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Take a city break or make it a base to discover the beautiful surrounding countryside. Edinburgh offers a dazzling array of activities for all ages.

Edinburgh Castle dominates the city of Edinburgh like no other castle in Scotland, and Edinburgh Castle is unequalled in the whole of the British Isles. Over one thousand years of history sit on top of the famous Edinburgh rock, and when you see Edinburgh Castle you will understand why over a million visitors a year visit Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh Zoo is owned by The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. The Society was founded in March 1909, and the Zoo opened in July 1913. Set in 82 acres of sloping parkland, the Zoo is situated three miles to the west of Edinburgh city centre. Apart from getting close to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals, there are many different ways to enjoy your day out.

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo celebrates over 50 years of music and spectacle set against the world famous backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. Discover highlights of the event, details and facts about the bands and performers over the years, lots of details about Edinburgh Castle and our Scottish Regiments. Re-live some of the highlights of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo by downloading audio clips. You might want to take a look through our gallery or catch a glimpse of previous preformances on the Castle Esplanade.

Edinburgh Airport is Scotland’s capital airport. Over 40 airlines serve over 100 destinations and some 9 million passengers pass through the airport a year – figures which are set to grow as Scotland’s international connections develop.

Hillend ski slopes Welcome to Midlothian Snowsports Centre, one of the longest artificial slopes for skiers and boarders in Europe.

Deep Sea World Is a fantastic and very well stocked sealife centre located in North Queensferry, between the Forth road and Rail bridges.

The Royal Yacht Brittania. This magnificent ship has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. But, above all, she was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. Now you are welcome on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences.

Holyrood Palace, founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Situated at the end of the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is closely associated with Scotland’s turbulent past, including Mary, Queen of Scots, who lived here between 1561 and 1567. Successive kings and queens have made the Palace of Holyroodhouse the premier royal residence in Scotland. Today, the Palace is the setting for State ceremonies and official entertaining.

Scotland’s new Parliament sits at the foot of Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile in front of the spectacular Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat. Constructed from a mixture of steel, oak, and granite, the complex building has been hailed as one of the most innovative designs in Britain today. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding landscape, the flower paintings by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the upturned boats on the seashore, Enric Miralles, one of the world’s premier architects, developed a design that he said was a building “growing out of the land”.

National Museum of Scotland Welcome to the National Museum of Scotland, our landmark building in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Our collections tell you the story of Scotland its land, its people and culture. We cover life, the universe and everything in it. Some exhibits are millions of years old, others less than a decade. Your journey of discovery starts hereā€¦