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15 - 19 September 2008

Sightseeing in Edinburgh

As a world-class tourist destination, the City of Edinburgh naturally offers a multitude of activities whatever time of year you visit.

Located within easy walking distance of the EICC, Edinburgh's Old Town is a fascinating district of cobbled streets, wynds and courtyards. The Royal Mile is a clear favourite with visitors, offering a variety of museums, shops and of course the world-famous Edinburgh Castle. Ghost Tours take place every evening around the Old Town alluding to perhaps the more sinister side of Edinburgh's past.

Open Top Bus Tours are an excellent means of viewing the whole city. Linking the Old Town with the Royal Yacht Britannia, tours explore Edinburgh's Georgian New Town and Holyrood Park. Simply hop on and off the bus to visit your favourite attractions.

Visitor attractions

Dynamic Earth
A visitor attraction based in the heart of Edinburgh telling the unique story of our planet's past, present and future.

Edinburgh Castle
A majestic landmark which dominates the capital city's skyline just as it has dominated Scotland's long and colourful history Edinburgh Castle is the best known and most visited of historic buildings. Perched on an extinct volcano and offering stunning views, this instantly recognisable fortress is a powerful national symbol, and part of Edinburgh's World Heritage site.

Museum of Edinburgh
The Museum of Edinburgh, formerly known as Huntly House, occupies a series of picturesque 16th and 17th century buildings in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. The museum displays illustrate the history of the city from the earliest settlement to the present day.

National Museums Scotland
Museums include the National Museum of Scotland, National War Museum, National Museum of Costume, National Museum of Rural Life, National Museum of Flight, National Museums Collection Centre.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse
Founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is The Queen's official residence in Scotland. Situated at the end of the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is closely associated with Scotland's turbulent past, including Mary, Queen of Scots, who lived here between 1561 and 1567. Successive kings and queens have made the Palace of Holyroodhouse the premier royal residence in Scotland. Today, the Palace is the setting for State ceremonies and official entertaining.

Edinburgh Zoo
The largest and most exciting wildlife attraction in Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo is commited to the highest standards of animal welfare, conservation and environmental education.

A full list of attractions can be found by visiting the Edinburgh Toutist Board