Best tours in Edinburgh

Check out the top tours in Edinburgh, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals

1. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

1. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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305 local reviews
20 Inverleith Row, Edinburgh
Closed now
0131 552 7171
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Toby
The Botanic Gardens are a centre for the study of plants, their diversity and conservation, as well as a popul…
Jon
Enjoy a gentle stroll through Edinburgh’s stunning botanic gardens and enjoy the sights, sounds and scents thr…
Stewart
The Botanic Gardens are a centre for the study of plants, their diversity and conservation, as well as a popul…
1. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

1. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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305 local reviews
20 Inverleith Row, Edinburgh
Closed now
0131 552 7171
Toby
Toby
The Botanic Gardens are a centre for the study of plants, their diversity and conservation, as well as a popular tourist attraction. The lav…
Jon
Jon
Enjoy a gentle stroll through Edinburgh’s stunning botanic gardens and enjoy the sights, sounds and scents throughout the changing seasons. …
Stewart
Stewart
The Botanic Gardens are a centre for the study of plants, their diversity and conservation, as well as a popular tourist attraction. The lav…
2. The Oxford Bar

2. The Oxford Bar

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9 local reviews
8 Young St, Edinburgh
Closed now
0131 539 7119
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Moira
Ian Rankin's books immortalised a basic pub where tourists join locals for real ale and bar lunches. A must f…
Cally
Ian Rankin's books immortalised a basic pub where tourists join locals for real ale and bar lunches.
Mark
Favourite pub of Novelist Ian Rankin's character Inspector Rebus.
2. The Oxford Bar

2. The Oxford Bar

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9 local reviews
8 Young St, Edinburgh
Closed now
0131 539 7119
Moira
Moira
Ian Rankin's books immortalised a basic pub where tourists join locals for real ale and bar lunches. A must for Rebus fans.
Cally
Cally
Ian Rankin's books immortalised a basic pub where tourists join locals for real ale and bar lunches.
Mark
Mark
Favourite pub of Novelist Ian Rankin's character Inspector Rebus.
3. Palace of Holyrood House

3. Palace of Holyrood House

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163 local reviews
Canongate, EDINBURGH
Closed now
0131 556 5100
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Noreen
A tour of the Queen’s official palace in Scotland will show you more tapestries, paintings and plasterwork tha…
Carol
The Palace of Holyroodhouse was built in 1128 and served as the main residence for the Kings and Queens of Sco…
Bettina
Another place to learn a fantastic amount about scottish history and a great amount about the royal family. Ho…
3. Palace of Holyrood House

3. Palace of Holyrood House

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163 local reviews
Canongate, EDINBURGH
Closed now
0131 556 5100
Noreen
Noreen
A tour of the Queen’s official palace in Scotland will show you more tapestries, paintings and plasterwork than you can shake a sceptre at, …
Carol
Carol
The Palace of Holyroodhouse was built in 1128 and served as the main residence for the Kings and Queens of Scotland from the 15th century on…
Bettina
Bettina
Another place to learn a fantastic amount about scottish history and a great amount about the royal family. Holyrood Palace up to this date …
4. Our Dynamic Earth

4. Our Dynamic Earth

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67 local reviews
112-116 Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh
Closed now
0131 550 7800
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Gill
For families really. Kids love the tour back in time to when the earth began. Good special effects and educa…
James
Dynamic Earth is a 5 star visitor experience which invites you to take a journey through time to witness the s…
Joanne
It's a great big white dome full of science based stuff. And on a nice day you can sit out side on the steps a…
4. Our Dynamic Earth

4. Our Dynamic Earth

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67 local reviews
112-116 Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh
Closed now
0131 550 7800
Gill
Gill
For families really. Kids love the tour back in time to when the earth began. Good special effects and educational.
James
James
Dynamic Earth is a 5 star visitor experience which invites you to take a journey through time to witness the story of planet Earth. It is a…
Joanne
Joanne
It's a great big white dome full of science based stuff. And on a nice day you can sit out side on the steps and look at other people sittin…
5. Museum of Scotland

5. Museum of Scotland

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310 local reviews
Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Closed now
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Maria
This recently refurbished but still appealingly eccentric palace of wonder is a mad dash through the history o…
Raffaele
This recently refurbished but still appealingly eccentric palace of wonder is a mad dash through the history o…
Sam
Scotland's most visited attraction, ahead of the castle. It's free, it's exciting for kids, it's out of the r…
5. Museum of Scotland

5. Museum of Scotland

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310 local reviews
Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Closed now
Maria
Maria
This recently refurbished but still appealingly eccentric palace of wonder is a mad dash through the history of the world and everything in …
Raffaele
Raffaele
This recently refurbished but still appealingly eccentric palace of wonder is a mad dash through the history of the world and everything in …
Sam
Sam
Scotland's most visited attraction, ahead of the castle. It's free, it's exciting for kids, it's out of the rain. Tour guides study it.
6. The Royal Yacht Britannia

6. The Royal Yacht Britannia

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129 local reviews
The Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh
Closed now
0131 555 5566
Establishment
Susan
The Royal Yacht Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing ov…
Farai
Built on Clydeside, the former Royal Yacht Britannia was the British royal family's floating holiday home duri…
Noreen
Despite the indignity of being tethered next to a shopping mall, Britannia is a class act. Presented as if the…
6. The Royal Yacht Britannia

6. The Royal Yacht Britannia

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129 local reviews
The Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh
Closed now
0131 555 5566
Susan
Susan
The Royal Yacht Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the …
Farai
Farai
Built on Clydeside, the former Royal Yacht Britannia was the British royal family's floating holiday home during their foreign travels from …
Noreen
Noreen
Despite the indignity of being tethered next to a shopping mall, Britannia is a class act. Presented as if the Royal family and crew have ju…
7. Concrete Wardrobe

7. Concrete Wardrobe

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20 local reviews
50A Broughton Street, Edinburgh
Closed now
0131 558 7130
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Mairi
Of the beaten track, this is an interesting wee shop run by two textile designer/makers. Stocking original wor…
Fiona
Lovely quirky gifts and untouristy Scottish products.
Isabelle
Contemporary craft and gifts by Scottish Makers wonderful, informative staff.
7. Concrete Wardrobe

7. Concrete Wardrobe

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20 local reviews
50A Broughton Street, Edinburgh
Closed now
0131 558 7130
Mairi
Mairi
Of the beaten track, this is an interesting wee shop run by two textile designer/makers. Stocking original work made by people working or tr…
Fiona
Fiona
Lovely quirky gifts and untouristy Scottish products.
Isabelle
Isabelle
Contemporary craft and gifts by Scottish Makers wonderful, informative staff.
8. The Queen's Hall

8. The Queen's Hall

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19 local reviews
85-89 Clerk Street, Edinburgh
Closed now
0131 668 2019
Establishment
Susan
The Queen's Hall offers a wide range of events to tempt you all year round - classical, jazz, blues, pop, rock…
Raffaele
The Queen's Hall is a 900-capacity music venue, situated on Clerk Street in Edinburgh, Scotland. Originally bu…
Conrad
Great venue for live music
8. The Queen's Hall

8. The Queen's Hall

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19 local reviews
85-89 Clerk Street, Edinburgh
Closed now
0131 668 2019
Susan
Susan
The Queen's Hall offers a wide range of events to tempt you all year round - classical, jazz, blues, pop, rock, world, folk and comedy. Dur…
Raffaele
Raffaele
The Queen's Hall is a 900-capacity music venue, situated on Clerk Street in Edinburgh, Scotland. Originally built in 1823 as Hope Park Chape…
Conrad
Conrad
Great venue for live music
9. Festival Theatre Edinburgh

9. Festival Theatre Edinburgh

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31 local reviews
13-29 Nicolson St, Edinburgh
0131 529 6000
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Graeme
The Edinburgh Festival Theatre is a performing arts venue located on Nicolson Street in Edinburgh, Scotland us…
Raffaele
The Edinburgh Festival Theatre is a performing arts venue located on Nicolson Street in Edinburgh, Scotland us…
Sara
The Edinburgh Festival Theatre is a performing arts venue located on Nicolson Street in Edinburgh, Scotland us…
9. Festival Theatre Edinburgh

9. Festival Theatre Edinburgh

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31 local reviews
13-29 Nicolson St, Edinburgh
0131 529 6000
Graeme
Graeme
The Edinburgh Festival Theatre is a performing arts venue located on Nicolson Street in Edinburgh, Scotland used primarily for performances …
Raffaele
Raffaele
The Edinburgh Festival Theatre is a performing arts venue located on Nicolson Street in Edinburgh, Scotland used primarily for performances …
Sara
Sara
The Edinburgh Festival Theatre is a performing arts venue located on Nicolson Street in Edinburgh, Scotland used primarily for performances …
10. City Art Centre

10. City Art Centre

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5 local reviews
2 Market Street, Edinburgh
Closed now
0131 529 3993
Art galleryStoreEstablishment
Susanne & John
Large exhibition space for art exhibitions and touring shows of design and photography. Cafe.
Sara
Large exhibition space for art exhibitions and touring shows of design and photography.
Gill
Good contemporary art gallery - mugs, cushions, jewellery make interesting ideas for souvenirs?
10. City Art Centre

10. City Art Centre

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5 local reviews
2 Market Street, Edinburgh
Closed now
0131 529 3993
Susanne & John
Susanne & John
Large exhibition space for art exhibitions and touring shows of design and photography. Cafe.
Sara
Sara
Large exhibition space for art exhibitions and touring shows of design and photography.
Gill
Gill
Good contemporary art gallery - mugs, cushions, jewellery make interesting ideas for souvenirs?
11. Edinburgh Castle

11. Edinburgh Castle

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358 local reviews
Castle Hill, Edinburgh
Closed now
0131 225 9846
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Calum
The castle is a world famous icon of Scotland and part of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. It was recently vot…
Carlos
As well as being Edinburgh’s most popular tourist attraction, this centuries-old structure has become one of t…
ROSS
The castle is a world famous icon of Scotland and part of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. It was recently vot…
11. Edinburgh Castle

11. Edinburgh Castle

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358 local reviews
Castle Hill, Edinburgh
Closed now
0131 225 9846
Calum
Calum
The castle is a world famous icon of Scotland and part of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. It was recently voted top UK Heritage Attraction …
Carlos
Carlos
As well as being Edinburgh’s most popular tourist attraction, this centuries-old structure has become one of the most enduring icons of the …
ROSS
ROSS
The castle is a world famous icon of Scotland and part of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. It was recently voted top UK Heritage Attraction …
12. Arthur's Seat

12. Arthur's Seat

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436 local reviews
Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh
Natural feature
Catherine
The famous peak in the centre of the city, super impressive to look at but not actually as big as it seems! Le…
Claire
After a trip to Edinburgh most people who know the city will ask if you climbed Arthur's Seat. If you have th…
Ian
Arthur's Seat is an old extinct volcano. It is quite steep and I would recommend wearing a decent pair of sho…
12. Arthur's Seat

12. Arthur's Seat

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436 local reviews
Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh
Catherine
Catherine
The famous peak in the centre of the city, super impressive to look at but not actually as big as it seems! Leaving my flat you can be at th…
Claire
Claire
After a trip to Edinburgh most people who know the city will ask if you climbed Arthur's Seat. If you have the time and inclination I would…
Ian
Ian
Arthur's Seat is an old extinct volcano. It is quite steep and I would recommend wearing a decent pair of shoes. It gets quite busy in the…