Famous for its blend of history, festivals, culture and the arts, Edinburgh is one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities. Castle or café, gallery or theatre, shopping or sightseeing, there’s plenty to fill your time. And the golf courses, glens and lochs of Scotland are close by too.
Think of Scotland and Edinburgh Castle soon springs to mind. It is a world-famous icon which attracts 1.2 million visitors a year – making it far and away the most popular paid-for visitor attraction in the land. Perched on an extinct volcano, this instantly recognisable fortress is a powerful national symbol and part of Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. Its story is Scotland's story.
National Museum of Scotland
The National Museum of Scotland brings together our rich Scottish heritage with exciting international collections. Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, art and design, science and technology and Scottish history, all under one roof.
National Galleries of Scotland
The National Galleries of Scotland offers some of the best Scottish and international art in the world across three sites in Edinburgh; the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
Edinburgh is the world's Festival City. It’s where people come together from across the globe to share their passion for arts, culture and ideas. This welcoming, inspiring and open-minded atmosphere is heightened by the approachable beauty of this breathtaking historical city. With 12 Festivals throughout the year, there’s an endless array of events, performances and spectacles to enjoy.
Royal Yacht Britannia
The Royal Yacht Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the globe. This magnificent ship has played host to some of the most famous people in the world and is now berthed in Edinburgh where you can follow in the footsteps of royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences.
Our Dynamic Earth takes you on a journey through our planet’s past, present and future, with interactive exhibits and impressive technology. Beginning with the Big Bang, children and adults alike can witness the creation of the Earth, follow the planet through its evolution and even catch glimpses of its future.