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Introduction

Edinburgh is only 1¼ hours from Callander and Lenymede Bed and Breakfast. The Capital City of Scotland is a wealth of interesting places to visit and enjoy. Visit incomparable museums, art galleries and historic landmarks such as The Royal Museum of Scotland, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, The Palace of Holyroodhouse or Edinburgh Castle. Perhaps you can attend one of the many cultural events of the Edinburgh Festival or thrill to the Edinburgh Tatoo held at the castle. Whatever you do you will never forget Edinburgh.

Listed below are just a few of the attractions. While every attempt has been made to check times and prices you are advised to check before visiting any of these attractions. Any errors reported to us will be corrected. For details of opening times and tariffs for these and other attractions visit Times and Tariffs for The Trossachs, Stirling, and Edinburgh Page.

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Historic Interest

General Interest

Museums and Art Galleries

Events

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Historic

Edinburgh Castle

Dating from as early as the Norman period, here you can see the Crown Jewels of Scotland, the Great Hall and the enormous 15th century gun, Mons Meg

Edinburgh Castle, Castle Hill
Call : 0131 225 6685 Fax 0131 220 4733
Open : Daily

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Holyroodhouse Palace

Her Majesty the Queen's official residence in Scotland. See the State rooms, Mary Queen of Scots' Chambers and the historic apartments.

Palace of Holyroodhouse
Call : 0131 556 1096, Fax 0131 557 5256
Open : April 1st - October 31st, Sun 9.30 - 16.30, Mon - Sat, 9.30 - 17.15;
November 1st - March 31st Daily 09.30 - 15.45

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John Knox House

Medieval town house memorial to John Knox (1513-1572), Scottish religious reformer, who was the founder of Presbyterianism in Scotland and once the home of James Mossman, goldsmith to Mary, Queen of Scots.

John Knox House, 43/45 High Street
Call : 0131 556 9579, 0131 556 2647
Open : Monday - Saturday
Admission : Adults£1.75, Children (15 & under) 75p, Concessions £1.25, under 7's free

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St. Gile's Cathedral

Dating back to 1120 the cathedral has played a central role in Scotland's turbulent history. This beautiful building is a triumph of 14th and 15th century architecture with an exquisite roof. The Thistle Chapel was designed by Lorimer and is a jewel of Scottish craftmanship. There excellent examples of stained glass windows both ancient and modern as well as a magnificent modern organ. this is the church of John Knox during the Reformation ahnd contains memorials to two great Covenanting leaders, Montrose and Argyll.

St. Gile's Cathedral, Royal Mile
Call : 0131 225 9442 Fax 0131 220 4763
Open : Daily

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General Interest

Outlook Tower and Camera Obscura

This early form of lensless camera provides a panoramic view of Edinburgh accompanied by the story of the City's past. You may also enjoy views from the roof and visit and exhibition of holograms and pin hole photography.

Camera Obscura, Castlehill
Call : 0131 226 3709 Fax 0131 225 4239
Open : Daily from 10.00am

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The Royal Observatory

A multimedia astronomy centre with hands-on exhibits. Learn about the universe, galaxies, blackholes, planets and stars. Astronomy shop.

Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill
Call : 0131 668 8405 Fax 0131 668 8429
Open : Daily; Summer 12pm - 5.30, Winter 1pm - 5pm

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The Royal Botanic Gardens

The world famous gardens present a unique collection of exotic, bizarre and beautiful plants from all over the world. Seventy acres of lovely landscaped gardens and a world renowned rock garden and perhaps the world's largest collection of rhododendrums. The Glasshouse Experience displays a wide variety of exotic plants in landscape sttings.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Inverleith Row, Arboretum Place
Call : 0131 552 7171 Fax 0131 552 0382
Open : Daily from 10am
Admission : Free

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The Zoo

A great place for the children. Built on the side of a hill the many levels add interest to your walk through the exhibits. Scotland's largest and most exciting collection with over 1000 animals, including many endangered species. My favourites are the three-clawed otter (very friendly), the Poison Arrow frogs and the pygmy hippos. Don't miss the very large penguin pool especially at feeding time. Food and drinks available.

Edinburgh Zoo, Corstorphine Road
Call : 0131 334 9171 Fax 0131 316 4050
Open : Daily; April - September 9am - 6pm, October - March 9am - 4.30pm. Sundays opens 9.30

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Whisky Heritage Centre

The story of Scotch whisky brought to life. Take a guided tour about distilling and explore the history of Scotch in a whisky barrel - commentary in eight languages. Free tasting.

Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre
Call : 0131 220 0441 Fax 0131 220 6288
Open : All year, 10.00 - 17.30
Admission : Adult £4.20, Child £2.00, Family £11.40, Concession £3.00

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The Edinburgh Experience

Spectacular 20 minute in full colour 3-D show on a giant screen presenting the beauty and history of Edinburgh. Special glasses are used to see visually stunning views of Edinburgh and area.

The Edinburgh Experience, City Observatory, Calton Hill
Call : 0131 556 4365 Fax 0131 316 4050
Open : Daily; April - October 10.30 - 17.30.
Admission : Adult £2.00, Family £6.00, Concession £1.20

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Museums and Art Galleries

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Scotland's finest collection of 20th century painting, sculpture and graphic art including works by Picasso, Matisse, Giacometti and Hockney. Includes an unrivalled collection of modern Scottish art. Sculptures by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Paolozzi in the surrounding grounds. Car parking.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Belford Road
Call : 0131 556 8921 Recorded information 0131 332 2266
Open : All Year; Mon - Sat 1000 - 1700, Sunday 1400 - 1700; Closed 25th, 26th Dec & 1st, 2st Jan.
Admission : Free

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Royal Museum of Scotland

The national collection of archaeology and ethnography, costumes, decorative arts of the world, geology, natural history, science and technology housed in a wonderful Victorian building.

Royal Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street
Call : 0131 225 7534
Open : All Year; Mon - Sat 1000 - 1700, Sunday 1200 - 1700; Closed 25th, 26th Dec & 1st, 2st Jan.
Admission : Free
Web Site : Royal Museum of Scotland

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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

from the 16th century to now, the people in these portraits played a significant role in Scottish history. Rebels, royals, poets, philosophers, heroes and villains, they are all here. Among them are Mary, Queen of Scots, Flora Macdonald, Robert Burns, James VI, David Hume and Sir Walter Scott. The Gallery also holds the National Collection of Photography.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street
Call : 0131 556 8921 Recorded information 0131 332 2266
Open : All Year; Mon - Sat 1000 - 1700, Sunday 1400 - 1700; Closed 25th, 26th Dec & 1st, 2st Jan.
Admission : Free

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National Gallery of Scotland

Acknowledged as one of the finest smaller galleries in Europe it houses a splendid collection of old masters, impressionist and Scottish paintings. Artists include Constable, El Greco, Gaugin, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Velasquez.

National Gallery of Scotland, The Mound
Call : 0131 556 8921 Recorded information 0131 332 2266
Open : All Year; Mon - Sat 1000 - 1700, Sunday 1400 - 1700; Closed 25th, 26th Dec & 1st, 2st Jan.
Admission : Free

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The Peoples Story

Dating from 1591,and once a court prison and municipal centre, the building that houses The Peoples' Story is one of the most impressive along the Royal Mile. The Peoples' Story tells the about the life, work and play of ordinary Edinburgh people from the late 18th century to the present day.

The Peoples' Story,Canon Gate, Royal Mile
Call : 0131 225 2424 Ext. 4057
Open : October - May, 1000 - 1700; June - September 1000 - 1800
Admission : Free

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Museum of Childhood

A unique museum with a splendid collection of toys, dolls, nursery items and costumes.

Museum of Childhood, 42 High Street, Royal Mile
Call : 0131 529 4142
Open : All Year; October - May, 1000 - 1700; June - September 1000 - 1800
Admission : Free

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Events

The Edinburgh Festival

The grand festival of the arts including theatre, dance, film and fringe events. A two week cultural extravaganza. For further information see International Festival and Festival Fringe Program.

The Edinburgh Tattoo - August

Based upon an old ritual of announcing the closing of pubs to the soldiers by the beating of drums this gathering of massed Pipes and Drums of the Scottish Regiments together with that of the Massed Military Bands combine in a spectacular event of music, drama and colour. Set within the ramparts of the Castle Esplanade this is a spectacular event of military precision music and beautiful lighting is not to be missed.

Postal bookings are accepted from the 1st January each year and the Ticket Office opens on the first Monday of July for counter sales. Full details and Order Forms can be obtained by writing to the Tattoo Office, 22 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 1QB enclosing a self addressed envelope, suitably stamped or accompanied by an international reply coupon. Alternatively telephone 0131 225 1188 or fax 0131 225 8627.

For more information on the Edinburgh Tatoo go here where it is available in English, French and German. See also Here and Here

Hogmanay Party - New Years Eve

The biggest New Year's street party in Europe, but you must get tickets to attend.

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Further Information

For more information on the city go to A Tour of Edinburgh or Edinburgh Information.

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