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  • History (7333)
  • Sightseeing (6584)
  • Shopping (6217)
  • Castles (4554)
  • Culture (4538)
  • Architecture (3508)
  • Food (2745)
  • Monuments (2493)
  • Museums (2127)
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Edinburgh was highly rated for sightseeing by 4,822 guests from the United Kingdom!

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What is it in Edinburgh that makes history come alive?

Carol Ann
Carol Ann, United Kingdom

17 days ago Report

Guided Walks available which makes it more interesting, timed slots so it is not too busy.
Royal Mile is very evocative of times gone by with the impressive castle at the end of the Mile

How can you enjoy the sights in Edinburgh while avoiding the crowds?

Colin
Colin, United Kingdom

30 days ago Report

Edinburgh bus tours hop on hop off 1 day pass. Buy the ticket mid morning so you can use it until the time of purchase the next day. We used the second day to visit the Royal Britannia Yacht. Use google maps to inform on which local bus to catch back to your hotel location.

Why would you recommend Edinburgh for food?

Robert
Robert, United Kingdom

11 days ago Report

Ate at a restaurant called McKirdy's Steakhouse. A family affair where the meat is supplied by the butcher who is a family member. Great knowledge & recommendation of steaks to fit your personal requirements. Friendly Staff and excellent service.

How can you get the most authentic cultural experience in Edinburgh?

Anonymous, Location unknown

20 days ago Report

Visit the museums and galleries, attend music performances and discover local fares.

How well restored were the castles in Edinburgh?

yvonne
yvonne, United Kingdom

11 days ago Report

Edinburgh castle was a fantastic, day out for the whole family, grandparents, parents and children. Loads to see, very informative staff and lots to see and discuss. View fantastic. Tip, book ahead on line to save long queue (we actually did it while stood in queue)
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Is there more to shopping in Edinburgh than main street stores?

Fiona
Fiona, Russia

14 days ago Report

Troon for ladies clothing on Queensferry Rd
Ragamuffin on Royal Mile cnr of Mary St ladies clothing and accessories
George St has many boutique shops

Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in Edinburgh.

olive
olive, Ireland

26 days ago Report

The ease of access to the 'main every departmental stores and shops on Princess St' with its busy vibrancy. The easy bus accessibility / frequency / cost controls to other areas of the city for local shopping e.g Stockbridge with its wide selection of charity shops selling high quality / inexpensive goods and that ensure help gets to the various worth - while charities.

Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?

Mark
Mark, United Kingdom

25 days ago Report

Try Tollcross there are lots of great restaraunt's Thai, Nepalese, Indian, Italian but to name a few and after that there are two independent Cinema's near by.

What makes Edinburgh one of those classic city trip experiences?

Chris
Chris, Ireland

11 days ago Report

Has everything you could want.food, drink,scenery, history and well run public transport

What was the most entertaining thing you saw in Edinburgh?

Adrian
Adrian, United Kingdom

27 days ago Report

We visited the Royal Yacht Britannia at Leith which s 10 minutes drive from the city centre it is a fantastic place to visit and can recommend taking lunch on board

What makes the people from Edinburgh so friendly? Tell us your story.

Ruth
Ruth, United Kingdom

21 days ago Report

We met up with a busker who was collecting for charity, offered to have his photo taken with us and gave our son a go on his bagpipes. All shop and restaurant staff were friendly and extremely efficient with a relaxed jovial manner - not overly friendly and pushy. We were impressed by the booth staff at the castle that were extremely efficient but pleasant and kept the queue moving rapidly to enter the castle

What did you discover about the museums in Edinburgh that wasn't in the guidebooks?

Michael
Michael, United Kingdom

25 days ago Report

Edinburgh has an exception number and range of museums and galleries, some of which have world class collections. The Museum of Modern Art, with its sculpture garden should not be missed, but so easily might be, as it is a little out of the centre of the city (Haymarket).

What effect did the scenery in Edinburgh have on you?

Busty44Babe
Busty44Babe, United Kingdom

7 days ago Report

Really enjoyed the Views From Arthur's Seat and Scott's Monument, the difference between the old and new town is quite diverse, interesting Architecture! Shop Fronts in the Old Town are quaint and rather appealing.

What's the best way to make the most of Edinburgh on foot?

MARGARET
MARGARET, United Kingdom

29 days ago Report

If like us you want to see the buildings and visit the pubs walk from Holyrood
Palace up the Royal Mile to the Castle, having plenty stop off for real ale in the wonderful old pubs. After the Castle visit go down the steps to the Grassmarket (more pubs) up the hill to see Greyfriers Bobbie back across the Mile and down the Mound past the Gardens. Now it's time to shop on Princes St, just the scottish gift shops. Then up to Rose Street for a few pub visits and finish the day with a meal on George Street. Tomorrow you can visit Leith, the royal yacht and the zoo.

Why do people say Edinburgh is best seen on foot?

Adrian
Adrian, United Kingdom

27 days ago Report

Edinburgh is easy to walk around and everything is close by in fact driving is not recommeded there are lots of cobbled streets and plenty of practice at hill starts!!!

Did the theatre performances in Edinburgh live up to their reputation?

Elizabeth
Elizabeth, United Kingdom

11 days ago Report

The Fringe is a fantastic experience, so much variety of events and the city plans the layout well with food and drink venues allied to make a great overall experience. Find some new part of the event every year we go. This year it was the Udderbelly area around the University square

What should you avoid to make the most of the nightlife in Edinburgh?

Sarah
Sarah, United Kingdom

23 days ago Report

Although a night out in Edinburgh can be relatively expensive, you can definitely find fantastic places to go where it won't cost an arm and a leg. If you are on a budget, then try some of the clubs, pubs and bars not directly in the centre. Places near the Grassmarket can be reasonable and you are bound to find something to suit your taste with a varying selection on offer.

Are the animals cared for in Edinburgh? What did you like and what didn't you like?

Anne
Anne, United Kingdom

20 days ago Report

We spent the day at Edinburgh Zoo and I was really impressed. It had a lot to live up to as we visit Chester Zoo several times a year. Generally, the amount of space for the animals was good. I was particularly impressed with the members of staff who were doing their research with the monkeys. It was the monkeys choice whether it wanted to take part and they weren't forced to. The members of staff that I talked to were very knowledgeable and I learnt a lot whilst there. The penguins enclosure was fantastic and it is the best that I have ever seen. The day that we visited was very rainy but this did not spoil our experience as there were plenty of areas to keep dry. Well worth a visit and I would definitely go again.

Which fine art museums should a first time visitor to Edinburgh start with?

Joan
Joan, United Kingdom

22 days ago Report

Museum of Modern Art, City Art centre, National Gallery Portrait gallery- probably start with Portrait Gallery

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