Here are a few of Edinburgh's Many  tourist attractions

 to enable you to plan some great days out.

Also known as the "Athens of the North", Edinburgh can be rightfully called one of the most beautiful capitals in Europe. Its distinctive and unique skyline follows closely that of Venice. The beauty of this historic City lies in the fact that it preserved over the years its own atmosphere, a medieval one you might say. The buildings, the castle, the statues breathe with history. It's as if every corner of the city has its own story which awaits to be uncovered.

Its beauty also lies in the variety that is specific to Edinburgh: cathedrals, old kirks and buildings, a castle situated right in the middle of the city, beautiful gardens at the bottom of the Castle Rock, haunting kirkyards. One can go shopping in luxurious stores such as Jenners and Harvey Nichols or relax in the Docks area (Leith) and last but by no means least the Edinburgh Festival is the event of the year which lasts throughout the month of August. The Edinburgh Festival attracts tens of thousands of tourists every year who enjoy the Festival shows as well as the famous Edinburgh Tattoo

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The Castle Esplanade is the venue of the world-famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Since 1950 the Edinburgh Military Tattoo has been an impressive annual event, held during the period of the International Festival on the Castle Esplanade (three weeks in August). The Army presents a lively programme of music, marching and historical re-enactments under floodlights before large and appreciative audiences.  Add to this the spectacular setting of the Castle Esplanade, the ramparts, the delicate play of light, together with the excited murmur and applause of 9,000 spectators, and you have the recipe for an experience never to be forgotten.



Take an exciting journey through a tropical rainforest, experience the life and learn about the creatures. This tropical paradise is landscaped with waterfalls, ponds and exotic flowering plants. Visitors walk through observing the butterflies' natural behaviour as they fly, feed and lay eggs. See exotic butterflies and tropical birds flying free, handle snakes and spiders, see poisonous frogs and scorpions, leaf cutter ants and much much more.

The 'Bugs and Beasties' exhibition includes tarantulas, stick insects, leaf-cutting ants, scorpions and frogs. 'Meet the Beasties' sessions are held daily, where visitors are encouraged to handle some of our friendly creatures.



After the Tower of London, Edinburgh Castle is the next most visited ancient monument in Britain, today Edinburgh Castle receives over 1 million visitors a year, as well as serving as Headquarters of the Scottish Division, and Regimental Headquarters for The Royal Scots and Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

Edinburgh Castle is situated on an extinct volcanic outcrop high above the city where it dominates the skyline. The castle is also home to "The Honours Scotland" which are the oldest crown jewels in Britain. Displayed beside them is the "Stone of Destiny", the ancient coronation stone of the Kings Of Scotland. 




Edinburgh is a shopaholics paradise, a wonderful shopping destination that provides endless opportunities for retail therapy. The range of goods on offer is as diverse as the city of Edinburgh itself with many of the architecturally stunning buildings playing host to a staggering array of upmarket and designer shops. What ever you are looking for you will find it here - as well as the many designer boutiques it hosts a diverse collection of upmarket shops, cafés and restaurants where you'll discover exciting specialties and eccentricities.






Real History, horror and humour bring gruesome goings-on in the past back to life in the 21st century. The Edinburgh Dungeon invites you to a feast of fun with history's horrible bits. Live actors, rides, shows and special effects transport you back to those black, bleak times



The wildest visitor attraction in Scotland, this leading Zoo is home to over 1,000 rare and beautiful animals. Gift shop, cafeterias & wonderful hilltop safari ride - it's a great day out.

 'New for 2003'- Asiatic lions in wonderful new enclosure, fantastic walk through enclosure for lemurs, two new children's play areas, meet the keeper sessions and all new live animal presentations.





For over forty years The Royal Yacht Britannia served the Royal family, traveling over one million miles to become one of the most famous ships in the world. It is furnished with artefacts from The Royal Collection, which are on loan from Her Majesty The Queen

Britania is now situated in Edinburgh historic Port of Leith and is open to the public throughout the year




Our Dynamic Earth is one of Edinburgh's "must see" attractions. It's a fantastic journey of discovery, using dramatic special effects, stunning imagery and state-of-the-art interactives, that takes you from the very beginning of time to our unknown future. 

You'll travel through every environment on earth and encounter creatures you never knew existed. You will be shaken by earthquakes and face boiling lava, you could even be caught in a tropical rainstorm. But whatever happens you're sure to have the experience of a lifetime.




Discover Scotland's triple award winning national aquarium. Enjoy a spectacular divers eye view in our underwater tunnel. An outstanding educational and entertaining experience whatever your age and whatever the weather, an unforgettable adventure for old and young. Awarded Scotland's Family Attraction 2001.




The Palace of Holyrood House is the official residence of the Queen when she is in Scotland and is situated at the bottom of the historic Royal Mile. It dates from 1498 when it was built by James IV, and it has been closely linked with royalty ever since. The Palace is located on the site of Holyrood Abbey, an Augustine monastery dating from 1128. 

When the Queen is not there parts of the palace are sometimes open to visitors with guided tours available. You can see several rooms in the State Apartments. The palace is surrounded by the Holyrood Park.