10 essential places to visit in Edinburgh


This list of best places to visit in Edinburgh It will help you prepare a getaway to one of the most charming cities in Europe, making the most of your time.
This city that receives travelers with open arms, is dominated by its huge castle and divided between the New Town and the Old Town. This small town has a beautiful historic center full of alleys and courtyards that will take you to medieval times and from where, we are sure, it will be difficult not to return. In addition to its best known places, well-kept parks, free museums and its lively taverns, they will complete a trip that you will always remember.
As for times, on a weekend you can visit the most touristic places in Edinburgh, although if you have more days you can do some route or excursion through Scotland and see some of its incredible landscapes, castles or abbeys.
With the experience of our trip to Scotland in 11 days and the days we spent in the city, we have made a list with those who believe, are the 10 essential places to see in Edinburgh. We start!

1. Calton Hill

Climbing at sunset to Calton Hill to see the sunset over the city is one of the best things to do in Edinburgh. This hill located at the end of Princes Street has several outstanding monuments and is worth seeing, such as the National Monument, the Dugald Stewart Monument or the Nelson Monument.
The climb to the hill does not require much effort and also allows you to enjoy the best views of Edinburgh with the Old Town and the New Town at your feet and the Edinburgh Castle in the background.
If it is your first visit to the city, a good way to explore it and know its history is to book a guided tour in Spanish, for its most special places.

2. Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is the most visited place by tourists visiting the city and one of the most essential places to visit in Scotland. The castle, located on a hill in the historic center and surrounded by cliffs, can only be accessed by the steep Castlehill, located at one end of the Royal Mile.
The castle is immense with many points of interest such as the One o'clock Canyon, the Santa Margarita chapel, the Scone Stone, the Honors of Scotland, the Mon's Meg, the pet cemetery, the National War Museum or The old prisons.
Also, if you come in August, you should keep in mind that the famous parades of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a spectacular military parade with bagpipes and fireworks, are held on the esplanade of this 12th-century castle.
A good option to visit it is by booking a guided tour in Spanish to learn more about the history and curiosities of the castle, although if you want to visit on your own, you can also book tickets in advance and save your queues.
Visiting hours: every day from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Princes Street Gardens, one of the places to see in Edinburgh

10. Pubs

You cannot leave Edinburgh without having a beer, a whiskey or eating in one of its most traditional and famous pubs. We leave you a list with some of them, which we are sure, will be the perfect complement to end the day after touring some of the essential places to visit in Edinburgh.

  • The Royal Oak: a great place to have a beer while listening to traditional Scottish music live.
  • Deacon Brodies's Tavern: One of Edinburgh's most famous pubs, located on the Royal Mile, owes its name to William Brodie, a good citizen during the day and a thief at night.
  • The Sheep Heid Inn: the oldest pub in Scotland, since 1360 you can take a good look.
  • Indigo Yard: hidden in an alley, it has some fabulous beers, in summer you can have them in its garden.
  • The last drop: it owes its name to «last drink»That those sentenced to death that were hung in Grassamarket were taken.
  • The World's End: another of the oldest pubs, located on the Royal Mile, with a curious facade.
  • The dome: Located in the former headquarters of the Bank of Scotland, its interior with a huge Greek-inspired dome is spectacular.

Map of the places to see in Edinburgh essential

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