Top 10 Fun things to do in Edinburgh – make most out of it

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and one of the oldest towns established in 12th century. Edinburgh is UK’s second most visited city and the most popular tourist destination in the UK. It was the first city in the world to have its own fire service. The glorious place Edinburgh is world famous for its stunning architecture. Edinburg’s streets are loaded with nice restaurants, classic pubs. It is a city that calls you to explore it by foot, narrow streets, passageways, stairs, hidden church and much more. Edinburgh’s breathtaking landscape is worth exploring, as it made from from the volcanic Pentland Hills in the south to the seaside resort of Portobello in the East. Check out the top 10 fun things to do in Edinburgh.

1. Edinburgh Old Town

Edinburgh Old Town

It is the oldest town in the city and provides you different experience of the ancient time. The streets are lined with classic architecture, traditional pubs, souvenir shops and monuments. You will love the outstanding views, interesting people, street artists, classic shops walking across the streets.

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2. Camera Obscura & World of Illusions

Camera Obscura & World of Illusions
The Ames Room – picture by Tony Marsh

Experience over 100 illusions and spectacular 360-degree view of Edinburgh at Camera Obscura & World of Illusions. One of the oldest attractions in Edinburgh established in 1835. Enjoy optical illusions, tricks, and fun activities for all the ages mirror maze, vortex tunnel, and shrinking room. All the illusions and displays exhibits are different and interesting. Have a great day out there and tick off one of the top 10 fun things to do in Edinburgh.

3. Royal Yacht Britannia

Royal Yacht Britannia
Steve Daniels / The Royal Yacht Britannia in Portsmouth

Royal Yacht Britannia one of the most popular attraction among tourists and attracts over 390000 visitors a year. It was the first royal yacht designed in service from 1954 to 1997. Iconic Royal Yacht Britannia is one of the most popular ships in the world. Explore its 5 decks including the Royal apartments, Crew’s Quarters, Engine Room and Royal Deck Tea Room with a free audio guide available in many languages. Visit and admire the beauty of this beautiful ship.

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4. Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is one of the top UK’s Heritage Attraction with a rich history as a royal residence, military fortress, and prison of war. This Castle is the home of the Scottish National War Memorial and an interesting exhibit about the Scotland costumes, weapons etc. Edinburgh is the marvelous piece of the history on a hill. Enjoy the stunning view from the top of the Edinburgh Castle.

5. Arthur’s Seat

Arthur's Seat

Arthur’s Seat is a volcano 251m above sea level, located in Holyrood Park, at the end of the Royal Mile. A stunning and peaceful place with extensive view over the city from the top. If you want to go hiking without leaving the city, this is the best option for you, wear some nice pair of shoes and you are ready to go. Enjoy beautiful sunrise and sunset with your family.

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6. National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland

Discover the diversity of world cultures and history, art and design, science and technology, Scottish history, fashion, musical instruments all in one place. There is a great wildlife section too. National Museum of Scotland is an astonishing museum with fantastic exhibits, take you on a journey of discovery through the history of Scotland. Their staff is welcoming and attentive. Worth visiting, Do not miss out one of the top 10 fun things to do in Edinburgh.

7. Royal Mile

Royal Mile

The Royal Mile is a beautiful street in Edinburgh’s Old Town, retained many historic buildings to visit. At the top of it there is Lawnmarket and most of the historical sites are around the Royal Mile. Make sure to visit the Tron Kirk and have a look at the World Heritage Exhibition, an introduction to Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage Site and the other five sites across the Scotland. Do not forget to explore this street enroute to the castle.

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8. Palace of Holyroodhouse

Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh and the home of Scottish royal history, located opposite the Scottish parliament. This site is well organized, safe, and interesting to look around this palace steeped in the royal history. Excellent audio and video guide is available. Art exhibits in the Queen’s Gallery are stunning, all the paintings and artifacts are a beautiful and stunning piece of artwork. Do not miss the visit to the great historical place and one of the top 10 fun things to do in Edinburgh.

9. The Scotch Whisky Experience

The Scotch Whisky Experience

The Scotch Whisky Experience is a five star whisky visitor attraction located Old Town of Edinburgh. The world’s largest collection of Scotch Whiskies, whether you like sweet, fruity, or smoky flavors their experts will guide you to find your perfect dram. Have a sensational experience through their whisky tours, they offer over 477 different derivations of whisky. Dining within the World’s Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky is the perfect place to celebrate a special day with family members and friends and one of the top 10 fun things to do in Edinburgh.

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10. Calton Hill

calton hill edinburgh

Calton Hill is one of the iconic landmarks of the city. This hill is famous for its collection of National monuments. It’s one of the Edinburgh’s main hill situated right in the center of the city.

It is one of the beautiful spots with incredible views in Edinburgh, have a walk to the top of Calton Hill and watch the sunset and night sky upon Edinburgh city. Perfect place for your next picnic!