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Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and one of the 32 municipalities. Historically part of the county of Midlothian, it is located in Lothian on the southern coast of the Firth of Forth. Edinburgh has been the Scottish capital and seat of the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament and the highest Scottish courts for at least the 15th century. The City Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of the monarchy in Scotland. The city has long been a center of education, especially in the fields of medicine, Scottish law, literature, science and technology. It is the second largest financial center in the UK, and the city's historic and cultural attractions make it the second most popular tourist destination in the UK, attracting over one million overseas visitors each year.

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Royal Mile

Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1PE, UK
Visit the fascinating heart of Edinburgh and the city's most beautiful historic street with its many pubs, restaurants, cafes, museums, hotels, shops and much more. Explore this famous street that leads through Old Town Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace, while enjoying the atmosphere and beautiful views of the city. Apart from shopping and dining, you can also enjoy some sightseeing as there are several historical sites. You will find the St. Giles Cathedral, one of the most important architectural landmarks, or the Real Mary King's Close, a fascinating historic lane.
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Calton Hill

Calton Hill Edinburgh EH1 3BJ, UK
Calton Hill is in the heart of the city and is an absolute must in Edinburgh. Climb up to enjoy the breathtaking view of the surroundings - the sunsets are especially beautiful here. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is often included in pictures or paintings of the city. There are also various picturesque buildings that can be seen on the top. Most notable are the National Monument of Scotland, two observatories and the Nelson Monument. Both locals and tourists love this hill and have protested against all attempts to turn it into a theme park or build a railway.
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Scottish Parliament

EH99 1SP
This jewel of modern architecture is located in the Holyrood district and since 2004 houses the Scottish Parliament. The building was designed by Spanish architect Enric Miralles. Even at first glance you can see that it borrowed forms and features from nature itself. Marvel at the exterior and its leaf-shaped walls or relax by the artificial pond that stands next to it. Parliament offers an exciting opportunity to experience Scotland's political life. Public areas are freely accessible and you can even attend debates and committee meetings if you book your visit in advance. You can also visit one of the specialized guided tours or visit the exhibition on the first floor. The Parliament also houses a nice gift shop.
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National Galleries of Scotland

The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL, UK
The National Gallery of Scotland, which opened in 1859, is housed in this neoclassical building designed by a great Scottish architect, William Henry Playfair. If you are interested, other Playfair projects can be seen in Edinburgh - for example Dugald Stewart Monument and Donaldson's College. The gallery houses an ultimate collection of classic and modern art from different countries. It is certainly an enchanting experience for every visitor. The exhibitions are arranged according to countries and epochs, so that you can start with the Italian Renaissance and end with the French impressionism. Highlights of the permanent exhibition include Velazquez 'Old Woman Brateier and Gauguin's Vision après le Sermon. The hotel is within walking distance of Edinburgh Waverley Rail Station.
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Museum of Edinburgh

142 Canongate Edinburgh, Midlothian EH8 8DD, UK
The Museum of Edinburgh occupies a historic building from the late 16th century and provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the history of the city. Once known as the Huntly House Museum, its exhibition will take you through Edinburgh's past, revealing its origins and legends. The rich collection of various historical items includes, for example, a copy of the National Covenant, an artifact from the 17th-century Scottish Presbyterian movement. The aim of the museum is to present history in an interactive way. So children can have fun in their study room to explore historical crafts and replicas. It also houses a shop where you can buy unique souvenirs with a Scottish theme.
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National Museum of Scotland

Chambers Street, EH1 1JF, Edinburgh
The National Museum of Scotland is located on Chambers Street, opposite Greyfriars Kirk, in a Romanesque-style building. The exhibitions here provide a wonderful and educational experience for adults and children. The museum has a variety of exhibits on seven floors and it contains various artifacts from the time of the dinosaurs to today's technology and science. One of the biggest highlights of the exhibition is the stuffed body of Dolly, the sheep that was the first cloned mammal. To promote knowledge more interactively, the museum designed some apps, including highlights maps and even games that will help you discover the museum's offerings. You can come by train, the nearest train station is Edinburgh Waverley.
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National War Museum

Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, UK
One of the National Museums of Scotland, in this case, dedicated to the 400 years of wars and battles. You can see military equipment and weapons, but there are also uniforms, kilts, medals and silverware to be admired. If you are a Scottish history fan, don't miss on this one! There is also a special exhibition devoted to Highland soldiers who rebelled against the British Empire in the 17th and 18th centuries. Come and find out more about these tough times that are the source of inspiration for the Outlander series. The museum also houses a collection of paintings depicting the horrors of the both First and Second World Wars.
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The Scotch Whisky Experience

354 Castlehill
The ultimate whisky attraction offering a journey through the distilling process. If you want a thorough education on all things Scotch, from the blending process, through to production of single malts, we would say the Scotch Whisky Experience is a good place to start. The tour is a thrilling experience. Start with a barrel ride through an exhibition explaining how whisky is made, then carry on to a huge room where your guide will explain more about the five different regions of Scotland and their specific taste of whisky. This is accompanied by videos on a huge screen that could rival those of the Scottish tourism board. Next, dive right into the tasting, choosing a whisky from one region (and you get to keep the glass afterwards). Finally, finish your tour in the largest collection of whisky in the world, numbering over 3000 bottles. You can finish your tour at the bar where you can taste more whiskys, or visit the restaurant. There's a huge gift shop here, too, selling not only the golden beverage, but also Scottish shortbread, plaids and more souvenirs. Get here directly from the Royal Mile. You do not need to book your tour in advance, but as the attraction is quite popular, it can save you some time.
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Mary King's Close

2 Warriston's Close
Mary King's Close is a historic close located under buildings on the Royal Mile, in the historic Old Town area of Edinburgh, Scotland. It took its name from one Mary King, a merchant burgess who resided on the Close in the 17th century. The close was partially demolished and buried due to the building of the Royal Exchange in the 18th century, and later closed to the public for many years. The area became shrouded in myths and urban legends; tales of hauntings and murders abounded. However, new research and archaeological evidence has revealed that Mary King's Close actually consists of a number of closes which were originally narrow streets with tenement houses on either side, stretching up to eight stories high. Mary King's Close is now operated as a visitor attraction where guests can take guided tours and learn about Edinburgh's hidden history.
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Sports

The Meadows

Melville Dr, Edinburgh EH9 9EX, United Kingdom
The best place for a sunny afternoon - you can play golf, croquet or tennis, or enjoy one of the various festivals held here.
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Union Canal

The Union Canal, full name the Edinburgh and Glasgow Union Canal, is a canal in Scotland, running from Falkirk to Edinburgh, constructed to bring minerals, especially coal, to the capital. It was opened in 1822 and was initially successful, but the construction of railways, particularly the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway, which opened in 1842, diminished its value as a transport medium. It fell into slow commercial decline and was closed to commercial traffic in 1933. It was officially closed in 1965. The canal is listed as three individual Scheduled monuments by Historic Scotland according to the three former counties, Midlothian, West Lothian and Stirlingshire, through which it flows. It has benefited from a general revival of interest in canals, and, as a result of the Millennium Link, was re-opened in 2001 and reconnected to the Forth and Clyde Canal in 2002 by the Falkirk Wheel. It is now in popular use for leisure purposes.
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Murrayfield Stadium

Murrayfield Stadium Edinburgh EH12 5PJ, UK
Murrayfield Stadium is a sports stadium located in the west end of Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Its all-seater capacity is 67,144 which makes it the largest stadium in Scotland and the fifth largest in the United Kingdom. The stadium is the home of the Scottish Rugby Union, and is primarily used as a venue for rugby union and hosts most of Scotland's home test matches, the Scottish Hydro Electric Cup final, as well as Pro14 and European Rugby Champions Cup matches. Although mainly a rugby union stadium, Murrayfield has in the past hosted American football, rugby league and association football matches and music concerts.
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Easter Road Stadium

12 Albion Place, EH7 5QG, Edinburgh, GB
Easter Road is a football stadium located in the Leith area of Edinburgh, Scotland, which is the home ground of Scottish Premiership club Hibernian. The stadium currently has an all-seated capacity of 20,421, which makes it the fifth-largest football stadium in Scotland. Easter Road is also known by Hibs fans as "The Holy Ground" or "The Leith San Siro". The venue has also been used to stage international matches, Scottish League Cup semi-finals and was briefly the home ground of the Edinburgh professional rugby union team. Hibs first played at the present site of Easter Road in 1893. The ground holds the record attendance for a Scottish match outside Glasgow, when 65,860 attended an Edinburgh derby on 2 January 1950. The size of the terracing was greatly reduced in the 1980s.
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Tynecastle Stadium

Tynecastle Park is a football stadium situated in the Gorgie area of Edinburgh, which is the home ground of Scottish Professional Football League club Heart of Midlothian. It has also hosted Scotland international matches, and been used as a neutral venue for Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup semi-finals. Tynecastle has a seating capacity of 20,099, which makes it the sixth-largest football stadium in Scotland. Hearts have played at the present site of Tynecastle since 1886.
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Murrayfield Stadium

Murrayfield Stadium is a sports stadium located in the west end of Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Its all-seater capacity is 67,144 which makes it the largest stadium in Scotland and the fifth largest in the United Kingdom. The stadium is the home of the Scottish Rugby Union, and is primarily used as a venue for rugby union and hosts most of Scotland's home test matches, the Scottish Hydro Electric Cup final, as well as Pro14 and European Rugby Champions Cup matches. Although mainly a rugby union stadium, Murrayfield has in the past hosted American football, rugby league and association football matches and music concerts.
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Tynecastle Park

Edinburgh
Tynecastle Park is a football stadium situated in the Gorgie area of Edinburgh, which is the home ground of Scottish Professional Football League club Heart of Midlothian. It has also hosted Scotland international matches, and been used as a neutral venue for Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup semi-finals. Tynecastle has a seating capacity of 20,099, which makes it the sixth-largest football stadium in Scotland. Hearts have played at the present site of Tynecastle since 1886.
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Royal Commonwealth Pool

22 Gracemount Drive, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH16 6RN, UK
The Royal Commonwealth Pool is a category-A-listed building in Edinburgh that houses one of Scotland's main swimming pools. It is usually referred to simply as the Commonwealth Pool and known colloquially as the 'Commie'.
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Midlothian Snowsports Centre

Biggar Road, Hillend, EH10 7DU Edinburgh, UK
The Midlothian Snowsports Centre, formerly the Hillend Ski Centre, is the longest dry ski slope in Europe, situated near Hillend near Edinburgh, South East Scotland. It is a national training centre for Scottish Olympians, with 29 having been trained there as of 2010, including Finlay Mickel, a former British number one downhill skier.Being just outside the Edinburgh City limits to the south of the city beyond the southern bypass road and in the shadow of the Pentland Hills, the centre is operated by Midlothian Council. It is used for skiing, snowboarding and snowblading, and social use includes lessons for adults and children occurring all year round. An outdoor facility, all runs are made of matting that is suitable for use all year round, and floodlighting allows the slopes to be used in the evenings. A misting system ensures the slopes remain lubricated to increase speed and to create a more realistic surface.
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Restaraunts

The Elephant House

21 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EN, Edinburgh
A must for fans of the Harry Potter series - JKR has written the first book in this tea and coffee shop.
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Edinburgh Farmers' Market

Castle Terrace Edinburgh EH1 2EN, UK
Held every Saturday, this is the ultimate place to buy fresh food of all types. The sellers are carefully picked.
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Voodoo Rooms

19A West Register Street, EH2 2AA, Edinburgh
This award-winning bar, restaurant, music and an entertainment venue in one, has a superb selection of all spirits, next-level cocktails and a very cool feel to it. It is well worth your visit to maybe try the traditional Scotch, enjoy one of its delicious meals or just to enjoy the atmosphere.
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Hard Rock Cafe

20 George Street
This renowned theme restaurant opened in 1998. The walls here are covered with more than 120 pieces of rock and roll memorabilia, such as Ringo Starr's leather jacket or the Red Hot Chili Peppers guitar. Come here for burgers, salads, or just a few cocktails.
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Teuchters Landing

1C Dock Place
A nice place to take the family for a spot of lunch. A really happy atmosphere, excellent beers and a lengthy whisky list. Good food and friendly staff.
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West End Village

Popular area for shopaholics. There are plenty of boutiques, accessory stores and unique gift shops as well as cosy cafés and restaurants.
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Bistro du Vin

11 Bristo Place, EH1 1EZ, Edinburgh
It’s cool, it’s stylish, it’s opulent and to top it all off, it has a very impressive whisky list including a 1964 Girvan, which is rarer than hen’s teeth. You can have something to eat in their very well priced brasserie and then retire to the whisky snug with the possibility of a cheeky wee cigar in their cigar den to polish off the evening.
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Ocean Terminal

Ocean Drive, Edinburgh
Ocean Terminal located in the Leith area of Edinburgh, Scotland, is a shopping centre, designed by Sir Terence Conran. It is built on former industrial docklands on the north side of the city at the edge of the boundary between formerly separate ports of Newhaven and Leith. The land was formerly occupied by the Henry Robb shipyard, which closed in 1983. Since then, the entire area has undergone urban renewal and regeneration, much led by and on the lands in the ownership of Forth Ports and its predecessors. These and other developments have played key parts in the regeneration of Leith. The now-decommissioned Royal Yacht Britannia, which is accessed via the Britannia Visitor Centre within Ocean Terminal, is permanently berthed next to the building and can be viewed from the centre.
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Sheep Heid Inn

43-45 The Causeway
The Sheep Heid Inn is a public house in Duddingston, Edinburgh, Scotland. There has reputedly been a pub on this spot selling liquor and victuals since 1360. If this foundation date was proved correct it would make The Sheep Heid Inn perhaps the oldest surviving licensed premises in Edinburgh, if not Scotland.
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Going Out

Grassmarket Market

Grassmarket, EH1 2JR, Edinburgh
This historic market square was once witness to many public executions - here you will find a monument commemorating the victims. Grassmarket is also mentioned in Daniel Defoe's account of Edinburgh's visit in the 1720s. Nowadays this place has everything. To be hungry? Then step into some of the many restaurants that line this place. They serve both traditional Scottish dishes and international cuisine. It is also a popular place to enjoy Edinburgh's nightlife and shopping. Fancy something unique? Grassmarket houses the city's only cat cafe and a famous joke shop.
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George IV Bridge

George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, UK
This elevated street is surrounded by bars and restaurants and is an excellent restaurant. If you want to visit a unique restaurant, come to Elephant House. J.K. Rowling loved this place and she sat here writing her stories. If you fancy something extravagant, visit the Frankenstein Pub. The atmosphere there is really mysterious with all the gothic windows and skulls used as decoration. But there are more on this street than restaurants and bars. The road connects the Royal Mile and the National Museum of Scotland and the architecture of the buildings along the road is also impressive.
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Victoria Street

Victoria St Edinburgh EH1, UK
If there was an award for the most picturesque street in Edinburgh, Victoria Street would definitely get it. The colorful facades of the local shops attract many tourists who are hungry for a nice photo and are often seen on the postcards. It is a very busy place full of boutiques, restaurants, bars and music clubs.
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Brew Dog

145 Cowgate, EH1 1JS
BrewDog is a multinational brewery and pub chain based in Ellon, Scotland.
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Bow Bar

80 West Bow
A small and laid-back bar that will cater to any whisky lover's needs. Also serves several kinds of ales.
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Usher Hall

Lothian Rd Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1, UK
The Usher Hall is a concert hall, situated on Lothian Road, in the west end of Edinburgh, Scotland. It has hosted concerts and events since its construction in 1914 and can hold approximately 2,200 people in its recently restored auditorium, which is well loved by performers due to its acoustics. The Hall is flanked by The Royal Lyceum Theatre on the right and The Traverse Theatre on the left. Historic Scotland has registered the Hall with Category A listed building status.
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Traverse Theatre

10 Cambridge Street
The Traverse Theatre is a theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was founded in 1963 by John Calder, Jim Haynes and Richard Demarco seeking to extend the spirit of the Festival throughout the year.The Traverse Theatre commissions and develops new plays or adaptations from contemporary playwrights. It also presents a large number of productions from visiting companies from across the UK. These include new plays, adaptations, dance, physical theatre, puppetry and contemporary music.The Traverse is a pivotal venue in Edinburgh, particularly during the Edinburgh Festivals in August. It is also the home of the Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival and the Imaginate Festival.
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Church Hill Theatre

33 Morningside Road, EH10 4DR
Church Hill Theatre is a Category B listed pink sandstone former church and current theatre venue owned by the Edinburgh City Council. Built originally as Morningside Free Church, the council purchased it in 1960. After undergoing an extensive refurbishment, it re-opened in August 2006. It is managed by the team operating the Assembly Rooms.
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Cafe Voltaire

36-38 Blair Street
A venue that is open all week with different music each night. The club also houses live gigs and hosts various other events.
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Hiking

Edinburgh Castle

Castlehill, EH1 2NG, Edinburgh
The most majestic attraction in Edinburgh - a 12th-century fortress, home to the Scottish Royal Jewels. Perhaps the longest-occupied place in the region, the castle has experienced many turbulent events in its long history. Scotland has historically been a rather troubled area and involved in many more or less significant conflicts. Edinburgh Castle is famous for its hostile dungeons where many prisoners have been tortured over the years. Places like these are usually associated with many legends from different times, and this place is no exception. Come and discover the creepy and damp underground tunnels. The scary story is not all that the castle has to offer. You can visit the Great Hall, where kings and queens organize banquets, the National War Memorial, which honors Scottish soldiers in their honor, and the Scottish royal jewels in a small chamber next to the Great Hall. The nearest train station is Edinburgh Waverley. You can also come here by tram Princes Street. If you walk, you can go up the Royal Mile.
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West Princes Street Gardens

Princes Street Edinburgh EH2 2AN, UK
Come and enjoy the perfect place to rest after a long day of shopping on Princes Street. The gardens are right in the heart of the city, in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. The popular park was founded in 1876. Although the railroad was extended by part of it, the park did not really change over the years. In addition to the beautiful nature, there are several statues and monuments to admire along the south side of Princes Street. The most dominant of these is the Scott Monument, a tower dedicated to Sir Walter Scott. Do not miss the Ross Fountain or the famous flower clock. Dogs are welcome in the park, but make sure your pets are kept on a leash all the time.
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Holyrood Park

Queens Drive, EH8 8HG, Edinburgh
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the Scottish capital, Holyrood Park is an ideal place for a bit of hiking. The park is appreciated by locals and tourists alike for its wildlife. Its highest point, Arthur's Seat, offers a fascinating backdrop to the city. It is just a short walk from Edinburgh city center and is definitely worth a visit. Other places to visit include St. Anthony's Chapel, Duddingston Loch and Salisbury Crags. Interesting Note: This park is sometimes referred to as Queen's Park or King's Park. The name is changed according to the gender of the monarch.
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Arthur's Seat

Arthur's Seat is located in the center of Holyrood Park and is the highest point. As such, it offers beautiful views of the city and the hike is not very difficult. This popular tourist attraction is still a great retreat from Edinburgh's hustle and bustle. Although there is a popular belief that the name of this mountain is associated with King Arthur and legends and romances that surround his reign, there is no real evidence for this claim. It was also suggested that Arthur's Seat might have been a possible location for the Camelot Castle. If you plan to go all the way up, you should wear suitable shoes as the road could be slippery. Bring some snacks and drinks, as the walk takes about an hour and a half. You can go to Holyrood Palace by bus (lines 6 and 35, hop on buses also stop here) and walk from there.
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Dean Village

Dean Path, Edinburgh EH8 8BH, United Kingdom
Dean Village is a former village immediately northwest of the city centre of Edinburgh, Scotland. It was known as the "Water of Leith Village" and was the centre of a successful grain milling area for more than 800 years. At one time there were no fewer than eleven working mills there, driven by the strong currents of the Water of Leith.
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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

20A Inverleith Row Edinburgh, EH3 5LR, UK
A family-friendly place to visit if the city gets overwhelming. The wide collection of plants is breathtaking.
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The Water of Leith Walkway

The Water of Leith Walkway is a public footpath and cycleway that runs alongside the small river of the same name through Edinburgh, Scotland, from Balerno to Leith. The concept of a public path first appeared in 1949, but the necessary construction work was not begun until after 1973. Nowadays, it provides access to many interesting sights, like the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Dean Gallery.
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Craigmillar Castle

Craigmillar Castle Road Edinburgh, Lothian EH16 4SY, UK
A well-preserved medieval castle with a garden that will charm you with its atmosphere. Queen Mary is said to have stayed here.
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Edinburgh Zoo

134 Corstorphine Road, EH12 6TS, Edinburgh
Open since 1913, this zoo is now home to at least 1.000 species of rare or endangered animals. Come and spend a classic day out here - you can meet penguins, and UK's only koalas and pandas, catch a ride around the safari, enjoy the various exhibits or just stroll around the park.
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Relaxing

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Canongate, EH8 8DX, Edinburgh
Visit the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty the Queen. It was originally founded in 1128 as a monastery and lies at the end of the historic Royal Mile. The palace is closely linked to the history of Scotland, as it is best known as the home of Mary, Queen of the Scots. Come here to explore several magnificent historic and state apartments. Nowadays it mainly serves as a royal palace, but it is also open to the public, who can admire the items of the royal collection and attend regular exhibitions. And even if you're not a fan of the royal family, this place is definitely worth a visit, as you can also admire the ruins of the 12th-century abbey and stroll through the royal gardens. There are interesting events that are organized from time to time. Make sure you check the official website before you visit.
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East Princes Street Gardens

Situated right next to Princes Street, this tranquil park is perfect if you need to regroup for a bit after exploring the city. If the weather is nice, you can sit down on one of the many benches and have lunch here.
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St Andrew Square

St Andrew Square is a city square in Edinburgh, Scotland located at the east end of George Street. The construction of St Andrew Square began in 1772, as the first part of the New Town, designed by James Craig. Within six years of its completion St Andrew Square became one of the most desirable and most fashionable residential areas in the city. As the 19th century came to a close, St Andrew Square evolved into the commercial centre of the city. Most of the rest of the square is made up of major offices of banks and insurance companies, making it one of the major financial centres in Scotland. At one time, St Andrew Square could claim to be the richest area of its size in the whole of Scotland.
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Gorgie City Farm

51 Gorgie Road Edinburgh EH11 2LA, UK
Gorgie City Farm is a city farm in Gorgie. south-west Edinburgh. It was established in the late 1970s and officially opened in 1982. Animals include cows, sheep and goats. There is a small play park encouraging imagination led play. Entry is free but the organisation relies on donations to maintain this as well as the council grant and other funding for specific projects. Certain activities are put on for a minimum donation. The social enterprises charge the relevant fees. Parking is limited to blue badge holders.
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Leith Links East

Leith Links is the principal open space within Leith, the docks district of Edinburgh, Scotland. This public park extends to 18.5 hectares. In its current form it is divided by a road into two main areas, a western section and an eastern section, both being largely flat expanses of grass bordered by mature trees. Historically it covered a wider area extending north as far as the shoreline of the Firth of Forth. This area of grass and former sand-dunes was previously used as a golf links.
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London Road Gardens

London Road Gardens are located close to the city centre of Edinburgh in the New Town, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site inscribed in 1995. They occupy a long strip of land from east to west along the lower northern slope of Calton Hill, with an area of 4.37 hectares. The gardens are notable for their large, old trees including limes and some fine, surviving elms, also spring flowers, particularly daffodils.
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Leith Links West

Leith Links is the principal open space within Leith, the docks district of Edinburgh, Scotland. This public park extends to 18.5 hectares. In its current form it is divided by a road into two main areas, a western section and an eastern section, both being largely flat expanses of grass bordered by mature trees. Historically it covered a wider area extending north as far as the shoreline of the Firth of Forth. This area of grass and former sand-dunes was previously used as a golf links.
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Shopping

Princes Street

Princes St Edinburgh, UK
Princes Street is probably the city's most famous boulevard. The interesting thing about this street is the fact that a large part of the one side has no buildings and thus offers a magnificent view of the popular Princes Street Gardens and the famous Edinburgh Castle. There are other interesting attractions along this street - such as Scott Monument and National Gallery of Scotland. If you visit the UK for shopping, this is the place for you. There are both normal shops and first-class boutiques. If you are hungry for a little shopping, there are also a number of restaurants.
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Cockburn Street

Cockburn St Edinburgh EH1, UK
Cockburn Street is a picturesque street in Edinburgh's Old Town, created as a serpentine link from the Royal Mile to Waverley Station in 1856. It is named after the Scottish lawyer, judge and literary figure Henry, Lord Cockburn who was influential in urging his fellow citizens to remain vigilant in ensuring that early-Victorian expansion, e.g. improvements such as Cockburn Street, did not irrevocably damage or obliterate the built heritage and environment. The street contains a series of small specialist shops.
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Camera Obscura & World of Illusions

549 Castlehill
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions is a major tourist attraction in the Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland. Founded by entrepreneur Maria Theresa Short in 1835 and a key site in Patrick Geddes development of regional planning, it is located on the Castlehill section of the Royal Mile next to Edinburgh Castle.
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Jenners

47-52 Princes Street, Edinburgh
Jenners Department Store, now known simply as Jenners, is a department store located in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was the oldest independent department store in Scotland until its acquisition by House of Fraser in 2005.
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St. James Centre

1 Leith Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3SS, UK
The St. James Centre, now St. James Shopping, was a shopping centre next to the former New St. Andrew House office building for the Scottish Office, in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was initially designed by Burke Martin Partnership in 1964 but was completed by architects Ian G Cooke and Hugh Martin of Hugh Martin & Partners after Martin's partnership with Ian Burke ceased in 1969.The Brutalist architecture of the government offices, atop the shopping centre, made it one of Edinburgh's most unloved buildings, but the shopping centre was a popular and busy shopping location. All of the Shops in the centre with the exception of John Lewis closed in 2016 in preparation for demolition which has since commenced, work on extensions to John Lewis has also begun. The centre had over 60 stores, cafés, restaurants and a food court. Until recently it boasted many popular stores such as River Island, Burton, Wallis, Next, Sports Direct, JD Sports, Subway, Game and Dorothy Perkins.
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Gyle Shopping Centre

Gyle Avenue, EH12 9JY, Edinburgh
The Gyle Shopping Centre is located in the South Gyle area of Edinburgh, Scotland. The main centre has two anchor tenants, Marks & Spencer and Morrisons, at opposite ends of the shopping centre.
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Sightseeing

St Giles' Cathedral

Royal Mile, EH1 1RE, Edinburgh
Visit this beautiful historic building in the heart of Edinburgh, one of the most important architectural landmarks of the Royal Mile. It was supposedly founded in 854 as a parish church and later renewed in the 12th century - the traces of the historic structures can still be seen in the present building. Later, in history, many chapels and altars were added to the building, thanks to the generous donations of prominent merchants and nobles. Come and admire the place where John Knox, considered Scotland's Martin Luther, gave his first Reformation sermon in 1559 and began spreading the Presbyterian form of Protestantism throughout Scotland.
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Sir Walter Scott Monument

East Princes Street Gardens
Admire this huge church steeple dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, one of Scotland's greatest historical writers. You can do this either from the ground, or you can climb 287 steps and enjoy a spectacular view of the city from the top. Construction began in August 1840, the anniversary of Scott's birthday, and was completed four years later. It is over 60 meters high and there are 64 statues on the monument, which are mainly characters from Scott's historical novels, but also some characters from Scottish history. It's definitely worth a visit, even if you're not a fan of literature. The monument is accessible from Princes Street. Make sure the steps are pretty tight, so maybe that's not your thing if you do not feel comfortable in such rooms. There are 4 floors where you can stop and look around, so you do not have to climb all the stairs at once.
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Old Calton Cemetery

27 Waterloo Place EH1 3BQ, Edinburgh, UK
This cemetery is the resting place of many famous citizens of Edinburgh, such as David Hume, John Playfair and William Blackwood. Opened in 1718, it is now a peaceful place north of Edinburgh. Cross the cemetery and marvel at historic tombstones and mausoleums. Notable landmarks that can be seen in Old Calton include the Politary Martyrs' Monument, a 27 m high obelisk built in 1844 and the American Civil War Memorial with Abraham Lincoln. The monument is dedicated to the Scots, who fought and died in the war. The cemetery is within walking distance of Edinburgh Waverley Rail Station.
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Greyfriars Bobby Statue

Greyfriars Kirk Cemetery Edinburgh, EH1 2QQ, UK
Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known in 19th-century Edinburgh for spending 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until he died himself on 14 January 1872. The story continues to be well known in Scotland, through several books and films. A prominent commemorative statue and nearby graves are a tourist attraction.
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St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral

23 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh
St Mary's Cathedral or the Cathedral Church of Saint Mary the Virgin is a cathedral of the Scottish Episcopal Church in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was built in the late 19th century in the West End of Edinburgh's New Town. The cathedral is the see of the Bishop of Edinburgh, one of seven bishops within the Episcopal Church, which is part of the Anglican Communion. Designed in a Gothic style by Sir George Gilbert Scott, the cathedral is now protected as a category A listed building. and part of the Old Town and New Town of Edinburgh World Heritage Site.
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University of Edinburgh

Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL
The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1582, is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland's ancient universities. The university is deeply embedded in the fabric of the city of Edinburgh, with many of the buildings in the historic Old Town belonging to the university.The University of Edinburgh is ranked 18th in the world by the 2019 QS World University Rankings. It is ranked as the 6th best university in Europe by the U.S.
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Holyrood Abbey

Holyrood Abbey is a ruined abbey of the Canons Regular in Edinburgh, Scotland. The abbey was founded in 1128 by King David I. During the 15th century, the abbey guesthouse was developed into a royal residence, and after the Scottish Reformation the Palace of Holyroodhouse was expanded further. The abbey church was used as a parish church until the 17th century, and has been ruined since the 18th century. The remaining walls of the abbey lie adjacent to the palace, at the eastern end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile. The site of the abbey is protected as a scheduled monument.
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HMY Britannia

Ocean Drive, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ, UK
Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia, also known as the Royal Yacht Britannia, is the former royal yacht of the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, in service from 1954 until 1997. She was the 83rd such vessel since King Charles II acceded to the throne in 1660, and is the second royal yacht to bear the name, the first being the racing cutter built for the Prince of Wales in 1893. During her 43-year career, the yacht travelled more than a million nautical miles around the globe. Now retired from royal service, Britannia is open to visitors and is permanently berthed at Ocean Terminal, Leith, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Over 300,000 tourists visit the yacht each year.
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Charlotte Square

Charlotte Square is a garden square in Edinburgh, Scotland, part of the New Town, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The square is located at the west end of George Street and was intended to mirror St. Andrew Square in the east. The gardens are private and not publicly accessible.
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Traveling

Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport Scotland, Edinburgh EH12 9DN, UK
Edinburgh Airport is an airport in the Ingliston area of ​​the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. It was the busiest airport in Scotland in 2016, with over 12.3 million passengers this year, an increase of 11.1% compared to 2015. It was also the sixth largest airport in the UK by passengers in 2016. It It is located 5 NM west of the city center, in the immediate vicinity of the M8 and M9 motorways. It is owned and operated by Global Infrastructure Partners, who are also majority owners and manage the management of Gatwick Airport. The airport has a runway and a passenger terminal and employs around 2,500 people.
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Edinburgh Waverley

EH1 1BB Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Edinburgh Waverley railway station is the principal station serving Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland. It is the northern terminus of the East Coast Main Line, 393 miles 13 chains from London King's Cross, although some trains operated by London North Eastern Railway continue to other Scottish destinations beyond Edinburgh.Services to and from Edinburgh Waverley are primarily operated by Abellio ScotRail, including four routes to Glasgow, the Fife Circle, the recently reopened Borders Railway and services to Stirling/Dunblane/Alloa/North Berwick/Dunbar. The station is the terminus of the Edinburgh leg of the West Coast Main Line served by Virgin Trains and TransPennine Express. Long distance inter-city trains to England are operated by CrossCountry to destinations such as York, Leeds, Sheffield, Derby, Birmingham New Street, Bristol Temple Meads, Exeter St Davids and Plymouth.
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North Bridge

Stop by this 160 m long road bridge, built at the end of the 19th century, which offers excellent views of Edinburgh's splendid sights. A great way to appreciate the beauty of the city. Also, there's a war memorial, as a tribute to soldiers who died in the Scottish campaigns.
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Haymarket

Haymarket Terrace, EH12 5EY, Edinburgh
Haymarket railway station is the second largest railway station in Edinburgh, Scotland, after Waverley railway station.The station serves as a major commuter and long-distance destination, located near the city centre, in the West End. Trains from the station serve much of Scotland, including Fife and Glasgow, as well as suburban lines to the east, and the East Coast Main Line through to London King's Cross. It is the seventh busiest railway station in Scotland.
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Edinburgh Bus Station

Edinburgh Bus Station is the bus station serving central Edinburgh, which opened in its present form in February 2003.The bus station is on Elder Street, where the buses enter, with pedestrian access also at St Andrew Square. Buses and coaches serve Glasgow, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and Fife. Megabus and National Express also serve the station to destinations that are mainly in England and Wales. The bus station is along with the adjacent Multrees Walk development, which includes Harvey Nichols and many other high-end retailers and was designed by the Edinburgh office of the architectural firm CDA. From May 2014, the bus station has been served by the adjacent St Andrew Square tram stop of Edinburgh Trams, with a direct connection to and from Edinburgh Airport.
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Train Station

A small train station running services to Edinburgh and several other cities. There are no shops here, so if you'd like to grab some food before you leave, stop by at the nearby mall.
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Edinburgh Gateway station

Edinburgh Gateway station is a railway station and interchange at Gogar in Edinburgh, Scotland, which opened on 11 December 2016. It is served by Abellio ScotRail and Edinburgh Trams, and serves both Gogar and Edinburgh Airport, to which it is connected by the tram line.
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Drylaw

Drylaw is an area in the north west of Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, located between Blackhall and Granton. It forms the community of Drylaw–Telford. Formerly the estate of Drylaw House, built in 1718, the home of the Loch family, the area became the site of a major housing scheme in the 1950s designed to rehouse the occupants of Leith. It is on the A902 road. Its name comes from the Scots language and means "hill without a spring".
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Hotels

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

Princes Street, EH1 2AB, Edinburgh
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, is a hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland. Opened in December 1903, it is an example of a British grand railway hotel, formerly called The Caledonian Hotel, and nicknamed 'The Caley'. It stands at the west end of Princes Street, and is a category A listed building.
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Britannia Hotel Edinburgh

69 Belford Road, EH4 3DG, Edinburgh

Royal Mile Backpackers

105 High Street, EH1 1SG, Edinburgh, GB

Kick Ass Hostels

2 West Port

adagio aparthotel

231 Canongate

St Christopher's Inn

9-13 Market Street, EH1 1DE, Edinburgh

Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh West End

166 Fountainbridge, EH3 9RX, Edinburgh

No. 32 Hotel

32 Coates Gardens, EH12 5LE, Edinburgh

Hub by Premier Inn