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Edinburgh - A city of sights.

Scotland's capital captivates many people at first sight, with Edinburgh Castle looming from the crags of an ancient volcano, and Georgian and Victorian architecture forming a skyline that looks locked in the past. But this is a modern, cosmopolitan city, and the new Scottish Parliament Building says so loud and clear.

Edinburgh has everything you'd expect from a capital and should not be missed: numerous iconic sights, lovely cobbled streets, and plenty of first-class restaurants.

Avoid the throngs and head for the museums (the Royal Museum, Museum of Scotland, and National Gallery of Scotland are impressive), the Royal Botanical Gardens, or Arthur's Seat, the small mountain with spectacular views. Not only are these sites free, they're all within the city center or within walking distance of it.

For an idea of what to do have a look at Edinburgh's Top 20 visitor attractions below. If a new window does not open, please check your pop-up settings.

1. Edinburgh Castle 
2. Royal Botanic Garden
3. Museum of Scotland
4. Royal Mile
5. Holyroodhouse Palace
6. Arthur's Seat
7. Camera Obscura and World of Illusions 
8. Royal Yacht Britannia 
9. National Gallery of Scotland
10. Scott Monument 
11. Real Mary King’s Close 
12. Museum of Edinburgh 
13. Edinburgh Zoo
14. John Knox House
15. Rosslyn Chapel
16. The Scottish Parliament 
17. Scotch Whisky Experience
18. Greyfriars Kirk
19. Calton Hill
20. Deep Sea World

And if you're still stuck for where to start Fodor's suggests these 2 and 5 day itineraries -

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Whilst Time Out Edinburgh have a fantastic article of 20 sights, activities and restaurants to visit during your stay, which you can read by clicking the link below.

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