What to See and Do in Edinburgh
Why not start your break with a morning visit to Edinburgh Castle, only a 10min walk from The Real Mary King’s Close at the top of the Royal Mile. A must see when in the capital with great views across the city, steeped in military and Royal history.
From there it’s a short walk to Camera Obscura and World of Illusions perfect to keep the little ones (and big kids) entertained with fascinating optical illusions on all 6 floors!
Continue down the Royal Mile to discover Our Dynamic Earth where visitors can take a journey through space and time!
At the bottom of The Royal Mile you will find The Palace of Holyroodhouse, a working royal residence with a turbulent history steeped in intrigue and murder! This Palace is the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen when in Scotland and has been a royal home for 500 years. Today the Palace of Holyroodhouse is the country’s only working royal palace.
You can walk in the footsteps of kings and queens, both past and present, discover Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie, explore the magnificent State Apartments and stroll the manicured gardens, where The Queen hosts her annual garden party for 8,000 guests.
If underground Edinburgh has caught your imagination don’t miss out visiting Gilmerton Cove, where a series of passageways and chambers are hand-carved from sandstone. If you enjoy a guided tour to help you explore all Edinburgh has to offer Mercat Tours offer visitors ghostly goings-on experiences.
And the best way to get around and discover the locations and beauty of the city is on one of the iconic open top bus tours run by Edinburgh Bus Tours.