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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.

Point of Interest
“Discover Scottish history at Edinburgh Castle in the heart of the city centre ”
  • 667 locals recommend
  • 43 Experiences
Mountain
“Brush the cobwebs away and climb Arthur’s seat to see the fabulous views. It can be cold. U need trainers! Put the high heels away! ”
  • 886 locals recommend
  • 37 Experiences
Museum
“A great option if it's raining during your stay and you want to be indoors, the museum is free although there are occasionally exhibitions you can pay to see. It's bigger than you might think and recommend you give yourself a few hours at least to look around!”
  • 574 locals recommend
  • 9 Experiences
Botanical Garden
“Parkland and gardens for scientific centre for the study of plants, their diversity and conservation. Great place for a stroll, with a cafe and restaurant. Good views south towards city centre.”
  • 558 locals recommend
  • 3 Experiences
Art Gallery
“Ten minutes walk from our AirBnB - Home to Scotland’s outstanding collection of modern and contemporary art.”
  • 343 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
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
  • 9 Experiences
Park
“have a walk in the biggest park of the city, super cute squirrels and relaxing paths, oasis of peace right in the city centre”
  • 331 locals recommend
  • 8 Experiences
Park
“Calton Hill, a hill in the center of the city is the location of several iconic monuments and buildings: the National Monument, the Nelson Monument, the Dugald Stewart Monument, the old Royal High School, the Robert Burns Monument, the Political Martyrs' Monument and the City Observatory.”
  • 260 locals recommend
  • 28 Experiences
Art Gallery
“The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is a beautiful red sandstone building on Queen Street housing regular exhibitions and events.”
  • 214 locals recommend
Park
“Princes Street gardens runs along Edinburgh's main shopping street. If the weather is nice, its a great place to sit and watch the world go by. ”
  • 163 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. ”
  • 190 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Camera Obscura & World of Illusions is a major tourist attraction in the Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland located on Castlehill section of the Royal Mile close to Edinburgh Castle. This visitor attraction is now home to over 100 interactive exhibits, including the original Camera Obscura, and is based over five floors including a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of Edinburgh.”
  • 151 locals recommend
Garden
“Just a short bus ride from the city, Portobello has a wonderful beach. Take a walk along the beach, have a pint in the Espy, get a Luca's ice-cream, go to the arcades, or just enjoy the spectacular views of the Forth.”
  • 198 locals recommend
  • 5 Experiences
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. ”
  • 213 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Just across the road there is a big shopping centre Ocean terminal which offers fantastic shopping opportunities, including retail shops such as Debenhams, H&M, Gap, Superdry, M&S food and many others. A good choice or restaurants, bars, cinema VUE and entrance to the famous 5* visitor attraction Royal Yacht Britannia.”
  • 165 locals recommend
Palace
“At the foot of the Royal Mile. This is the Queen's official residence in Edinburgh and has connections with Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie. A great place to find out about Scottish royal history. Tours of the palace run regularly but it's best to check opening times in advance. It's a working residence and as such can be closed at short notice for Royal visits. ”
  • 102 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience