.

a day,fixed price,check site first option
at East Fortune Airfield


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National Museum of Flight, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Gorgie City Farm

Why visit:

Kids will enjoy a visit to this lovely city farm.

a day,varies,check site first option
at 51 Gorgie Rd.


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Gorgie City Farm, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

National War Museum of Scotland

Why visit:

This is a very interesting display of the war history in Scotland.

a day,fixed price,check site first option
at Edinburgh Castle


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National War Museum of Scotland, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Cuckoo's Bakery

Why visit:

This is a great bakery in town and perfect for coffee and cakes.

a day,lunch,varies,just show up option
at 150 Dundas St


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Cuckoo

Argyle Backpackers

Why visit:

This is a very popular hostel for backpackers.

a day,lunch,dinner,night,varies,check site first option
at 14 argyle place


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Argyle Backpackers, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Millers 64

Why visit:

This is a Victorian townhouse hotel in Edinburgh.

a day,lunch,dinner,night,varies,check site first option
at 14 argyle place


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Millers 64, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Galerie Mirages

Why visit:

This is a lovely place to shop for jewellery and gifts.

a day,varies,check site first option
at 14 argyle place


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Galerie Mirages, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Malt Shovel

Why visit:

This is a very traditional pub with hundreds of varieties of whisky.

a night,varies,just show up option
at 11 Cockburn Street


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Malt Shovel, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Plumed Horse

Why visit:

This is an elegant and atmospheric restaurant with high quality food.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 50-54 Henderson St.


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The Plumed Horse, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

George Street

Why visit:

This street is full of designer boutiques.

a day,free,just show up option
at George St.


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George Street, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

George Heriot's School

Why visit:

One of the most impressive buildings in the Old Town, this was once a school for orphans.

a day,free,just show up option
at Lauriston Pl.


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George Heriot

Gordons Trattoria

Why visit:

Enjoy a pizza at this delightful cafe on the Royal Mile.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 231 High Street


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Gordons Trattoria, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Leven's

Why visit:

A popular high quality restaurant in Edinburgh.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 30-32 Leven St


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Leven

Illegal Jack's South West Grill

Why visit:

This is a popular Southern style grill restaurant.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 113-117 Lothian Rd


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Illegal Jack

Filmhouse

Why visit:

Watch an independent movie at the Filmhouse.

a night,varies,check site first option
at 88 Lothian Rd


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Filmhouse, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Dancebase

Why visit:

You can learn how to do a Highland dance here.

a day,night,varies,check site first option
at Grassmarket


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Dancebase, a tour attraction in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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