Edinburgh is the capital city, and second largest city of Scotland (overtaken by Glasgow as Scotland's largest city in 1821). It combines medieval relics, Georgian grandeur and modern life with contemporary avant-garde. The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh were listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1995.

Edinburgh has both a cosmopolitan and uniquely Scottish atmosphere and is known as the literary capital of the English-speaking world. The great historical novelist Sir Walter Scott was born in the city as well as Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

General admission to major museums in Edinburgh is generally free. Most museums are situated in the Old Town including the large National Museum of Scotland, the People's Story Museum and the Museum of Childhood. Major galleries include the National Gallery of Scotland, The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in the New Town and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art situated in West Edinburgh. Major tourist sites in Old Town include Edinburgh Castle at the West end of Royal Mile, a street with many shops and the Scottish Parliament and the Palace of Holyroodhouse situated at the East end.

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Edinburgh is the capital city, and second largest city of Scotland (overtaken by Glasgow as Scotland's largest city in 1821). It combines medieval relics, Georgian grandeur and modern life with contemporary avant-garde. The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh were listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1995.

Edinburgh has both a cosmopolitan and uniquely Scottish atmosphere and is known as the literary capital of the English-speaking world. The great historical novelist Sir Walter Scott was born in the city as well as Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

General admission to major museums in Edinburgh is generally free. Most museums are situated in the Old Town including the large National Museum of Scotland, the People's Story Museum and the Museum of Childhood. Major galleries include the National Gallery of Scotland, The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in the New Town and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art situated in West Edinburgh. Major tourist sites in Old Town include Edinburgh Castle at the West end of Royal Mile, a street with many shops and the Scottish Parliament and the Palace of Holyroodhouse situated at the East end.

There are 36 museums in Edinburgh.

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Exhibitions in Edinburgh

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The Remaking of Scotland | Nation, Migration, Globalisation 1760 - 1860
21Jun

The Remaking of Scotland | Nation, Migration, Globalisation 1760 - 1860

Between 1760 and 1860, Scotland’s place in the world was dramatically remade. From a longstanding position at the periphery, Scotland rapidly attained a central role in European cultural life and in B...
Victoria Crowe | Beyond Likeness
18Nov

Victoria Crowe | Beyond Likeness

Victoria Crowe: Beyond Likeness brings together some of the finest works by one of the UK’s most distinguished figurative artists, for a captivating and career-spanning exhibition. Numerous prominent...
Pin-Ups | Toulouse-Lautrec and the Art of Celebrity
20Jan

Pin-Ups | Toulouse-Lautrec and the Art of Celebrity

The exhibition will focus on Toulouse-Lautrec’s lithographic posters, portfolio prints and illustrations which made stars of Montmartre’s venues and their entertainers. Around 75 works by Toulouse-Lau...
Planes, Trains and Automobiles | Transportation Photographs from the National Galleries of Scotland
13Jan

Planes, Trains and Automobiles | Transportation Photographs from the National Galleries of Scotland

Planes, Trains & Automobiles is the third in a series of thematic exhibitions exploring the exceptional permanent collection of photography at the National Galleries of Scotland. Navigating land, sea...

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