National Galleries of Scotland


The National Galleries of Scotland boasts four excellent galleries that contain some of the best Scottish and international art in the world. With a collection of more than 65,000 objects from Rembrandt to Picasso, children and adults will find something to interest them.

 

 

Edinburgh Castle


Scotland’s number one paid admission attraction, Edinburgh Castle sits proudly on its own volcanic rock overlooking the rest of Edinburgh.

 

 

 

 

 

St Giles’ Cathedral

The framed crown spire of St Giles’ Cathedral is one of the most recognizable features of the Edinburgh skyline and stands halfway down the Royal Mile.

 

 

 

 

Royal Botanic Gardens

Founded in 1670 and considered one of the finest gardens in the world, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh offers 72 acres of peace and tranquility.

 

 

 

 

National Museum of Scotland

Following a £46.4 million redevelopment, the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town reopened in the summer of 2011 and has 20,000 objects across 36 galleries.

 

 

 

 

 

Edinburgh Zoo

With over 1,000 animals from every corner of the globe, Edinburgh Zoo is a fantastic family day out. Meet the penguins at the famous Penguin Parade and get closer than ever before to the chimpanzees at the new state-of-the-art Budongo Trail.

 

 

 

 

National War Museum

Set within the magnificent setting of Edinburgh Castle, the National War Museum lets you relive the dark days of the World Wars and uncover the impact on Scottish history, identity and worldwide reputation.

 

 

 

 

Edinburgh Bus Tours

The third most popular paid visitor attraction in Scotland, Edinburgh Bus Tours provide a selection of open top tours that offer great value for money and ensure you make the most of your stay in Edinburgh.

 

 

Our Dynamic Earth

Take a fascinating journey back through space and time at Our Dynamic Earth. Located at the bottom of Arthur’s Seat, near the Scottish Parliament, embark on a journey through the history of our planet and catch a glimpse into the future - great family fun.

 

 

 

Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre

Improve your Scotch Whisky knowledge at the Scotch Whisky Experience, Scotland’s 5-star premier whisky visitor attraction. Take a ride through a replica distillery and find out how the ‘water of life’ is produced.

 

 

 

 

 

Royal Yacht Britannia

Step onboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, the Queen’s retired floating palace which is now moored in Leith. Now a museum, this popular attraction gives a unique insight into the Royal Family and has played host to an array of historic figures such as Sir Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi.

 

 

 

 

 

Museum of Childhood

Discover the Museum of Childhood, a treasure house packed full of childhood objects, both past and present. Often described as the ‘noisiest museum in the world’, the museum is very popular with adults and children alike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Real Mary King’s Close

Take a walk through Edinburgh’s deepest secret, the Real Mary King’s Close; a warren of hidden underground streets where people worked, lived and died between the 17th and 19th centuries. This world class attraction provides tours around a number of underground closes - well worth a visit.

 

 

 

 

Fruitmarket Gallery

Check out the Fruitmarket Gallery at the back of Waverley Station. This former Victorian fruit and vegetable market is today one of the finest exhibition spaces for contemporary art in Edinburgh.

 

 

 

 

Scott Monument

This Victorian gothic monument was built to commemorate Scottish novelist Sir Walter Scott, and stands at 200 ft high. Located in Princes Street Gardens, take the 287 steps to the top of the Scott Monument for fantastic panoramic views across the city.

 

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