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Calton Hill

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Calton Hill contains a treasure trove of historical monuments and being 100 metres above sea level boasts a superb view of Edinburgh and across to Holyrood House Palace and Arthur’s Seat – It’s a popular spot for photographers and hopeless romantics at sunset!

See Nelson’s Monument, a commemorative tower that dates back to 1807 to commemorate Nelson’s victory over the Spanish and...

The Royal Yacht Britannia Ticket

clock Duration: 2 hours
  • Fast track entry to the Royal Britannia Yacht " The floating Royal Palace!
  • Learn the history of the ship in the visitor centre.
  • Then step aboard and see what life was like onboard for the Royal Family as well as the crew.
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Arthur’s Seat, Holyrood Park

Arthur’s Seat, Holyrood Park

Hike up the rocky crags within the 640 acre Royal Holyrood Park and admire the stunning views as you get a 360 degree look over Edinburgh from 251 metres above sea level. Arthur’s Seat is a dormant volcano that hasn’t erupted for the last 300 million years but no one is sure how it got its name though the romantics like to connect it with King Arthur and Camelot.


Edinburgh Dungeons Tickets

clock Duration: 1 hour
  • A walk-through historical experience with actors, special effects, scenes, shows, and rides.
  • 11 360-degree interactive shows.
  • 2 fun & frightening underground rides.
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The Royal Mile

Edinburgh's ancient thoroughfare, the Royal Mile, stretches from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood House Palace. A procession route for Scotland’s Kings and Queens for the last 500 years, it contains a lot of paid tourist attractions alongside pubs, shops, and cafes but it’s not necessary to open your wallet in order to witness and enjoy the historic heart of the city and walk the mile.

Starting at Lawnmarket, the oldest part...

1-Hour Real Mary King's Close Underground Tour in Edinburgh

clock Duration: 1 hour
  • Access to the 17th century subterranean streets located below The Royal Mile.
  • A fully narrated history tour.
  • Costumed characters help bring history to life.
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Dean Village

A quaint and picturesque Bucolic village in the heart of Edinburgh that has the feel of being hidden deep in the sleepy countryside. A charming stream runs through the small former-village with beautiful bridges and 19th century houses and a church. Once housing the mill workers and separated from Edinburgh city by a distance of 11 miles, the test of time means this oldey-world village now sits a stones throw away from the hustle...

Edinburgh Castle Skip The Line Ticket & Tour

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • Fast track entry to Edinburgh Castle.
  • Explore the Royal Palace and grounds including the Crown Jewels exhibition at your own pace.
  • Admire the panoramic views of Edinburgh.
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National Museum of Scotland

Similar to The Natural History Museum in London, The National Museum of Scotland contains diverse collections ranging from dinosaur skeletons to vintage cars, even the stuffed body of Dolly the Sheep; the first successful clone of a mammal from an adult cell. The natural world, science, technology, discoveries, art, design, fashion, and world cultures are all topics that are covered here so there’s something to suit everyone and always...

Historic Scotland Explorer Pass

clock Duration: 5 days
  • You can choose between 5 day and 14 day tours to discover Scotland's castles, cathedrals, distilleries.
  • This pass entitles you to do advanced ticket entry at popular sites like Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle.
  • You can also hear audio operated tours at selected venues with this explorer pass.
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Royal Botanic Garden

Plant, flower, garden, and nature lovers will adore the vast Royal Botanic Garden that contains 100,000 plants across 70 acres. Step inside to find acres of shrubs and blooming plants with a fantastic collection of Rhododendrons, a Chinese Garden and Chinese Hillside, Rock Garden with water, bridges, and sculptures, Woodland Garden, an arboretum, the Heath Garden which contains Scottish native plants and exhibitions and interactive activities...

Edinburgh Castle: Skip-the-Line Ticket and Guided Tour

clock Duration: 1 hour 30
  • Edinburgh Castle is a big complex consisting of various museums that overlooks the Scottish capital.
  • The tour reveals interesting historical facts about the historic castle.
  • During the guided tour, visitors will see one of the smallest existing shrines and one the largest cannons they have ever seen.
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Scottish Parliament

Opening in 2004, the Scottish Parliament provides visitors with the choice of a self-guided tour or free guided tours to see where members of the Scottish Parliament (MSP’s) meet to debate Scottish issues.

On the 30 minute self-guided tour visitors can see the vaults of the Main Hall and have access to the Parliament For The People Exhibition along with gift shop and cafe plus a 10 minute introductory talk discussing...

Palace of Holyroodhouse Ticket

clock Duration: 1 hour
  • Holyrood House Palace is the official Scottish residence of Queen Elizabeth II.
  • The grounds contain the iconic ruins of Holyrood Abbey.
  • This entrance ticket includes an audio guide available in 9 languages.
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Located on The Mound, this is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Edinburgh. The National Gallery houses vast collections of Scottish and international paintings, sculpture, and furniture covering the Italian Renaissance period through to French Impressionism at the start of the 20th century. You can see artworks by Raphael, Titian, Turner, Constable, Monet, van Gogh, Renoir, Gauguin, Cezanne, Rembrandt, Reubens, and...

The Scotch Whisky Experience Guided Whisky Tour - An Introduction to Whisky

clock Duration: 50 minutes
  • This 50-minute guided tour, ideal for whisky novices and families, is the perfect introduction to the world of whisky. Discover the whisky making process on the bubbling barrel ride through a replica distillery. Explore the five Scotch whisky producing regions and learn how the geography and weather combine to create regional characteristics...read more

Water of Leigh Walkway

Stretching 12 miles in total, the Water of Leigh Walkway is a delightful public footpath and cycle path that winds through the hidden heart of Edinburgh following the river. It’s a great way to spend some time outdoors enjoying nature away from the hustle and bustle of city life whether you spend just an hour or two on a portion of the walkway or decide to tackle the entire length in a day.

Starting in the...

Glasgow, Loch Lomond, Loch Katrine and Doune Castle - Italian Tour Guide

clock Duration: 10 hours
  • Enjoy a full-day tour in Italian from Edinburgh to Glasgow, Loch Lomond, Loch Katrine, Culross and Doune Castle. Take part in our panoramic tour of the cosmopolitan city of Glasgow and then, head through the Trossachs National Park to catch a view of Loch Lomond and of the Highland village of Balloch. Continue your journey to the marvellous Loch...read more

Located in 2 beautiful neo-classical buildings (Modern 1 and Modern 2) the Edinburgh National Gallery of Modern Art contains an eclectic mix of approximately 6,000 modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures, prints, and installations located in bright and airy modern interiors. The gallery contains artworks by Picasso, Matisse, Dada, Miro, Dali, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Damien Hirst and many other artists covering Cubism, Abstract,...

Harry Potter and English Castle - Italian Tour Guide

clock Duration: 10 hours
  • A full-day trip in Italian from Edinburgh towards the county of Northumberland, to visit the outstanding castles of Bamburgh and Alnwick. Get ready to stroll along the sumptuous rooms of these English Castles, still inhabited by the aristocracy of Northumberland and prepare to enjoy the magic atmosphere of “Hogwarts School”.
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