Sights & Attractions in Edinburgh and the Lothians

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Name Category Location
 
Britannia
Moored on the waterfront at Leith, Edinburgh's...
Nautical Sites Leith
 
Brass Rubbing Centre
No experience is necessary for you to make your...
Stores / Malls Old Town
 
Calton Hill
Robert Louis Stevenson's favorite view of his...
Viewpoints New Town
 
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
Want to view Edinburgh as Victorian travelers...
Viewpoints Old Town
 
Canongate
This section of the Royal Mile takes its name...
Neighborhoods / Streets Old Town
 
Canongate Kirk
This unadorned building, built in 1688, is run by...
Religious Sites Old Town
 
Canongate Tolbooth
Nearly every city and town in Scotland once had a...
Museums / Galleries Old Town
 
Castlehill
In the late 16th century, alleged witches were...
Religious Sites Old Town
 
Charlotte Square
At the west end of George Street is the New...
Squares New Town
 
Duddingston
Tucked behind Arthur's Seat, and about an hour's...
Towns Old Town
 
Edinburgh Castle
The crowning glory of the Scottish capital,...
Castles / Palaces Old Town
 
Edinburgh Zoo
Children love to visit the some 1,000 animals...
Zoos / Aquariums New Town
 
George IV Bridge
It's not immediately obvious that this is in...
Public Art (Mural / Sculpture / Statue) Old Town
 
George Street
With its upscale shops and handsome Georgian...
Public Art (Mural / Sculpture / Statue) New Town
 
Georgian House
The National Trust for Scotland has furnished...
Houses / Mansions New Town
 
Gladstone's Land
This narrow, six-story tenement, next to the...
Houses / Mansions Old Town
 
Grassmarket
For centuries an agricultural marketplace,...
Squares Old Town
 
High Kirk of St. Giles
Sometimes called St. Giles's Cathedral, this is...
Religious Sites Old Town
 
High Street
Some of Old Town's most impressive buildings and...
Religious Sites Old Town
 
John Knox House
It's not certain that Scotland's severe religious...
Houses / Mansions Old Town
 
Kirk of the Greyfriars
Greyfriars Church, built circa 1620 on the...
Religious Sites Old Town
 
Lawnmarket
A corruption of "land market," Lawnmarket is the...
Neighborhoods / Streets Old Town
 
Moray Place
With its "pendants" of Ainslie Place and Randolph...
Squares New Town
 
The Mound
This rising street originated from the need for a...
Neighborhoods / Streets New Town
 
Museum of Childhood
Even adults tend to enjoy this cheerfully noisy...
Museums / Galleries Old Town
 
Museum of Edinburgh
A must-see if you're interested in the details of...
Museums / Galleries Old Town
 
National Gallery of Scotland
Opened to the public in 1859, the National...
Museums / Galleries New Town
 
National Library of Scotland
Founded in 1689, the library has a superb...
Libraries Old Town
 
National Museum of Scotland
This museum traces the country's fascinating...
Museums / Galleries Old Town
 
Our Dynamic Earth
Using state-of-the-art technology, the 11 theme...
Museums / Galleries Old Town
 
Palace of Holyroodhouse
Once the haunt of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the...
Castles / Palaces Old Town
 
Parliament House
This was the seat of Scottish government until...
Government Buildings Old Town
 
Princes Street
The south side of this well-planned street is...
Neighborhoods / Streets New Town
 
Real Mary King's Close
Hidden beneath the City Chambers, this narrow,...
Ghost Town Old Town
 
Register House
Scotland's first custom-built archives...
Libraries New Town
 
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Britain's largest rhododendron and azalea gardens...
Gardens / Arboretums New Town
 
Royal Scottish Academy
Worth visiting for a look at the imposing,...
Museums / Galleries New Town
 
Scotch Whisky Experience
Transforming malted barley and spring water into...
Museums / Galleries Old Town
 
Scott Monument
What appears to be a Gothic cathedral spire...
Memorials / Monuments New Town
 
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
This handsome former school building, close to...
Museums / Galleries New Town
 
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
A magnificent red-sandstone Gothic building...
Museums / Galleries New Town
 
Scottish Parliament
Scotland's somewhat controversial Parliament...
Government Buildings Old Town
 
Scottish Storytelling Centre
This arts center is housed in a modern building...
Arts / Performance Venues Old Town
 
Waterloo Place
The fine neoclassical architecture on this street...
Neighborhoods / Streets New Town
 
Writers' Museum
Down a close off Lawnmarket is the 1662 Lady...
Museums / Galleries Old Town

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