Edinburgh Sights

Edinburgh's Old Town, which bears a great measure of symbolic weight as the "heart of Scotland's capital," is a boon for lovers of atmosphere and history. In contrast, if you appreciate the unique architectural heritage of the city's Enlightenment, then the New Town's for you. If you belong to both categories, don't worry—the Old and New towns are only yards apart. Princes Street runs east–west

along the north edge of the Princes Street Gardens. Explore the main thoroughfares but don't forget to get lost among the tiny wynds and closes: old medieval alleys that connect the winding streets.

Like most cities, Edinburgh incorporates small communities within its boundaries, and many of these are as rewarding to explore as Old Town and New Town. Dean Village, for instance, even though it's close to the New Town, has a character all of its own. Duddingston, just southeast of Arthur's Seat, has all the feel of a country village. Then there's Corstorphine, to the west of the city center, famous for being the site of Murrayfield, Scotland's international rugby stadium. Edinburgh's port, Leith, sits on the shore of the Firth of Forth, and throbs with smart bars and restaurants.

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Brass Rubbing Centre

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No experience is necessary for you to make your own souvenirs at this center. You can explore the past by creating do-it-yourself replicas...

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

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Want to view Edinburgh as Victorian travelers once did? Then head for the 17th-century Outlook Tower's camera obscura, where an optical...

Canongate

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This section of the Royal Mile takes its name from the canons who once ran the abbey at Holyrood. Canongate—in Scots, gate means...

Canongate Kirk

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This unadorned building, built in 1688, is run by the Church of Scotland and has an interesting graveyard. This is the final resting...

Canongate Tolbooth

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Nearly every city and town in Scotland once had a tolbooth. Originally a customhouse where tolls were gathered, a tolbooth came to mean...

Castlehill

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In the late 16th century, alleged witches were brought to what is now a street in the Royal Mile to be burned at the stake, as a bronze...

Duddingston Village

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Tucked behind Arthur's Seat, and about an hour's walk from Princes Street via Holyrood Park, this little community, formerly of brewers...

Edinburgh Castle

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The crowning glory of the Scottish capital, Edinburgh Castle is popular not only because it's the symbolic heart of Scotland but also...

Fruitmarket Gallery

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This contemporary art gallery behind Waverley Station showcases world-renowned artists like Louise Bourgeois and Turner-prize-winning...

George IV Bridge

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It's not immediately obvious that this is in fact a bridge, as buildings are closely packed most of the way along both sides. At the...

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