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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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“A great day out for all the family, an amazing insight into Scotland's past coupled with fantastic views over Edinburgh and the surrounding area. In the castle you will find "Mons Meg" this siege cannon can shoot a 330 pound stone almost 2 miles - now days it just gets fired to tell us its 1 o'clock everyday. You will also find Scotland's Crown Jewels and be amazed by the architecture of the castle that has been built on top of a dormant volcano. You will not be disappointed with the castle and all it has to offer.”
  • 673 locals recommend
Museum
“This building is a mixture of old and new architecture. A great way to spend the afternoon with existing and visiting exhibitions. Don't forget to look up the ceiling is a sight for sore eyes. ”
  • 575 locals recommend
Mountain
“How could visit Edinburgh and not hike up the city's best hill. Offering amazing views over Edinburgh, out onto the Firth of Fourth, up to the castle and right beside Hollyrood Palace. ”
  • 891 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden is the second oldest such garden in Britain. Don't miss its stunning glass palm house. A lovely place to get away from the crowds and recharge.”
  • 565 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Wonderful setting, you can walk around the gardens before taking in an exhibition. Also has a great cafe.”
  • 343 locals recommend
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
Park
“Great for a stroll or if your feeling energetic a game of tennis or play with the kids in the park. ”
  • 330 locals recommend
Park
“A little closer to the centre than Arthurs Seat, Carlton Hill offers similar fantastic panorama views over Edinburgh and the surrounding area. A bit easier to get to the top too and walking distance from the flat. Take a picnic if its a nice day and enjoy the views. ”
  • 268 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Amazing building. Do not forget your camera! Free entrance from 10am - 5 pm.”
  • 216 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful gardens between the Old Town and New Town and split in two by the Mound. Free admission most of the day. Do not miss: -Scott Monument: climb the 287 steps to the top for a super view of the city. - West End Churches: St John´s Church worth visiting for its fine gotic and St Cuthbert´s Parish Church - Floral Clock during the summer is displayed. ”
  • 163 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
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.”
  • 198 locals recommend
Science Museum
“A combination of Edinburgh history, city views and an experience with optical illusions, the Camera Obscura appeals to all ages. You'll need to visit on a clear day though to get the most out of it.”
  • 156 locals recommend
Gastropub
$$$
“A little bit of a walk from old town. Lunch and dinner. Must book. Famous chef”
  • 198 locals recommend
Palace
“This is the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II when she is in Scotland, you can visit the palace, gardens and see the abbey ruins. From time to time there are special events and exhibitions, e.g. Russia, Royalty and the Romanovs (Friday, 21 Jun 2019 - Sunday, 3 Nov 2019) ”
  • 107 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
Bakery
“This is a fantastic little cafe just round the corner from the flat. They have an amazing selection of fresh breads and other bakery treats. You can sit in for breakfast, lunch etc or grab something to take back. Probably one of the best coffee's in Edinburgh too.”
  • 160 locals recommend
Bar
“Amazing pub and restaurant. It is worth a visit to have a look at its dome.”
  • 144 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Incredible seasonal, regional eating experience involving tasting menus and communal dining. They do a pretty mean brunch too! Booking needed”
  • 154 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Omg omg, just fantastic place to eat, quick and super tasty, reasonably priced too! Be prepared to share your space to others- this ia not a fancy restaurant ”
  • 143 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
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!”
  • 139 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Fantastic pizza and you can either go and eat in their lovely restaurant, order it for delivery at home or, if you are at The Joker & The Thief on Leith Walk, order it and have it with your pint of Tennent's (they serve it up on a platter, and provide napkins etc....amazing!). The Vesuvio is my firm favourite!”
  • 118 locals recommend

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