Edinburgh Castle dominates the city skyline from its position on Castle Rock. Visitors can enjoy the firing of the castle guns each day (except Sunday) at 1pm, a tradition that started in 1861 and continues to this day.
See all that the city has to offer with an Edinburgh Bus Tour. Hop-on hop-off tickets allow total flexibility to explore places of interest as you pass them. A selection of pre-recorded or live tours in several languages run everyday apart from Christmas.
Museums & Galleries
Edinburgh boasts some of the best museums that Scotland has to offer. Why not take a visit to the National Museum of Scotland, which houses an extensive collection of Scottish natural history, culture, art and science. Popular for families with many interactive exhibitions that vary throughout the year. This fantastic city also houses many celebrated art galleries. The Scottish National Gallery in the heart of the city houses one of the best collections of fine art in the world, from works of Gainsborough to Constable along with a large collection of historic renaissance works. If you prefer more contemporary art, a visit to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is well worth a visit. This gallery includes works from Turner Prize winner Rachel Whiteread, Tracey Emin and 20th Century Sculptor Henry Moore.
Other attractions include:
- Almond Valley Heritage Centre
- Fruitmarket Gallery
- Museum of Childhood
- National Museum of Flight
- National War Museum
- Our Dynamic Earth
- Rosslyn Chapel
- Royal Botanic Gardens
- Scottish Whisky Heritage Centre
- Scott Monument
- Scottish Seabird Centre
- St. Giles' Cathedral
- The Real Mary King's Close
- Usher Hall
Edinburgh is a city famed for its many festivals. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and runs for three weeks in August each year; The Fringe Festival showcases all performing arts, in particular theatre and comedy. Tickets are required for many performances, but there is also a large street fair which takes place on The Royal Mile.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is one of the world's most spectacular shows. Set against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, the Tattoo features performances from all corners of the globe. The Tattoo is held annually during August.
Edinburgh's Hogmanay Festival celebrations are among the largest New Years Eve celebrations in the world.