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Things to do in Edinburgh

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Entertainment
“Quite expensive at £19 per adult but if you're interested in History then may be worth a look. You can walk up to the castle for free!”
  • 685 locals recommend
Mountain
“If you fancy stretching your legs then the walk up Arthurs seat is worth it, especially when the weather is nice. Views across the whole city and across the sea.”
  • 908 locals recommend
Museum
“Great for kids and adults. Lots of stuffed animals and various other 'history bits'.”
  • 580 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Free gardens worth a visit, and the historic glasshouses are great. You can pay to enter all the glasshouses but the Victorian one is free. Lovely walks and nice views from the the lawn looking to Edinburgh Castle. ”
  • 571 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Outstanding collection of scottish modern and contemporary art. Lovely gardens also free entry”
  • 345 locals recommend
Park
“The Meadows is a large green open space just a few minutes away from the flat (turn right at Forrest Rd junction with Forrest Hill) great for BBQs in the summer”
  • 332 locals recommend
Park
“For those who want a view of the city but don't want to ramble up Arthurs Seat. ”
  • 278 locals recommend
Park
“Lots of high street shops including M&S, Zara, Frasers, Boots, Superdrug. Also good place to pick up souvenirs at tourist”
  • 214 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Amazing building. Do not forget your camera! Free entrance from 10am - 5 pm.”
  • 217 locals recommend
Park
“Both Princes Street East and West Gardens are nice to wander through, with fantastic views up to the Castle. Great photo opportunity!”
  • 164 locals recommend
Palace
“The Queen's official residence in Edinburgh and the home of Scottish royal history. Open throughout the year, the Palace of Holyroodhouse stands at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile, with beautiful views of Arthur's Seat. ”
  • 192 locals recommend
Garden
“Edinburgh's seaside. Lovely promenade walk stopping every so often for a coffee or food or dip in the sea!”
  • 199 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“A modern gastropub opened by Michelin star restaurant The Kitchin offering menus showcasing Scottish Food. We personally have not been there but have heard amazing things about it!”
  • 201 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Great fun. Slightly expensive at £15 entry for adults but you can use the ticket throughout the day. 5 floors of fun!”
  • 160 locals recommend
Cemetery
“Calton Hill is one of Edinburgh's main hills, set right in the city centre. It is unmistakable with its Athenian acropolis poking above the skyline. ”
  • 212 locals recommend
Palace
“The Palace of Holyroodhouse sits next to the Scottish Parliament building, both at the end of the Royal mile. It is commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace, and is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland, where she normally spends a week at the beginning of each summer.”
  • 111 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Gastropub
“A modern gastropub opened by Michelin star restaurant The Kitchin offering menus showcasing Scottish Food. We personally have not been there but have heard amazing things about it!”
  • 201 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Incredible seasonal, regional eating experience involving tasting menus and communal dining. They do a pretty mean brunch too! Booking needed”
  • 156 locals recommend
Bakery
“Amazing fresh produce and great coffee. Lovely rolls,sandwiches and cakes!!”
  • 164 locals recommend
Bar
“Amazing pub and restaurant. It is worth a visit to have a look at its dome.”
  • 145 locals recommend
Pub
“Easy going, relaxed atmosphere with Swedish vibes. Great selection of drinks and cocktails. Open from mid morning till late so you can get all you meals there.”
  • 133 locals recommend
Scottish Restaurant
“Another foodies’ treat,by The Shore.There’s also a lovely bar,if you’d just like a drink.The cocktails are impressive!”
  • 139 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Great food at a great price. Serving up the most delicious Thai food. Casual dining up near the meadows. Always busy so has a fab atmosphere. You can also check out their sister restaurant Ting Sabateur just a couple of doors down the road - serving mainly Vietnamese. ”
  • 145 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Fantastic pizza and you can either go and eat in their lovely restaurant, order it for delivery at home or, if you are at The Joker & The Thief on Leith Walk, order it and have it with your pint of Tennent's (they serve it up on a platter, and provide napkins etc....amazing!). The Vesuvio is my firm favourite!”
  • 119 locals recommend

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