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Recently voted top UK Heritage Attraction in the British Travel Awards, this should be a must-see on your list of places to visit in Edinburgh. Perched atop Castle Rock overlooking the city, Edinburgh Castle houses important Scottish artefacts, such as the Honours of Scotland, which are the oldest crown jewels in the UK, and The Stone of Destiny; an ancient symbol of the Scottish monarchy. Explore the vast castle grounds, take a guided tour with a castle steward, or listen to the audio guide, which is available in eight languages.
National Museum Scotland
Scotland is known for having unpredictable weather, and if you happen to get caught in the rain you might be wondering what to do in Edinburgh. Visit the National Museum of Scotland, one of the best indoor attractions in Edinburgh. And, best of all, entry is free. With over 20,000 unique artefacts to see, there's something for everyone, and fun for all the family. Spend the day learning about the catacombs of Egypt, the wonders of nature and even modern-day technology.
Perhaps one of the most iconic places to go in Edinburgh is Arthur's Seat, located within Holyrood Park. This ancient volcano sits 251m above sea level and offers 360-degree views of Edinburgh and the Lothians. You can see the medieval remains of St Anthony's Chapel or feed the ducks and swans on Duddingston Loch. There's an array of paths and trails to follow, suitable for all, including the trail to St Margaret's Loch which is both wheelchair and buggy accessible.
Another essential place to go in Edinburgh is the Scott Monument. Built in 1832 to commemorate the death of one of Scotland's best loved writers, Sir Walter Scott, this Gothic spire stands at the eastern end of Princes Street Gardens. The monument is the largest memorial to a writer in the world, standing at just over 200 feet high and is decorated with carvings of characters from his novels. Climb the 287 steps to the top for beautiful views of the city. Inside the monument, you can also visit the Museum Room, which holds an exhibition on Scott's life and work.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Comprising two impressive buildings, this top Edinburgh attraction contains masterpieces from the 1900s to present day. Admire art by Matisse, Picasso and Emin, as well as Scottish contemporaries. The landscaped grounds of the galleries feature sculptures by Tony Cragg and Barbara Hepworth amongst others.
Lauriston Castle and Gardens
Lauriston Castle and Gardens is the perfect place to go for anyone visiting Edinburgh looking for a piece of Scottish history, as well as peace and quiet. Step back in time as you explore the castle's impressive Edwardian interiors, and don't miss the daily guided tour to learn more about its fascinating history.