Sights in Edinburgh

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The Royal Mile

The Royal Mile

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Edinburgh is a marvellous city and needs at least three days for proper exploration. A good option, in order to get an overview of the city, is to take a ride on one of the tourbuses that, besides being not to expensive, offer a nice view of the impressive skyline with churches, the Edinburgh castle, grassy fields and the sea of course. The steepy Old Town has to be done on foot, but is definitely a nice alternative after the overload of historical facts and figures you've gained after a long visit to the Edinburgh Castle.

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The Brass Rubbing Centre

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Collection of old brass objects and replicas and the opportunity to make your own rubbing.

type:Museums
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address:Trinity Apse, Chalmers Close High Street.
openinghours:Mon-Sat 10am-5pm.
tel:0131 522 1807

The People’s Story

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Original museum that uses the senses and mainly the oral and reminiscent tradition to tell the story of the ordinary people that lived in Edinburgh from the 18th century onwards.

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address:Canongate Tolbooth 163
openinghours:Mon-Sat 10am-5pm.
tel:0131 529 4057

Museum of Childhood

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The vast collection of stories about (and actual) toys are not only a must for children. Toys, games and nostalgia, all gathered in this first museum in the world that specialised in the history of childhood.

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address:42, High St Royal Mile
openinghours:Mon-Sat 1am-5pm.
tel:0131 529 4142

Matthew Architecture Gallery

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Leading architectural gallery.

type:Galleries
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address:20 Chambers Street
openinghours:Mon-Fri 10am-4:30pm.
tel:0131 650 2342

National Gallery of Modern Art

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Scotland’s national collection of modern art is set in parkland in a beautiful neo-classical building.

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address:Belford Road
tel:0131 624 6200

Princes Street Gardens.

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Gardens at the foot of the Edinburgh Castle.

type:Parks & Gardens
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address:Princes Street

National Portrait Gallery

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Murals, painting, portraits dealing with the old heroes as well as gallery dealing with contemporary artists.

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address:1 Queen Street
openinghours:10am-5pm.
tel:0131 624 6200

Edinburgh College of Art

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Mostly dedicated to local artists and once a year an exhibition on the works of the probable future art stars.

type:Galleries
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address:Lauriston Palace
tel:0131 221 6032

Greyfriars

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Statue of Greyfriars Bobby
Statue of Greyfriars Bobby
photo by: Peter Schouten

Known for the statue of Bobby, the dog that sat next to his master's grave for 14 years. The graveyard exhales a solemn atmosphere, not in the least because of the Grey Friars Kirk in the middle and the lack of any sort of modern influence. The grave of Bobby can be found in front of the church (not in the real graveyard, where the grave of his master John Gray can be found), and Bobby's grave will always have fresh flowers and toys, because he is a much loved character. Some of the family graves have beautiful decorations.

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type:Graves and Cemeteries
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address:Opposite Chambers Street
openinghours:10.30am-4.30pm
accessibility:good

Edinburgh Castle

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The Castle
The Castle
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A must in Edinburgh is a visit to the well preserved Edinburgh caste on top of the hill, dominating the city. It housed the Royal family until the siege in the 1570s. A visit to the castle with its gatehouses, caste walls, terraces, compartment with relics and good views of the city will cost you a few hours at the least. There are some good audio tours that give a vivid background story while exploring the grounds.

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address:End of the Esplanade
tel:0131 244 3101

Huntly House Museum

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type:Museums
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address:142, Canongate Royal Mile
openinghours:10am-5pm.
tel:0131 529 4143

The Royal Mile

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The Royal Mile
The Royal Mile
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The oldest part of Edinburgh in between the Edinburgh castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Small streets, steep descents packed with houses and a city’s history is worth exploring. This is the area par excellence to indulge in one of the many ghost tours and explore the mysterious vaults at a dark hour of the night. The old town forms a sharp contrast with the spacious, grassy and more upmarket new town.

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address:Lawnmarket/ High Street

Royal Museum & Museum Of Scotland

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Impressive collection according to Victorian standard comprising fossils, anthropology costumes and art ( amongst other things). The history of Scotland from hunter-gatherers until the 20th century is presented in several galleries in the Museum of Scotland.

type:Museums
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address:Chambers St
openinghours:Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. Tue 10am-8pm. Sun 12-5pm.
tel:0131 225 7534

Newhaven Heritage Museum

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Exhibition on the Newshaven as a dockyard and the history of the Scots as a fishing nation.

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address:Pier Place Newhaven Harbour
openinghours:12-5pm.
tel:0131 551 4165

Scott Monument

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Monument to commemorate Sir Walter Scott (when he died in 1832). Te monument can be climbed and offers some good views of the city.

type:Monuments
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address:East Princess Gardens
openinghours:Mon –Sat 9am-6pm.
tel:0131 529 4068

Holyrood Park

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This park covers some 650 acres and the highest point is the extinct volcano Arthur's Seat.

type:Parks & Gardens
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address:Radical Road

National War Museum of Scotland

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The National War museum exhibits the Scottish experience of war and military service over the last 500 years.

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address:The Castle
openinghours:9:45am-5:30pm
tel:0131 225 7534

The Writers' Museum

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The Writer’s Museum is dedicated to Scotland’s renowned literary figures such as Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns.

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address:Lady Stair's Close Lawnmarket
openinghours:Mon-Sat 10am-5pm.
tel:0131 529 4901

Nelson Monument

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Monument to Admiral lord Nelson’s victory and death at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Commanding views of the surroundings.

type:Monuments
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address:Calton Hill
openinghours:Mon 1-6pm. Tues-Sat 10am-6pm.

City Art Centre

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Exhibitions dealing with all sort of subject, ranging from Star Trek to Scottish art from the 19th century.

type:Galleries
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address:2 Market Street
tel:0131 529 3993
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