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.

Tours and tickets

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To see and do in Edinburgh

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Exhibitions in Edinburgh

These exhibitions are on display in Edinburgh.

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A Quest For Healing
04Nov

A Quest For Healing

We are delighted to welcome award winning Chinese artist Zhang Yanzi, who will be exhibiting until the 4th of November. Through diverse materials, Zhang Yanzi will explore the themes of healing, energ...
Emil Nolde | Colour is Life
21Oct

Emil Nolde | Colour is Life

Emil Nolde (1867-1956) was one of the greatest colourists of the twentieth century. He felt strongly about what he painted, identifying with his subjects in every brushstroke he made, heightening his...
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...
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...
Rembrandt | Britain's Discovery of the Master
14Oct

Rembrandt | Britain's Discovery of the Master

Britain’s Discovery of the Master, an exclusive new exhibition that will only be shown in Edinburgh, reveals how the taste for Rembrandt’s work in Britain evolved over the past 400 years. From early...

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