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Things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland

The Grassmarket is Edinburgh's unofficial focal point. The cobbled street is home to pubs, cafes, restaurants, shops and live music year-round and transforms into the epicentre of the city come summer festival season, when visitors and locals alike flock to parties, shows, and performances along the Grassmarket and throughout Old Town.

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Agua Restaurant & Bar 61 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, UK EH1 2HJ, United Kingdom 0131 243 3400 0

Agua brings sleek and precise design to the Grassmarket. The menu offers an array of dishes such as steak, caramelised beef cheek and savoury sides and nibbles.

Tony Singh at Apex Grassmarket 31 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2HS 0131 300 3456 0.01
Tony Singh at Apex Grassmarket

Come hungry for a mash-up of fusion food which shows off the very best of Scottish and British produce. And bring your pals – the menu is all about sharing.

The Witchery by the Castle Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NF, United Kingdom 0131 225 5613 0.2

The Witchery is located at the top of Edinburgh's Royal Mile delivering an exceptional dining experience through Scottish ingredients in a magical setting.

Tower Restaurant National Museum Of Scotland, Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1JF 0131 225 3003 0.2

Scotland's first rooftop restaurant sits above Edinburgh's National Museum of Scotland serving fresh, locally sourced food during brunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

The Kitchin 78 Commercial Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6LX, United Kingdom 0131 555 1755 2.65

The Kitchin Restaurant opened in 2006 by renowned Chef Tom Kitchin on Edinburgh's stylish waterfront. The Kitchin uses French techniques and Scottish produce in a converted whiskey warehouse.

Mamma's Pizza 28-30 Grassmarket, Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 2JU, United Kingdom 0131 225 6464 0.16

Mamma's is an award winning US-style pizzeria on Edinburgh's Grassmarket offering over 40 toppings with outside seating in summer months.

The Pompadour by Galvin Princes St, Edinburgh EH1 2AB, United Kingdom 0131 222 8975 0.56

This upscale French restaurant is set in a beautiful palatial Victorian railway hotel dining room with Edinburgh Castle views.

Ondine 2 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1AD, United Kingdom 0131 226 1888 0.21

Ondine is one of Edinburgh's best seafood restaurants where you can truly relax, roll up your sleeves and tuck into seafood and shellfish.

Huxley 1-3 Rutland St, Edinburgh EH1 2AE, United Kingdom 0131 229 3402 0.62

The Huxley is conveniently located at the west end of Princes Street with comfortable and sociable areas to relax through great food and drink.

Mark Greenaway 69 N Castle St, Edinburgh EH2 3LJ, United Kingdom 0131 226 1155 0.82

The Mark Greenaway serves modern Scottish cuisine in a stylish, fine dining setting. The restaurant holds three AA rosettes and is a favourite amongst locals.

George Street George Street, Edinburgh 0.64

With St Andrews Square at the head of the table, George Street is the perfect place for luxury shopping, high end dining and delicious cocktails. Try Jamie's Italian for the ultimate in pastas and pizzas or Tiger Lily for tasty cocktails.

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Jenners 48 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2YJ, United Kingdom 0131 225 2442 0.54

Jenners Department Store, located on Princes Street, provides the widest range of designer brands on the high street.

St. James Shopping 1 Leith St Edinburgh EH1 3SS United Kingdom 0131 557 0050 0.84

Jenners Department Store, located on Princes Street, provides the widest range of designer brands on the high street.

Multrees Walk St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH1 3DQ, United Kingdom 0131 557 0050 0.71

Edinburgh's luxury shopping street, Multrees Walk includes Harvey Nichols, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Mulberry, Michael Kors and more.

Princes Street Princes Street and Frederick Street Edinburgh UK 0.53

Princes Street is Edinburgh's main shopping street facing Edinburgh Castle. It stretches around 1 mile and is now accessible by Tram.

Princes Mall Shopping Centre Princes St, Edinburgh EH1 1BQ, United Kingdom 0131 557 3759 0.47

Princes Mall is an indoor shopping centre located next to Waverly Station boasting stores such as Superdry, New Look, Warehouse, Lipsy and Oasis.

Harvey Nichols Edinburgh 30-34 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2AD, United Kingdom 0131 524 8388 0.67

Harvey Nichols is a British department store chain which sells fashion collections, beauty products, food and drink. Visit the Fourth Floor Restaurant for city views.

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Royal Lyceum Theatre Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AX, United Kingdom 0131 248 4848 0.4

The Royal Lyceum Theatre is a 658-seat theatre in Edinburgh bringing performances such as shows, events and educational activities for young people.

Usher Hall Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2EA 0131 228 1155 0.48

The Usher Hall is a five star concert hall on Lothian Road hosting concerts and events such as Christmas choirs and music gigs.

Edinburgh Military Tattoo Edinburgh Castle 0131 225 1188 0.51

Edinburgh Tattoo is one of the greatest shows on earth. With a global reach, the Tattoo is set each August within Edinburgh Castle Esplanade featuring performers from all over the world.

The Queen's Hall 85-89 Clerk St, Edinburgh EH8 9JG, United Kingdom 0131 668 2019 0.81

The Queen's Hall is a 900-capacity music venue formally opened by The Queen in 1979 now showing over 100 shows each year.

King's Theatre 2 Leven St, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH3 9LQ, United Kingdom 0131 529 6000 0.58

The home of Edinburgh's panto, The King's Theatre is one of the cities most iconic in it's prominent place on Leven Street. You'll find a range of shows in the calendar, year round.

Edinburgh Playhouse 18 – 22 Greenside Ln, Edinburgh EH1 3AA, United Kingdom 0844 871 3014 1.03

Edinburgh Playhouse is a former cinema in Edinburgh which now hosts famous musicals and concerts.

Traverse Theatre 10 Cambridge St, Edinburgh EH1 2ED, United Kingdom 0131 228 1404 0.44

The Traverse is Scotland's most foremost theatre company dedicated to new writing.

Festival Theatre 13-29 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9FT, United Kingdom 0131 529 6000 0.51

The Festival Theatre is a performing arts venue used primarily for performances of opera and ballet, large scale music events and touring groups.

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National Museum of Scotland Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, United Kingdom 0300 123 6789 0.28

National Museum of Scotland brings halls of diversity, world cultures and the natural world to one building where visitors can explore and learn for free.

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions 549 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2ND, United Kingdom 0131 226 3709 0.22

The fascinating Camera Obscura is spread over five floors full of amazing optical illusions. The rooftop terrace provides 360 degree views of Edinburgh.

The Scotch Whisky Experience 354 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE, United Kingdom 0131 220 0441 0.22

The Scotch Whiskey Experience tells the tale through a tour of Scotland's national drink with exhibits and a barrel ride.

Scottish National Gallery The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL, United Kingdom 0131 624 6200 0.33

The Scottish National Gallery is the national art gallery of Scotland. Located on The Mound, just off Princes Street, it is free to enter and packed full of exhibitions.

Edinburgh Castle Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, United Kingdom 0131 225 9846 0.25

Edinburgh Castle dominates the central Edinburgh skyline. It's position adjacent to Princes Street and on top of the Castle Rock makes it easily accessible, impressive and iconic.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery 1 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JD, United Kingdom 0131 624 6200 0.73

The Portrait Gallery is an art museum on Queen Street, Edinburgh. It holds the national collections of portraits of Scotland's past and present.

Our Dynamic Earth 112-116 Holyrood Gait, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH8 8AS, United Kingdom 0131 550 7800 0.87

Dynamic Earth is a fve star visitor attraction in Edinburgh that tells the story of the planet Earth from the foot of Arthur's Seat. Packed with dynamic and interactive exhibits, it's a great family day out.

Palace of Holyroodhouse Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, United Kingdom 0131 556 5100 0.77

Commonly referred to as The Palace of Holyrood, this is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. It's open to the public to visit and tour with seasonal opening times.

The Real Mary King's Close 2 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, United Kingdom 0845 070 6244 0.54

The Real Mary King's Close is a maze of underground streets and rooms which in the 1600's were part of Edinburgh's busiest and most vibrant areas. Take a tour to find out why 400 years later they have found their way underground.

Scottish Parliament Building Edinburgh EH99 1SP, United Kingdom 0131 348 5000 0.95

Scotland's parliament sits at the foot of the Royal Mile and is the home of Scottish Parliament at Holyrood. Visitors can visit the public areas of the building or book a guided tour.

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Calton Hill Edinburgh EH7 5AA, United Kingdom 0131 529 7061 0.85

Calton Hill is situated beyond the East end of Princes Street in Edinburgh and included in the city's UNESCO World Heritage Site. Iconic panoramic views can be seen from the hill over the city.

Arthur's Seat Holyrood Park Edinburgh UK 1.74

Holyrood Park is a 640 acre Royal Park adjacent to Holyrood Palace and Arthur's Seat is the highest point. The seat is a dormant volcano peaking at 251m above sea level offering panoramic views of the city.

Holyrood Park Queen's Dr, Edinburgh EH8 8HG, United Kingdom 1.23

Holyrood Park is a unique historic landscape about a miel east of Edinburgh Castle. Arthur's Seat sits at the centre of the park and is a great view point across Edinburgh at 250m at it's peak.

Princes Street Gardens Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2HG, United Kingdom 0131 529 7921 0.47

Princes Street gardens is a public park just off Princes Street in Edinburgh city centre. Have a picnic or wander in the shadows of Edinburgh Castle.

The Meadows Melville Dr, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH9 9EX, United Kingdom 0131 529 5151 0.54

The Meadows is a large public park in Edinburgh to the south of the city. It's largely open space and is a great area for fitness, picnics and children's play.

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Wellington Coffee 33A George St, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH2 2HN, United Kingdom 0131 225 6854 0.66

After a recent refurbishment, Wellington Coffee is firmly focussed on getting the best from the bean as possible. The menu has been refined and now offers large scones and cakes.

Brew Lab 6-8 S College St, Edinburgh EH8 9AA, United Kingdom 0131 662 8963 0.47

Brew Lab is a speciality coffee house serving a range of single-origin filter and espresso coffees alongside artisan food with a local twist.

Fortitude Coffee Merchants 3C York Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EB, United Kingdom 0131 557 3063 0.98

Fortitude is a speciality coffee merchant aiming to serve the best coffee possible to people in Edinburgh's New Town.

Castello Coffee Co. Castle St, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH2 3AH, United Kingdom 0131 225 9780 0.7

A small, but high quality food and drink offering is guaranteed to Castello Coffee, usually busy with regulars and passers by in the heart of Castle Street.

Caffe Piccolo 29 Grassmarket Edinburgh EH1 2HS 0131 225 8387 0.04

Caffe Piccolo provides take away and light bites in Edinburgh's Grassmarket.

Brass & Copper Coffee William St, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH3 7NH, United Kingdom 07907 491813 0.82

Tucked away in the West End, Brass & Copper provides sandwiches, home made soup and drinks.

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Scottish National Gallery The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL, United Kingdom 0131 624 6200 0.35

The Scottish National Gallery is the national art gallery of Scotland. Located on The Mound, just off Princes Street, it is free to enter and packed full of exhibitions.

National Museum of Scotland Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, United Kingdom 0300 123 6789 0.2

National Museum of Scotland brings halls of diversity, world cultures and the natural world to one building where visitors can explore and learn for free.

Edinburgh Castle Edinburgh Castle 0131 225 9846 0.51

Edinburgh Castle dominates the central Edinburgh skyline. It's position adjacent to Princes Street and on top of the Castle Rock makes it easily accessible, impressive and iconic.

St. Giles' Cathedral High St, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 1RE, United Kingdom 0131 225 9442 0.31

St Giles Cathedral is the principal place of worship of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh offering an impressive and prominent presence in the cities skyline.

The University of Edinburgh Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL, United Kingdom 0131 650 1000 0.58

The University of Edinburgh promotes excellence in teaching and research in over 500 subjects. Welcoming students from around the world, the University is the sixth oldest university in the English speaking world.

BT Murrayfield Stadium Edinburgh EH12 5PJ, United Kingdom 0131 346 5250 1.92

BT Murrayfield Stadium is the home of Scottish Rugby, a sports stadium located in th west end of Edinburgh with a capacity of over 67,000.

The Royal Mile The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, UK 0.5

The Royal Mile is a succession of streets forming the main 1 mile thoroughfare of The Old Town, Edinburgh. Full of street performers during festival time and boutique shops year round.

Gladstone's Land 477B Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2NT, United Kingdom 0131 226 5856 0.21

Gladstone's Land is a surviving 17th Century high-tenement house in The Old Town of Edinburgh. Owned by The National Trust, it's open to visitors.

John Knox House 43-45 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, United Kingdom 0131 556 9579 0.57

John Knox House dates back to 1470 and is the only original medieval building surviving on the Royal Mile.

Mercat Tours Mercat House, 28 Blair Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR 0131 225 5445 0.36

Edinburgh's best ghost and walking tours are best known for their access to the darkest secrets of the city including the underground vaults and streets. Ask our reception team to book your tour with 20% discount.

Royal Yacht Britannia Ocean Drive, Edinburgh, EH6 6JJ 0131 555 5566 2.93

Royal Yacht Britannia is a great family attraction located in Ocean Terminal. Having played host to some of the world's most famous people, this yacht is packed with history. Book with 10% off as an Apex Hotels guest.

Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel
61 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HJ, United Kingdom
Phone: 0131 441 0440