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Top 5 Edinburgh Visitor Attractions

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle towers above the beautiful city of Edinburgh, looking resplendent from wherever you happen to be. The castle has been around since at least the 12th century, and is steeped in history, being arguably the most besieged castle on the planet throughout the centuries. In present times, the Castle is the focus of the annual Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and is the most-visited tourist attraction in Edinburgh, with more than 70% of tourists choosing to visit during their stay in the city, according to a recent survey.

Scottish national Gallery

The beauty of the Scottish National Gallery’s stunning neo-classical exterior is matched only by the paintings and exhibitions that it holds inside. The works displayed in the gallery span centuries of celebrated artists, and are widely-considered to be among the best of any gallery in the world. The National is part of a trio of Edinburgh art institutions, the others being the Portrait Gallery on Queen Street, and the Modern, which can be found in the parkland just outside of the city. The latter is currently hosting a rare exhibition of the 20th century master MC Escher, so now is a great time to visit. If you fancy leaving your Easirent hire car at the hotel, a free shuttle bus runs a day-long circular route between all three galleries.

Prince’s Street Gardens

Beneath Edinburgh castle lies one of the most picturesque public green spaces that any major city has to offer – the divine Prince’s Street Gardens. A favourite amongst tourists and locals alike, the gardens are beautifully decorated, and well-maintained throughout the year. The park also features the magnificent Scott monument, an architectural marvel of the city, and a grand public auditorium which holds various live music and entertainment events all-year-round. The park runs parallel to Prince’s Street, Edinburgh’s primary retail area, providing a perfect balance of modern convenience and green tranquillity.

Festival Theatre

The Edinburgh Festival Theatre is a magnificent performing arts venue located on Nicolson Street. The venue is primarily used for performances of opera and ballet, large-scale musical events, and touring groups. It’s worth the visit just for the stunning interior architecture of the venue, and the listings are more than impressive. Upcoming events include the outrageous puppet-based musical Avenue Q, as well as FFS, the surprise collaboration between Scotland’s own Indie Rock stalwarts Franz Ferdinand and the irreverent American pop-rock band Sparks. For full listings and ticket information, visit the official website.

Arthur’s Seat

A monument to the awesome power of nature, Arthur’s Seat is an absolutely essential destination for hikers and those with a penchant for the outdoors. Its luscious green hills are truly a sight to behold, and once you have made it to the top the rewards are obvious – a truly stunning view of the entire city of Edinburgh, stretching out into the neighbouring port of Leith and the Firth of Forth, which runs out into the North Sea. Arthur’s Seat is conveniently-placed too, just a mile away from Edinburgh Castle, meaning that you can enjoy the rural experience without straying too far out of the city. On a clear, pleasant day, Arthur’s Seat is a must.

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