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Attractions in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Attractions Guide

With its dramatic surrounding scenery and fantastic architecture, there is so much to see on a trip to our city. There are plenty of things to do in Edinburgh all year round. But we have chosen some of the top attractions to get you started. There are, of course, plenty more activities you can enjoy during your stay at Parliament House. So don’t be afraid to ask us for additional information on Edinburgh attractions.

Steeped in history, Edinburgh seamlessly blends old and new to provide visitors with the perfect destination to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a diverse and vibrant city. Edinburgh’s Old Town and New Town (which is not so new anymore) are jointly listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our many historic Scottish buildings include Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and the churches of St. Giles, Greyfriars and the Canongate. We have several fascinating museums and galleries. Such as the National Museum of Scotland and the National Gallery of Scotland. And you only need to take a short walk up Calton Hill, just next door to our hotel, for spectacular views and a historic collection of landmarks and monuments.

The city is also famous for its year-round festivals. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has grown since 1947 into the biggest annual international arts festival in the world. It takes place every summer, alongside the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Book Festival, Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and many more special events. Then over the winter, we have our famous Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations to look forward to.

Select from our Edinburgh attractions above to find out what fun awaits you in this artistic and historic city.

Edinburgh Castle at sunset

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle doesn’t need much of an introduction. It is home to the Stone of Destiny, the annual ...

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Calton Hill Monuments

Calton Hill

Calton Hill is one of the best places to soak up the beautiful views of the city of Edinburgh. Here, at Parliament House, we are convenientl...

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Bobby, the famous Greyfriars dog

Greyfriars Bobby

Greyfriars Bobby is a very famous dog in Scotland. He was a Skye Terrier who became known in 19th century for (as legend has...

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National Gallery of Scotland

National Gallery of Scotland

The National Galleries Complex is among the finest of Edinburgh galleries. It encompasses the N...

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Dinosaur Skeleton

National Museum of Scotland

From the dawn of the dinosaurs to the technology revolution, discover all about Scotland’s past, present and future at the National Museum...

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Holyrood Palace

Palace of Holyrood House

Located at the bottom of the Royal Mile, at the opposite end to ...

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Blossoms on a tree

Royal Botanic Gardens

The Botanic Gardens Edinburgh is a beautiful year-round attraction that is just as popular with residents as it is with tourists. Here ...

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Ship wheel and bell

Royal Yacht Britannia

Having welcomed aboard Kings, Queens and Heads of State from around the world, the Royal Yacht Brita...

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Barrels of Whisky

Scotch Whisky Experience

If there is one thing we Scots have perfected over the years, it would have to be our whisky. Producing some of the world’s most famous wh...

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Enjoy the sights at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art during your stay at the Parliament House Hotel, Edinburgh.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Sitting alongside the Dean Gallery, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is home to some of the finest modern and cont...

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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is one of the Edinburgh’s most beautiful buildings. Designed as a shrine f...

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St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh

St Giles' Cathedral

The historic St Giles' Cathedral is an iconic building in Scotland’s historic capital. Founded in about 1124, St Giles’ has been a ...

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Giant panda walking across grass

Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo Will Bring Out The Animal In You Wild about Scotla...

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Stirling Castle in Scotland

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle near Edinburgh is one of Scotland’s largest and most fascinating castles, rich in history and stu...

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The Kelpies in Falkirk Scotland

The Kelpies in Falkirk

The Kelpies in Falkirk are two beautiful horse-head sculptures at The Helix Ecopark in Central Scotland. They make ...

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Person drinking coffee at a Cat Cafe

Cat Café in Edinburgh

Do you love cats in all their fluffy gloriousness? Can you easily spend several hours on Youtube watching your ...

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Three Chihuahuas

Dog Café in Edinburgh

Do you love doggy play-time and cuddles? Maybe you’re on holiday without your dog and missing your canine pal. Perhaps you can’t have a ...

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