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Things to See & Do

A beautiful city, excellent venues, a rich heritage and vibrant contemporary culture - it's easy to see why Edinburgh has remained the world's most popular UK congress destination after London.  With this in mind we have put together some suggestions of things to do while in Edinburgh.


Camera Obscura

The Camera Obscura show is a fascinating and highly amusing way to see the city and learn about its history.  This unique experience has delighted and intrigued people for over 150 years.  It is a 'must' on any visit to Edinburgh.

Camera Obscura

For further information including opening times please click here.


Edinburgh Gin Distillery

Nestled beneath the West End of Edinburgh, you’ll find something of a hidden wonderland – the Edinburgh Gin Distillery.  Steeped in history and creation, disappear down the rabbit hole and indulge yourself in the mystery of the beautiful botanical libations called gin.  Having gathered some of the most seductive and exquisite gins the world has ever seen, it is a curious playground for the palate. They have created a gin wonderland to tantalise the taste buds and marvel the mind.

Edinburgh Gin

If you would like to take a tour, join a guided tasting or even try your hand at making your own click here to book - their goal is to educate, excite and libate; all in equal measure!


Golfing In Scotland

With a legacy that spans six centuries, there is no finer place to play a round of golf than the country that gave the game to the world.  You'll be spoiled for choice in Scotland with over 550 fantastic courses to play, including links courses, parkland courses, heathland courses and everything else in between.

St Andrews Old
Old Course, St Andrews, Fife
Find a course situated close to Edinburgh here.

Mercat Tours

Mercat was founded by a history teacher, but you can forget the classroom. At the centre of everything Mercat do is the art of a good story well told. They’ll take you deeper into the past than a bus tour or guidebook ever could. In the hands of their guides, they bring the city’s stories alive in rich, engaging detail. And whether you choose one of the history or ghost tours, you’ll see a side to Scotland’s capital that most visitors miss.

Mercat Tours

To book your History Walk or Ghost Tour click here.


National Galleries Scotland

The National Galleries of Scotland comprises three galleries in Edinburgh and two partner galleries in the North and South of Scotland.  Their collection of fine art is amongst the best in the world. The three Edinburgh galleries are:

Scottish National Gallery

Scottish National Gallery (Exterior 6) [Eoin Carey]

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Scottish National Portrait Gallery (Exterior 1)


Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art


Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Further information on each gallery can be found here.


Surgeons' Hall Museums

The award winning five star Surgeons’ Hall Museums is home to one of the largest and most historic pathology collections in the United Kingdom. Following on from a £4.4 million Heritage Lottery Funded redevelopment project, the Museums are now open 7 days a week with access to all being a priority.

The Dissection Theatre

The Dissection Theatre 
​The Wohl Pathology Museum

The Wohl Pathology Museum

 Further information can be found on the museum website by clicking here.



The Real Mary King's Close

The Real Mary King’s Close is a warren of underground streets and spaces. The hidden Closes of Old Town Edinburgh have been shrouded in myths and mysteries, with blood curdling tales of ghosts and murders, and of plague victims being walled up and left to die. With a costumed character tour guide based on a one time resident, you will explore this underground site, hearing these fascinating stories.

Guides shot - small

For further information and details of how to book your place please click here.


The Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the world.  Now berthed in Edinburgh, you can follow in the footsteps of Royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.  You'll receive a truly warm welcome at Britannia's Visitor Centre in Ocean Terminal.  Before you step aboard, view their LEGO replica model of Britannia, learn about the history of Royal Yachts, view displays and historical photographs of Britannia's fascinating past.

RYB landscape Marc Millar 5mb

To purchase your tickets please click here.


The Scotch Whisky Experience

The Scotch Whisky Experience is a five star visitor attraction at the top of Edinburgh's Royal Mile, where they have been inspiring visitors to Edinburgh about the joys of Scotch whisky for over 25 years. Whether you take a tour, visit their shop or restaurant, or enjoy a tasting there, they guarantee a sensational experience.

Whisky Collection - table close up (1)

To view all of the Tour Experiences available and to book click here.