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Top 10 Tourist Destinations in Edinburgh

Updated on June 15, 2014

Edinburgh is a naturally beautiful place and capital of the country Scotland. Edinburgh is located on the Firth of Forth shore in south side. The main landscape was created due to volcanoes and glaciations occurred in ancient times. Edinburgh is historically very rich with modern development to improve this place. The capital of Scotland is also known for its literature around the world. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sir Walter Scott had been living here for many years and created a valuable literary work. Edinburgh is basically an English speaking place and become royal capital since 1437.

List of Tourist Destinations

1. Arthur’s Seat

2. Edinburgh Castle

3. Edinburgh Zoo

4. National Museum of Scotland

5. Ocean Terminal

6. Old Calton Burial Ground

7. Scott Monument

8. Scottish Parliament Building

9. St Giles Cathedral

10. The Mary King’s Close

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1. Arthur’s Seat

Arthur’s Seat is a very beautiful place and has its geological significance. Actually, it’s a peak of the hills, which was created by the fall of a volcano. It spreads over a larger area of Edinburgh. Arthur’s Seat is the main part of this volcano hills. The hill is above 800 ft and situated in the middle of Edinburgh. Arthur’s Seat is used for rock climbing and hill walking by visitors. There is a rumor that the hill was named after King Arthur similar to other historical monuments.

Arthur’s Seat

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2. Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is a notable historical place and a must see for all visitors. This castle was built in the 12th century at the time of David I reign. Edinburgh Castle is located on a volcanic rock and regarded as one of the oldest buildings ever. More than 1 million of tourists visit this castle every year. There are many historic and military memories are present in the Edinburgh Castle. One significant moment of recent times regarding this castle is, a 10 pound currency note has been issued by the government to honor the historic castle.

Edinburgh Castle Video Tour

3. Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo is situated on the Corstorphine Hill and built in 1913. Due to its situation on the hill, it provides a great view of entire city very nicely. After Edinburgh Castle, this zoo comes in the second place in terms of visitors. More than 600,000 visitors come to see the Edinburgh Zoo every year. Edinburgh Zoo spreads over 80 acres of land and there are over 1,000 types of animals in this zoo. Buses and trams are always available to reach at the Edinburgh Zoo.

Edinburgh Zoo

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National Museum of Scotland reopens to public

4. National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland was opened in 2006, but actually it is a part of the Museum of Scotland. This museum has collections of history, antiques and cultures of Scotland. The old museum was renovated in 2011 with a cost of over 47 million pounds. There are over 20 million visitors are coming every year to see this museum. This museum has collections from prehistory period to the modern age with beautiful galleries.

5. Ocean Terminal

Ocean Terminal is situated in Leith and designed by Sir Terence Conran. It is basically a shopping center, but tourists also visited this place. Ocean Terminal has two Terminal’s anchor stores that include a cinema Vue, bars, spa, coffee shops, restaurants and more than 80 stores. There are the facilities of car parking also in this place. Ocean Terminal divided ports of Leith and Newhaven into two different parts. It is one of the worth watching place for visitors.

Ocean Terminal

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Scotland Edinburgh The Old Calton Cemetery

6. Old Calton Burial Ground

Old Calton Burial Ground also known as Old Calton Cemetery is situated on the Calton Hill. Old Calton Burial Ground was opened in 1718. This burial ground is open for visiting many notable figure’s monuments and burials in the field of philosophy, literature and from political movements. There are many historical impressions are available in the form of a statue of President Abraham Lincoln, headstone of painter David Allan and the list is endless.

7. Scott Monument

Scott Monument is a monument to Sir Walter Scott. This monument is over 200 ft in height and needs 287 steps to reach the highest platform. Scott Monument is a great symbol of Victorian Gothic in the field of architecture. There is a statue of Sir Walter Scott inside the monument. Every year, millions of visitors are coming to see this monument. Scott Monument has another remarkable feature also, this monument giving the view of entire Edinburgh and the surrounding through its top roof.

Scott Monument

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Scottish Parliament opens - special 2004 broadcast

8. Scottish Parliament Building

Scottish Parliament Building has been recently made in central Edinburgh. Actually, construction started in 1999 but it was inaugurated on October 9, 2004 by Queen Elizabeth. This great building has been designed by architect Enric Miralles on 4 acres of land and costs more than 400 million pounds. There is one public entrance for reaching to the Main Hall. Along with this, it has a plaza, pond, Debating Chamber, garden and Landscaped Park.

9. St. Giles Cathedral

St. Giles Cathedral is as old as 900 years and one of the important churches for all religious matters. The church was founded in the 12th century, but renovated and developed many times in future. St. Giles Cathedral is also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh and dedicated to Saint Gailes. There are many notable memorials available in this area for visitors of author Robert Louis, the first Bishop of Edinburgh Bishop William Forbes and reformer John Knox.

St. Giles Cathedral

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all credit goes to Tony Hisgett on commons wikimedia | Source

Mary King's Close, Edinburgh

10. The Mary King’s Close

The Mary King’s Close is considered as haunted from earlier times. It has a history of tales about ghosts and murders, so it was closed. But, later in 2003 the place was reopened for visitors and tourists. The Mary King’s Close had been built during the 17th century and named after Mary King, who was a daughter of an advocate. The Mary King’s Close is situated in the oldest area of Edinburgh. The meaning of close is alleyways and these alleyways are generally named after the memorable occupant of this property.

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    madugundu krishna 17 months ago from Yemmiganur

    It is a very good place, and pictures are very nice.

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    stella vadakin 18 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Would love to visit the Edinburgh Castle, and the Zoo. This is a great article and very beautiful photos. Thanks

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    Charito Maranan-Montecillo 23 months ago from Manila, Philippines

    Interesting hub, redlord! If I do travel to Scotland someday, I'd like to see the interiors of Edinburgh Castle (I've never seen a castle in Europe!), visit the National Museum, and attend mass at St. Giles Cathedral.

    What an exciting experience this would be!

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    David Trujillo Uribe 23 months ago from Medellin, Colombia

    And to think these almost became a country of its own a couple months back

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    Ann Carr 23 months ago from SW England

    Edinburgh is a wonderful city; I've been a few times but live way down in the south of England so it's a fair way to go!

    You've provided some useful information for visitors.

    Thanks for the follow.

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    Wendy Iturrizaga 3 years ago from France

    Edinburgh Castle has always been one of my favourites!

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    Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

    I voted for Edinburgh Castle but would like to visit a bunch of these sites if I were ever to get over to Scotland. That Scott Monument is amazing and the Giles Cathedral beautiful. UUI votes and sharing.