7 top things to do in Edinburgh

Visiting Edinburgh is perhaps one of the most memorable experiences you shall have.  Edinburgh city offers a wealth of experiences and interests to satisfy every appetite of interest from travellers who visit our amazing city.  Hotels.tv Edinburgh provides a complete secure booking portal for all hotels in Edinburgh; hotels central Edinburgh and hotels across Edinburgh Lothians.  We often get asked about the top things to do in Edinburgh and top places to visit in Edinburgh during your stay with us.

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Here are our top 7 things to do during your visit Edinburgh.


  1. Arthurs Seat is one of four hill forts, dating from around 2,000 years ago. Situated within Holyrood Park, as well as it’s rich cultural heritage, the park offers walks, solace, wildlife, volcanic geology and unparalleled vistas of the city from its many vantage points. The park has several Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) designations due to its exceptional range of grassland habitats and its internationally important volcanic geology. Ranger service is on site. Of course whilst you’re in the Holyrood Park why not take a look at Holyrood Palace?


  1. Royal Yacht Britannia – so you’ve stayed at your wonderful hotel in Edinburgh and now would like to feel and experience more luxury…….a visit to one of the Queens’ favourite vessels. As Visit Scotland says the Royal Yacht Britannia is one of ‘Scotland’s best visitor attraction’.  Jump on board and experience what life was like on board The Royal Yacht Britannia with a fascinating audio tour of five decks. Discover this floating palace that served the British Royal Family for over forty years. Highlights of the tour include the elegant State Apartments, the Crew’s Quarters, the Engine Room and the stunning Royal Deck Tea Room. Complimentary audio guide in 22 languages. Open year round with free parking at Ocean Terminal. The Royal Yacht is only 15 minutes from Edinburgh city centre.
  2. Visit Edinburgh Castle

If you’ve never seen it, Edinburgh Castle is one of the finest castles in the world, and is truly one of the best things to do in Edinburgh. Sitting at the highest point in the old town Edinburgh castle has lorded it over the city for hundreds of years. Walk up the Royal Mile (High St) to soak up the feeling of history as you approach the castle. The views from all round the castle across Edinburgh are spectacular. The Scottish Crown Jewels are displayed in Edinburgh Castle, and there is a massive war memorial inside that can be very moving when you see all the names of men who have lost their life fighting for their country

4. Visit the National Museum of Scotland

On Chambers Street, Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland is a masterpiece and one of the World’s finest museums. The museum reopened in summer 2011 after extensive refurbishment and is rated by many people as the best thing to do in Edinburgh. If you have a wet, rainy day in Edinburgh, visiting this museum will keep you busy all day. There are lots of interactive stuff for the kids. The National Museum of Scotland is now integrated onto it so there is twice as much to see. Even without the wonderful exhibits, this museum is a work of art in itself. Stand in the central atrium and look up at the marvellous victorian architecture. Walk to the join between the old and new museums and look up at the array of different angles, shapes and light bouncing around. The National Museum in Edinburgh is just simply fantastic!!

5.    Walk the length of Princes Street

Starting at the east end of Princes Street (Edinburgh’s main shopping street) by Waverley station, walk west along the entire mile of street. Don’t be sucked in immediately by the plethora of shops on your right hand side, but instead focus your attention on the vista appearing on your left. This is the skyline of Edinburgh’s Old Town and you could easily shoot a whole roll of film trying to capture it. The park on your left is Princes Street Gardens and it can be a perfect place to while away an hour or so with a picnic lunch, or sandwich from one of Princes Streets shops. As you continue along Princes Street, the skyline on your left gets higher and higher until at the top of it lies Edinburgh Castle in all it’s glory, protected by high cliffs.

6.    Edinburgh Zoo

With over 1,000 animals from every corner of the globe, including giant pandas, Edinburgh Zoo is a fantastic family day out. Meet the penguins at the famous Penguin Parade and get closer than ever before to the chimpanzees at the new state-of-the-art Budongo Trail. Edinburgh Zoo offers the whole family a brilliant value for money day out and of course, it is within easy reach from your hotel in Edinburgh by bus, car or train.

7.    Our Dynamic Earth

Take a fascinating journey back through space and time at Our Dynamic Earth. Located at the bottom of Arthur’s Seat, near the Scottish Parliament, embark on a journey through the history of our planet and catch a glimpse into the future – great family fun.  There are many interactive, interesting and mind boggling exhibits and things to keep the kids ( and bigger ones!) amused. There are plenty of hotels near Dynamic Earth and many Edinburgh City Centre hotels which are well placed for walking or the bus.










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