When thinking about holidays, Scotland is the perfect destination. It’s packed full of historical places to visit and other types of fun tourist attractions as well. Specifically in the city of Edinburgh, there is much more to do than you might even imagine, so it pays to do a little research for yourself about the opportunities and plan your itinerary. The following are some of the top tourist places to visit in Edinburgh, Scotland.
#1 Edinburgh Castle
This is the real deal folks! It is considered by many to be the #1 landmark in all of Scotland.
Highlights of your visit include canon fire, which is a tradition considering it used to help the ships get their clocks synchronized. Additionally, you get to look at the Crown Jewels, the ‘Stone of Destiny’ and the National War Memorial. There is a story to the ‘Stone of Destiny,’ and this stone was just brought back to Scotland in 1996 after being in England for 700 years! There are other historical structures that will blow you away just as much, but you can’t visit Edinburgh without stopping by Edinburgh Castle.
#2 Palace of Holyrood house
Are you wanting a chance to meet the Queen while you’re in Edinburgh? In all seriousness, that will not happen, but the Palace of Holyrood house is where she stays when she’s in Edinburgh. Did you know that?
That fact alone should make this one of your own official pit stops. How about getting to take a look at the Historic and State Apartments? This is after all where Mary Queen of Scots used to live. You’ll also want to check out the history of Scottish kings in ‘The Great Gallery,’ and the Holyroodhouse fountain is a must see as well!
#3 National Museum Of Scotland
You can see now why planning your trip is so important. You don’t want to show up at the Palace of Holyrood house, only to find out you’re not able to visit certain spots because the Queen is on site. Furthermore, with all those places to visit, you want a travel agent to help you get prepared to see everything.
That National Museum of Scotland should make your list. This museum offers admission for free, so you can’t beat that price. You’re privy to 16 galleries and over 8,000 artifacts. Have you ever wanted to see what a guillotine looked like in person? Here, you can also visit the first sheep in history that was cloned, Dolly, remember her? The museum building itself looks like another castle, but you might be surprised to know that it just opened in the past few years.
#4 Royal Yacht Britannia
While you may not own a yacht or have had the pleasure of boarding one, why not make your first experience getting to check out the Royal Yacht Britannia? This yacht was used for years by the royal family, and now it’s retired and has recently been made available for tours.
Step aboard onto one of the most unique tourist attractions in Edinburgh, Scotland. There is a sun lounge, a tea room and of course you want to visit the living quarters or royal bedrooms. The Royal Yacht Britannia is located in Edinburgh’s port area, and now you will have visited two places that have served as the queen’s private quarters.
#5 Museum of Childhood
Do you have kids along with you on your trip to Edinburgh? If so, this will be the highlight of their trip! And if you don’t have kids, this doesn’t mean you should skip this tourist attraction, as there is plenty for adults to enjoy as well. You are privy to the largest collection of historical toys you’ve ever seen!
Not only do you get to browse the vast collection of toys, but you can also dress up in costumes, explore a Victorian streetscape and step into the world of growing up like you wouldn’t believe. Not to mention, when I say historical toys, I mean toys that predate your grandparents as well, which means you’ll see toys you’ve never seen or heard of before.
#6 Charlotte Square
This hot tourist spot is not always topping everyone’s lists with so many attractions to choose from. However, it is definitely still a favorite, and I recommend you take a look at the scenic pictures to understand why you want to make a stop here. You will be visiting the former homes of Alexander Graham Bell and Joseph Lister after all.
#7 Princes Street
Get ready to be surrounded by tons of people, but that’s exactly what this hot tourist spot is all about. This is one place you will want to get quite a bit of shopping done while visiting Edinburgh. While Princes Street appears at first glance to be all hustle and bustle, there are many historical buildings to visit while you’re on this street.
You can’t escape a visit to Princes Street, so you just want to go ahead and mark it down. You’ll wish you had visited if you pass it up. Jenners is one of the stores you want to visit, and this isn’t just any store. It’s the oldest department store, not just in Scotland, but in the entire world!
#8 Royal Botanic Garden
This will be a relaxing and unique getaway. When you pull up the pictures, you might not think it’s as big as it is, but it’s a total of 70 acres! The garden itself doesn’t charge you anything to get in, which is a great bonus, but there is a charge to enter the Glasshouses.
Are you marking all of these top tourist destinations in Edinburgh down for your upcoming visit? There are plenty more that didn’t make this list, so based on your own interests, start forming an itinerary ahead of time so you can ensure you visit all the tourist attractions you want to see while you’re there.