9 Best Historic Things to Do in Edinburgh

Explore Edinburgh's Historical Landmarks

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    From medieval gallows to a floating royal holiday home, follow this inspirational guide to Edinburgh’s top 10 historic things to do to see the city in a different light.


    An Iron Age settlement at Arthur’s Seat

    Enjoy the climb up to Arthur’s Seat through Holyrood Park, once a royal hunting ground, and you’re rewarded with sweeping city views. This 251m summit is a dormant volcano which last fizzed into action 335 million years ago, and is also the site of an Iron Age hill fort.

    สถานที่ตั้ง: Edinburgh EH8 8HG, UK

    เปิด: 24/7

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    A pint at Grassmarket’s execution site

    Fifteenth-century taverns and shops line Grassmarket, where livestock was transported along its cobblestones and public hangings took place. The site of its gallows is marked by a plaque opposite The Last Drop tavern where condemned men drank their last whisky.

    สถานที่ตั้ง: Grassmarket, Edinburgh, UK

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    Musselburgh Old Course – home of golf

    This dramatically located links course has hosted the Open Championships six times from 1874 and is home to the world’s oldest club. Try playing a round using authentic hickory clubs, remodelled from 19th-century originals.

    สถานที่ตั้ง: Stables Pavillion Musselburgh Racecourse Complex, Balcarres Rd, Musselburgh EH21 7SR, UK

    โทร: +44 131 653 5122

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    Skittles at The Sheep Heid Inn

    Mary, Queen of Scots apparently made this historic tavern her local as she jaunted between Craigmillar and Holyrood palaces. Her son James VI played skittles in reputedly the world’s oldest skittle alley. In more recent years, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson have imbibed in this Duddingston tavern.

    สถานที่ตั้ง: 43-45 The Causeway, Edinburgh EH15 3QA, UK

    โทร: +44 131 661 7974

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    Democracy in action at the Scottish Parliament Building

    The steel-and-glass Scottish Parliament building scooped up plenty of awards when it opened in 2004, as well as controversy due to being overdue and over budget. A tour around Enric Miralles’s legacy shows off the angular Tower Buildings, upturned skylights and fanciful motifs.

    สถานที่ตั้ง: Edinburgh EH99 1SP, UK

    เปิด: Monday–Saturday from 10am to 5pm, closed on Sundays

    โทร: +44 131 348 5000

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    Regal lodgings onboard the Royal Yacht Britannia

    Now nestling on the waterfront at Leith is the one-time floating palace for the Queen and the Royal Family, used for state visits and holidays between 1935 and 1978. Take a peek at the Queen’s bedroom and one of the Queen’s Rolls-Royces in the on-board garage. 

    สถานที่ตั้ง: Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh, EH6 6JH, UK

    เปิด: Usually, daily from 10am to 3.30pm, although hours vary by season.

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    City history at Edinburgh Castle

    Wherever you are in the city, this great medieval fortress perched on ancient volcanic rock is visible for miles. It’s a microcosm of local history: this was the site of Mary, Queen of Scot’s home, headquarters of Cromwell’s invading army and today it hosts the military tattoo during the Edinburgh Festival. Buy tickets online during peak season.

    สถานที่ตั้ง: Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, UK

    เปิด: April–September from 9.30am to 6pm, October–March from 9.30am to 5pm

    โทร: +44 131 225 9846

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    Behind the New Town scenery at the Georgian House

    A fine representative of Georgian town planning and architecture, this 18th-century house design by Robert Adam has been preserved and reconstructed as a house museum. Step inside to see how the upper classes lived, with period furnishings, china and silver gracing its three floors.

    สถานที่ตั้ง: 7 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4DR, UK

    เปิด: Usually, from 11am to 4pm, although hours vary by season.

    โทร: +44 131 225 2160

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    Ghostly encounters at Greyfriars Kirk

    One of the Old Town’s many resting places, this cemetery is said to be one of the most haunted in Britain, where ghosts, ghouls and poltergeists are – apparently – a common sighting.

    สถานที่ตั้ง: 26A Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QE, UK

    เปิด: April–October: Monday–Friday from 10.30am to 4.30pm. November–March: Thursday from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

    โทร: +44 131 664 4314

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