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Things to See & Do in Edinburgh


Tourist Information

The tourist info center is located at 3 Princes Street at Waverly Market.  It’s open daily from 9am-6pm (8pm in Summer) (0845-225-5121).  A smaller office is located at the airport.


MacBackpackers Old Town Walking Tour
Free tours depart daily from 8 Blackfriars Street and go from Edinburgh Castle down to the Royal Palace.

Royal Mile Walking Tour
MacBackpackers offers a free walking tour of the Royal Mile which leaves daily at 10am from their High Street Hostel at 8 Blackfriars Street.

Areas & Attractions

Royal Mile
The Royal Mile is the oldest part of Edinburgh and runs from Edinburgh Castle at its western end to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. In this area you will find traditional pubs, crowded tenements and cobblestone streets.

Edinburgh Castle
The Edinburgh Castle dates back to 850BC and sits atop a volcanic site known as Castle Rock. The castle is located at the western end of Royal Mile and is currently home to the Scottish division of the UK army.

Calton Hill
Although only 330 feet high, this hill provides a great vantage point of Edinburgh, including views of Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street and the Firth of Forth.

Gladstone’s Land
Once a townhouse community dating back to the 1600’s, these restored homes are open to the public daily from 10am-5pm, April-Oct, and 7pm,July-Aug. Admission is  £5. Located along the Royal Mile.

The Writer’s Museum (Lady Stair’s House)
Next to the Gladstone Lands, this museum houses the works of Scottish greats such as Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson. Open daily, 10am-5pm.

Food & Nightlife

Edinburgh is not only swarming with pubs and bars, but is also chock full of charming and affordable multi-ethnic restaurants.  For a night out, head to Rose Street or Grassmarket Street and you’ll find tons of good restaurants and fun, lively pubs and bars to pass the night away.  Also be sure to consult The List for the latest music and cultural happenings.