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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
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“Special evening event at Edinburgh Castle: Castle of Light: Expect wonder, enchantment and a spectacle of colour this festive season as Edinburgh Castle, the defender of the nation, becomes the ‘Castle of Light’. Follow in the footsteps of Scotland’s heroes and be welcomed by stunning visuals and state of the art lighting installations. Watch as the history of this iconic landmark illuminates the very walls that saw it unfold. A magical experience for all of the family - Prepare to be dazzled! First year this has been put on so we can't tell you much more except all the locals are excited about it. You must book online beforehand and wear appropriate clothing for the outdoors as it can be chilly up on Castle Rock! Book here: xzzzz and let us know what you think so we can tell other guests. ”
  • 669 locals recommend
  • 24 Experiences
Mountain
“Brush the cobwebs away and climb Arthur’s seat to see the fabulous views. It can be cold. U need trainers! Put the high heels away! ”
  • 884 locals recommend
  • 9 Experiences
Museum
“A great option if it's raining during your stay and you want to be indoors, the museum is free although there are occasionally exhibitions you can pay to see. It's bigger than you might think and recommend you give yourself a few hours at least to look around!”
  • 570 locals recommend
  • 6 Experiences
Botanical Garden
“A place to go for some much needed peace and quiet. Soup for the soul as they say...”
  • 561 locals recommend
  • 3 Experiences
Art Gallery
“Ten minutes walk from our AirBnB - Home to Scotland’s outstanding collection of modern and contemporary art.”
  • 341 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Park
“Lots of high street shops including M&S, Zara, Frasers, Boots, Superdrug. Also good place to pick up souvenirs at tourist”
  • 214 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Park
“Great for a stroll or if your feeling energetic a game of tennis or play with the kids in the park. ”
  • 328 locals recommend
  • 3 Experiences
Park
“Carlton hill is at the east end of Princes street, right in the heart of the city. It’s a very small hill with very big views. Climb up the steps from street level, and you’ll be welcomed with stunning views north across the Forth estuary to Fife, and south over the old town and Arthur’s Seat”
  • 263 locals recommend
  • 13 Experiences
Art Gallery
“It is a unique Art Gallery, near the centre of town, which displays the best of Scottish Portraits on 3 floors. It is free entry and has a good cafe. ”
  • 214 locals recommend
Palace
“The Queen's official residence in Edinburgh and the home of Scottish royal history. Open throughout the year, the Palace of Holyroodhouse stands at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile, with beautiful views of Arthur's Seat. ”
  • 191 locals recommend
Park
“Princes Street gardens runs along Edinburgh's main shopping street. If the weather is nice, its a great place to sit and watch the world go by. ”
  • 162 locals recommend
Garden
“Just a short bus ride from the city, Portobello has a wonderful beach. Take a walk along the beach, have a pint in the Espy, get a Luca's ice-cream, go to the arcades, or just enjoy the spectacular views of the Forth.”
  • 197 locals recommend
  • 4 Experiences
Science Museum
“Camera Obscura & World of Illusions is a major tourist attraction in the Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland located on Castlehill section of the Royal Mile close to Edinburgh Castle. This visitor attraction is now home to over 100 interactive exhibits, including the original Camera Obscura, and is based over five floors including a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of Edinburgh.”
  • 151 locals recommend
Gastropub
$$$
“A little bit of a walk from old town. Lunch and dinner. Must book. Famous chef”
  • 198 locals recommend
Cemetery
“Calton Hill is one of Edinburgh's main hills, set right in the city centre. It is unmistakable with its Athenian acropolis poking above the skyline. ”
  • 212 locals recommend
Theatre
“The Edinburgh Playhouse has a number of quality theatre productions showing throughout the year. ”
  • 114 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Gastropub
“A little bit of a walk from old town. Lunch and dinner. Must book. Famous chef”
  • 198 locals recommend
Bar
“This is my number 1 tip when visiting Edinburgh! It has beautiful architecture, lovely food and a great atmosphere for a drink, lunch, dinner or afternoon tea.”
  • 143 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Incredible seasonal, regional eating experience involving tasting menus and communal dining. They do a pretty mean brunch too! Booking needed”
  • 152 locals recommend
Bakery
“Our favourite place for breakfast, you can ask for typical bacon and egg roll ;) delicious:) ”
  • 159 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Great Thai street food joint. It can get really busy, but it's totally worth the wait.”
  • 142 locals recommend
Scottish Restaurant
“Another foodies’ treat,by The Shore.There’s also a lovely bar,if you’d just like a drink.The cocktails are impressive!”
  • 137 locals recommend
Pub
“Shabby chic in style, this popular bar is relaxed and serves a wide variety of drinks as well as food. - Elm Row SPECIAL DIETS Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options MEALS Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks CUISINES Bar, European, Pub FEATURES Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service, Wheelchair Accessible”
  • 132 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Best pizzeria with kids. Friendly authentic Italian staff and they can choose an ice cream for pudding. Online deliveries too”
  • 131 locals recommend

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