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The best places to visit in Edinburgh

16 Feb 2023

Looking for a memorable and truly unique visit to Scotland’s capital city? There’s plenty to do in Edinburgh: you can admire the works of art in the various galleries and museums during the day, or enjoy a game at the in the evening with your favourite drink in hand. So, here’s a list of the best establishments to be found in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle rock

Edinburgh Castle is Scotland’s most popular attraction. It was home to the king’s palace from the 12th century until the Union of the Crowns in 1603 when James IV of Scotland ascended the English throne as James I (James’s mother Mary, Queen of Scots, gave birth to him in the castle’s royal palace in 1566). In later centuries the castle came to be used for military purposes, and its current status as a tourist attraction is linked to both royal and military history.

Edinburgh Zoo

The institution, which opened in 1913 on a large site occupying part of Corstorphine Hill in the west of the city, has long been a major attraction for visitors. Many come for the giant pandas, which arrived from China in 2011, but the daily penguin parade, when the birds leave their enclosure and roam the grounds, has been running for more than half a century and still attracts crowds of visitors.

National Museum of Scotland

Re-opened after a major refurbishment in 2011, the National Museum has become an extremely popular place to visit. There is a large play area for all ages at the back of the ground floor, while the upper level provides a more educational play space for older children, and many of the exhibits are highly interactive.

Scotch Whisky Experience

No trip to the Royal Mile would be complete without a visit to the Scotch Whisky Experience, where you can have a glass of excellent Scotch whisky. There’s a range of tours to suit everyone’s taste. Take a tour of the virtual distillery and learn all about the process of creating this beautiful drink, then learn the art of whisky blending during a sensory presentation.

After becoming a true whisky connoisseur, why not visit the Amber Restaurant where you can enjoy contemporary Scottish cuisine with another whisky shot.

Genting Casino

Located in Edinburgh’s northern port area of Leith, the large and luxurious Genting Casino offers a variety of games so you’re sure to find one to suit your taste. There are 13 table games, including blackjack, poker, baccarat and roulette. And if you’re into poker, you can enjoy a quiet game at the casino’s private poker tables or take part in regular poker tournaments. Enjoy your stay and book an Airbnb in Edinburgh with Cozycozy.

As well as a wide selection of games, Genting Casino, Leith has a stylish restaurant with a delicious international menu, complimentary buffets and live entertainment. There is also a bar where you can buy light snacks and drinks to take with you to the gaming room. The casino is open seven days a week from 12 noon to 6am.

Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh

Founded in 1670 next to Holyrood Park, the establishment later moved to a site near the old Nor Loch, where Waverley Station is now, before moving back to its current building in 1820. This quiet spot away from the hustle and bustle of the city has become attractive for a variety of reasons.

There are two dining rooms – the Terrace Café in the heart of the garden and the Gateway Restaurant in the new Education Centre at the west entrance, while Inverleith House is a highly regarded contemporary art gallery and the former building of the city’s Gallery of Modern Art.

The Royal Yacht Britannia

The Britannia yacht is renowned for its popularity for good reason. Whether you’re a royalist or not, there’s plenty to enjoy on the yacht, which was the Queen’s floating royal residence for over 40 years. The state suites, crew quarters, bridal suite and engine room are the real highlight. If you feel like making a stopover, you can end your journey with tea and scones or sandwiches in the inexpensive Royal Deck Tea Room, which has a great view of the waterfront.

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Arthur’s Seat

At any time of year, Arthurs Seat is the perfect place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether it’s a light snowfall or a bright sunny day, a short stroll through Holyrood Park and up to this landmark will make you feel unforgettable. Take in the view of Edinburgh’s skyline from the Salisbury Cliffs or watch the birds at Duddingston Loch.

From museums with world-famous collections and tours of the city’s ancient past, to chic gambling venues and thrilling amusement parks, Edinburgh has plenty to keep the whole family entertained. Choose the activities that suit you best and enjoy all of Edinburgh’s charms. Visit this unique city for a fun and unforgettable experience!

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