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Things To Do In Edinburgh

It's easy to find a whole variety of great things to do in Edinburgh. A brilliant open-top sightseeing bus tour service encompasses virtually every top landmark and attraction throughout the Old and New Town districts of Scotland's capital. All the tour buses depart from Waverley Bridge. Some of them follow hop-on hop-off routes contained solely within the city centre, such as the Edinburgh Tour, but others head out to the wider suburban area.

The Edinburgh Majestic Tour is one such tour that makes stops at the Botanical Gardens and the port town of Leith, where you can find the popular Royal Yacht Britannia. There is also a City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour which includes commentary in several languages plus a unique Horrible Histories channel narrated by the author - Terry Deary - himself!

Fun walking tours are another hugely popular thing to do in Edinburgh. The city's best walking tour operator, Mercat Tours, runs daily tours from sun up till sundown, with themes ranging from the historical to the paranormal. Join them on a night time descent into the subterranean Blair Street Vaults or uncover the secrets of the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh Castle is a particularly unmissable attraction whether you decide to take an official tour or not. The ancient defender of the Scottish capital stands atop an extinct volcano and houses various things to see and do. Explore the exhibits of the National War Museum and Royal Scots Museum, view the firing of the one o'clock gun, admire the devastating Mons Meg bombard, and witness the Scottish Crown Jewels display. It's possible to skip Edinburgh Castle's entry queue with our ticket bookable online.

One especially great thing about the City of Edinburgh is that so much of Scotland is accessible from its centre. After booking the Historic Scotland Explorer Pass you can retrieve it from a redemption centre located at the Edinburgh Castle ticket office. By booking a coach day tour with Rabbies you can venture out into the Scottish Highlands and even further afield to locations in Northern England such as Hadrian's Wall and Alnwick Castle. Each coach day tour has a unique itinerary and a host of special activities.

If you decide to stay within the capital there's still no shortage of things to do. Most of Edinburgh's best attractions are free to enter, such as the National Museum of Scotland, the Scottish National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. Those which you have to pay to enter include Mary King's Close, Our Dynamic Earth (science centre), Edinburgh Zoo and The Dungeon which you can also book online here.

Top 7 Things To Do in Edinburgh

We have a selection of hand-picked sightseeing tours and attraction tickets and booking them couldn't be simpler. Avoid disappointment and in some cases the queue by pre-booking all the best things to do and see in and around Edinburgh - why not create your own sightseeing combination ticket like an open top bus tour and attraction entry tickets for example - one booking, one payment transaction and ticket vouchers are sent immediately by email - it's so easy!

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Unlimited Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Travel

Buy the fantastic value-for-money 'Grand 48' and enjoy travel on ALL of the city's open top buses over a 48-hour period. Hop-on and off as often as you like!

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Enter Edinburgh Dungeon

Hold your friend's sleeve tight and descend into Edinburgh's fetid underbelly. Your 'skip the line' Edinburgh Dungeon ticket grants quick access to the capital's grimmest attraction.

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Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tour

Enjoy a spooky night of comedy sightseeing in the dark heart of Edinburgh. The Scottish capital's favourite 'corpse coach' is a night bus tour with a sinister twist.

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Visit Edinburgh Castle

Beat the queue with our handy Edinburgh Castle ticket. Climb the ramparts of Scotland's most visited tourist attraction, witness the firing of the famous One O'Clock Gun or just enjoy the 360° views of the City.

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Royal Yacht Britannia

The former oceanic residence of the British Royal Family is permanently berthed at Ocean Terminal, Leith. It was voted by TripAdvisor as the UK's No. 1 visitor attraction in 2014!

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