Edinburgh Local Attractions

The Palace of Holyrood House

The Palace of Holyrood House marks the end of the famous Royal Mile in Edinburgh city centre. This former medieval monastery is the Queen's official Scottish residence. The residence currently houses the Queen's Gallery, which is a fine collection of 17th century Dutch paintings and artwork.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh's most famous landmark, Edinburgh Castle is an eclectic mix of architectural styles - a testament to its long and colourful history. The 12th century St Margaret's Chapel makes up the oldest part of the building, with many additions having been made over the centuries. As well as the fine architecture, Edinburgh Castle offers spectacular views from its hilltop position, and is also home to the National War Museum of Scotland and the Scottish crown jewels.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is home to an extensive collection of portraits of Scots, as well as the Scottish National Photography Collection. It is housed in an impressive neo-gothic building which is worth a visit for the architecture alone.

Edinburgh Zoo

Home to over 1000 animals, Edinburgh Zoo makes for an informative and fun family day out. The zoo is situated just ten minutes from the city centre, and is a charity keen to promote animal welfare and conservation also, making it a worthwhile cause to contribute to by visiting.

The Royal Yacht Britannia

Visit The Royal Yacht Britannia and tour the five decks, with highlights including the Sun Lounge, the Queen’s bedroom, the State Dining and Engine rooms. You will receive an audio headset, allowing you to tour the yacht at your own pace. A great day will be had by all.

Attraction distances from Edinburgh Airport

AttractionDistance from Edinburgh AirportApproximate journey time (Car)
Palace of Holyrood House8.3 miles34 mins
Edinburgh Castle8.3 miles26 mins
Scottish National Portrait Gallery7.6 miles26 mins
Edinburgh Zoo4.2 miles12 mins
The Royal Yacht Britannia10.9 miles33 mins
Gyle Shopping Centre2.7 miles9 mins

Tourist Information

More information on local attractions can be obtained from:

Edinburgh Tourist Information Centres
Edinburgh & Lothians Tourist Board
3 Princes Street
Tel: 0845 2255 121
e-mail: info@visitscotland.com

Edinburgh Local Amenities

Edinburgh City Centre has a large number of shops which are mostly located on the High Street and Princes Street. The Gyle shopping centre is a covered shopping centre just west of the city itself, and houses a large number of high street shops. It has the following facilities:

Visit the Gyle Shopping Centre website for more information.