Attractions

Top Choice Notable Building in Holyrood & Arthur’s Seat

Scottish Parliament Building

The Scottish Parliament Building, on the site of a former brewery and designed by Catalan architect Enric Miralles (1955–2000), was opened by the Queen in October 2004. The ground plan of the complex is said to repr…
Top Choice Palace in Holyrood & Arthur’s Seat

Palace of Holyroodhouse

This palace is the royal family's official residence in Scotland but is more famous as the 16th-century home of the ill-fated Mary, Queen of Scots. The highlight of the tour is Mary's Bedchamber, home to the unfortu…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Holyrood & Arthur’s Seat

Arthur's Seat

The rocky peak of Arthur’s Seat (251m), carved by ice sheets from the deeply eroded stump of a long-extinct volcano, is a distinctive feature of Edinburgh’s skyline. The view from the summit is well worth the walk, …
Gardens in Holyrood & Arthur’s Seat

Dr Neil's Garden

Edinburgh’s quintessential secret garden, in the shadow of a 12th-century kirk, is one of the most peaceful green spaces in Scotland. Cultivated in the 1960s by doctors Andrew and Nancy Neil from a scrappy piece of …
Church in Holyrood & Arthur’s Seat

Duddingston Kirk

Poised on a promontory overlooking Duddingston Loch, this church is one of the oldest buildings in Edinburgh, with some interesting medieval relics at the kirkyard gate: the Joug, a metal collar that was used, like …
Abbey in Holyrood & Arthur’s Seat

Holyrood Abbey

David I founded this abbey in the shadow of Salisbury Crags in 1128. It was probably named after a fragment of the True Cross (rood is an old Scots word for cross), said to have been brought to Scotland by David's m…
Museum in Holyrood & Arthur’s Seat

Our Dynamic Earth

Housed in a modernistic white marquee, Our Dynamic Earth is an interactive, multimedia journey of discovery through Earth's history from the Big Bang to the present day. Hugely popular with kids of all ages, it's a …
Park in Holyrood & Arthur’s Seat

Holyrood Park

In Holyrood Park Edinburgh is blessed with a little bit of wilderness in the heart of the city. The former hunting ground of Scottish monarchs, the park covers 263 hectares of varied landscape, including crags, moor…
Museum in Holyrood & Arthur’s Seat

Scottish Poetry Library

A fantastic literary resource housed in award-winning modern architecture off Canongate, the poetry library hosts regular exhibitions and is a source of information on the mysterious Edinburgh Book Sculptures.
Gallery in Holyrood & Arthur’s Seat

Queen’s Gallery

This stunning modern gallery, which occupies the shell of a former church and school, is a showcase for exhibitions of art from the Royal Collections. The exhibitions change every six months or so; for current detai…