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  • 1 National Museum of Scotland Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    st. Chambers GB - Edinburgh EH1 1JF

    Two adjoining buildings make up the National Museum of Scotland. The Royal Museum, housed in a masterpiece of Victorian architecture, exhibits disparate collections: fossils, furniture, decorative arts, stuffed animals etc. The Museum of Scotland, me..

  • 2 Charlotte Square Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    sq. Charlotte GB - Edinburgh

    Designed by Robert Adam in 1791, this square is delightful for the harmony and elegance of the its façades, especially on the north side. You will be impressed by the detail of the lattices enrich this square. If you would like to immerse yourself in..

  • 3 Royal Botanic Garden Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    20A Inverleith Row GB - Edinburgh EH3 5LR

    The origins of this garden, a veritable haven but also a research tool, dates back to the late 17C. The rhododendrons are one of the estate's main attractions. You can wander around the winding paths inside the futuristic greenhouses (1967) between t..

  • 4 Edinburgh Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Castlehill GB - Edinburgh EH1 2NG

    Perched on the Castle Rock site, the castle looks impressive. By turns, fortress, royal residence and military garrison, the castle is an ensemble of buildings built on several levels of a more civil than military appearance and joined by cobbled pat..

  • 5 Royal Mile Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Royal Mile GB - Edinburgh

    The main street of the old town runs from the castle following the coast road towards the Abbey and the palace. Daniel Defoe wrote of the street, at the beginning of the 18C, «It's probably the largest longest and most beautiful street, not just in E..

  • 6 St Giles' Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    The Royal Mile GB - Edinburgh EH1 1RE

    This Presbyterian cathedral dates for the most part from the 15th C. but suffered at the hands of untoward restorers who altered the Cathedral to its detriment in the 19th C. The only original section of the external part of the church is the crown-s..

  • 7 National Gallery of Scotland Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    The Mound GB - Edinburgh EH1 2EL

    This huge, classic style building contains painting collections exhibited in rooms furnished according to the period and connected by arched passageways. The museum exhibits important European works from the Renaissance and Postimpressionist era (Raf..

  • 8 Edinburgh Zoo Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    134 rd. Corstophine GB - Edinburgh EH12 6TS

    The famous collection of penguins in Edinburgh (colony of 30 Emperor penguins and a hundred papoose penguins) is the most popular attraction with the daily penguin parade. As well as visiting, common animal species, don't miss out on some indigenous ..

  • 9 Victoria Street and West Bow Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. Victoria GB - Edinburgh

    This cobbled Edinburgh street runs down from the Royal Mile to Grassmarket and is the finest in the Old Town, bordered by houses which are now brightly coloured restaurants and shops.

  • 10 Gladstone's Land Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    477b Lawnmarket GB - Edinburgh EH1 2NT

    This narrow six-floored house typifies 17th C Edinburgh with its height - all 17th C. buildings at this time were built tall. A shop is laid out under the arches on the ground-floor whilst apartments occupy the upper floors.

  • 11 Canongate Tolbooth - People's Story Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    163 Canongate GB - Edinburgh EH8 8BN

    Canongate was a small town that was independent of Edinburgh and which was restored in the 20C. In this beautiful 16C edifice and old administrative building, you can visit the Popular History Museum which opens your eyes to everyday life in Scotland..

  • 12 Scottish Parliament Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Canongate GB - Edinburgh EH99 1SP

    The new Scottish Parliament building is due to be inaugurated in 2004. The design is credited to the Catalonian architect Enric Mirales. The building is formed of groups of small buildings that form a scallop shell shapes, linked together by glass co..

  • 13 Scottish National Portrait Gallery Interesting

    Museums and art

    st. Queen GB - Edinburgh EH2 1JD

    Taken from the words of the museum's benefactor who is also the owner of The Scotsman newspaper, the Gallery promises to illustrate Scotland's history «through portraits of the country's important historical figures». This Italian gothic style museum..

  • 14 Dundas House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    26 sq. St Andrew GB - Edinburgh

    A three-floored building purchased by the Bank of Scotland in 1825 has a hallway to be admired, with its column capitals and keystones embellished in gold leaf.

  • 15 Princes Street Gardens Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    West Princes Street Gardens GB - Edinburgh

    The Nor'Loch valley was filled when development work started on the new town, then made into gardens reserved for the residents of the town. They were finally open to the public in 1876 and today offer an agreeable place to take refuge from the commo..

  • 16 Royal Yacht Britannia Interesting

    Museums and art

    Ocean Drive Leith GB - Edinburgh EH6 6JJ

    Britannia set sail from a naval shipyard on the Clyde in April 1953. A symbol of post imperial loyalty, the vessel was decommissioned to in 1997; it had travelled by then more than 2 million kilometres. You can stroll round the floating palace, the e..

  • 17 Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Interesting

    Museums and art

    75 rd. Belford GB - Edinburgh EH4 3DR

    A wood-panelled location houses the sculptures of Bourdelle, Epstein, Hepworth, Moore and Rickey; the museum is found in an imposing neo-classical building. The collection stresses Scottish art of the 20th century it also offers the visitor an excell..

  • 18 Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two (Dean Gallery) Interesting

    Museums and art

    75 rd. Belford GB - Edinburgh EH4 3DS

    The gallery is located in an imposing neo-Classical building, built by architect Thomas Hamilton in 1833. The collection brings 20C Scottish art to the fore, offering a survey of international movements, from Fauvism to contemporary artists (Freud, B..

  • 19 Craigmillar Castle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rd. Craigmillar Castle GB - Edinburgh EH16 4SY

    Very impressive 14C ruined fortress, scene of the darkest hours of the Stuarts.

  • 20 St Cuthbert's Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    st. Main GB - Dalmeny EH30 9TQ

    The simplicity of the layout of this fine Norman church is evident from the outside: a massive west tower, added by Lorimer in the 20C, stands next to a long nave with a fairly short choir at one end and a semicircular apse. The best feature is the s..

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