What to do in Edinburgh? Purchase an Edinburgh Castle admission ticket and explore the fortress that defines the skyline and history of the Scottish capital.
- Be dazzled by the Honours of Scotland, Britain’s oldest crown jewels
- See the Stone of Destiny, Scotland’s inauguration stone, removed by the English in 1296 and returned in 1996
- Set your watch by the One o’Clock Gun, fired daily except Sundays
- Enter Edinburgh’s oldest building, St Margaret’s Chapel, built around 1130 by David I
- Admire the late-medieval ceiling of the Great Hall, built around 1510 for James IV
- Look for Mons Meg, a huge, late-medieval siege cannon, among the castle artillery
Climb Castlehill to visit this mighty fortress and former royal house, now a major part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh. Crown jewels from Scotland are among the national treasures on display inside the walls of the castle.
To this day the Edinburgh Castle remains an active military base. An annual highlight is the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo which is held every August on Castle Esplanade.
No travel to Scotland’s capital is complete without a visit to Edinburgh Castle-voted Best UK Heritage Attraction in a row at the British Travel Awards for the fourth year.
Edinburgh Castle is also a famous filming location and features as a starring James McAvoy in the film adaptation of Irvine Welsh novel Filth.
Top attractions in Edinburgh
Here are some top attractions in Edinburgh you could visit and enjoy. There are, of course, dozens of attractions and landmarks in Edinburgh worth visiting and learning about the history of this amazing city.
From its position on the Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress that dominates the skyline of Edinburgh, Scotland's capital. Since at least the Iron Age, archaeologists have established...
Inaugurated in 1998, the National Museum of Scotland's modern building houses over 10,000 objects including countless works of art, jewelry, and weapons showing the culture and history of the country.
Palace of Holyroodhouse is the Queen Elizabeth II official residence in Scotland. Commonly referred to as Holyroodhouse Palace, it was built originally as a monastery at the end of the...
Edinburgh and United Kingdom travel guides
Here are handy travel guides about Edinburgh and United Kingdom so you can learn a thing or two about these destinations. For a comprehensive list of our travel guides, please visit our travel guides page.
Edinburgh is the capital and second largest city of Scotland, sitting in the Central Belt of the country. It has an elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical houses...
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Top hotels in Edinburgh
Edinburgh has dozens of hotels of various star ratings, together with other lodging solutions, such as guest houses, hostels, and Airbnb. Bellow are some top hotel recommendations from our website. For a general hotel search, check the form at the bottom of this page or our hotel booking page.
The Witchery by the Castle offers a range of Edinburgh‘s opulent suites, each unique with its own special features. The suites are lavishly furnished and feature Gothic touches, large oak beds...
Located in Edinburgh, Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel is just meters from Princes Street and George Street. The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen smart TV, 300 thread count bed linen,...
Offering a Michelin-starred restaurant, a pool and a gym, The Balmoral Hotel is located on Princes Street. Waverley Station and the main shopping area of Edinburgh are a 5-minute walk...
The Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa overlooks Edinburgh Castle in the financial district, next to the business and entertainment area of the West End and a 5-minute walk from Princes...
Located just a 1-minute walk from Princes Street in Edinburgh, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian luxury hotel features a modern leisure club and unimpeded views of Edinburgh Castle. The...
The Old Town Chambers apartment hotel provides contemporary, luxury flats with free Wi-Fi and a key place in Edinburgh, a 2-minute walk from Waverley Railway Station and a 5-minute walk...
Cheap flights and hotels discounts for Edinburgh
The peak season for flights to Edinburgh is January, March and October. The low season for purchasing tickets is May, July and August.
Edinburgh is served by Edinburgh Airport. Direct flights to Edinburgh are offered by 28 airlines. Most flights are with Access Rail. Direct flights from Edinburgh, United States are airlines: American Airlines, United Airlines, Lufthansa, Air Canada, KLM and Air France from New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston and Philadelphia.
Edinburgh and United Kingdom attractions and landmarks
Here are some of the most popular attractions and landmarks in Edinburgh and in the UK.