Things To See
Edinburgh is home to some of Scotland's most famous attractions. From arts and animals to history and heritage, the fascinating attractions below are all 'must see' locations for any visitor to Edinburgh.
Must visits are Edinburgh Zoo, Dynamic Earth, Royal Yacht Britannia, The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh Castle, the new Scottish Parliament buildings, Holyrood Palace, and the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre. Many of these are featured elsewhere in this section. Or why not try an open top bus tour. Open-top bus tours are the third most popular attraction in Scotland. They offer fantastic views of the city and the perfect introduction to the history, architecture and culture of Edinburgh. Frequent, daily departures from Waverley Bridge and tickets valid 24 hours - hop on and off. Choose from The Edinburgh Tour with knowledgeable Guide, MacTours by vintage bus, multi-language City Sightseeing or Majestic Tour to Royal Yacht Britannia.
There are a number of great attractions passes you can avail yourself of, allowing you great value admission to some of Edinburgh’s top attractions.
The Edinburgh Pass is your passport to exploring Edinburgh. Free entry to twenty-five of the city's most exciting attractions, twenty-five exclusive offers from some of Edinburgh's best retailers, restaurants and leisure providers, plus free public transport around the city, as well as to and from Edinburgh Airport. The pass can be bought online and comes complete with a guidebook, enabling you to plan your trip to the city and maximise your time here when you arrive:
Historic Scotland Explorer Pass
An Explorer Pass allows you to make big savings on the cost of admission to over 70 of Scotland's top historic properties including Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart Castles. Available over flexible time periods, pass prices range from £17.00 to £28.00 for adults and can be purchased from any Historic Scotland property, Tourist Information Centre or online at the address below.
National Trust for Scotland Discovery Ticket
A Discovery ticket gives discounted access to the National Trust for Scotland’s attractions, valid for 3, 7 or 14 days. Prices range from £12.00 up to £22.00 for adults and £25.00 up to £42.00 for family tickets. Family tickets are valid for 2 children and up to 6 children. Tickets can be bought at NTS properties, Tourist Information Centres or by calling 0131 243 9387.