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Local information about Edinburgh

Once you have planned your journey to the Best Western Plus Bruntsfield Hotel, it is time to plan your activities for during your stay. Take a stroll into the city centre, or visit the Royal Mile.

Looking for somewhere special for a bite to eat? Edinburgh is home to a diverse range of restaurants. While staying at the Best Western Plus Bruntsfield Hotel you can also visit our very own Bisque Bar & Brasserie.

National Museum of Scotland

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The National Museum of Scotland is one of the Top 10 UK visitor attractions, and in the Top 20 of the most visited museums and galleries in the world.

Fresh from a £47 million redevelopment, the museum houses a spectacular array of over 20,000 fascinating artefacts.

The museums diverse collections will take you on a journey of discovery through the history of Scotland and around the world, taking in the wonders of nature, art, design and fashion and science and technology – all under one roof.

Edinburgh Castle

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Edinburgh Castle is a world famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site.

It was recently voted top UK Heritage Attraction in the British Travel Awards and is Scotland’s number one paid-for tourist attraction.

This most famous of Scottish castles has a complex building history. The oldest part, St Margaret's Chapel, dates from the 12th century; the Great Hall was erected by James IV around 1510; the Half Moon Battery by the Regent Morton in the late 16th century; and the Scottish National War Memorial after the First World War.

Edinburgh Zoo

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Set in 82 acres of parkland, Edinburgh Zoo is Scotland’s wildest visitor attraction. Just a 10-minute journey out of the city centre by bus or car, it is home to over 1,000 rare and beautiful animals and the UK’s only giant pandas.

Visitors can get closer than ever before with the Sumatran tigers in their new enclosure – Tiger Tracks featuring a glass viewing tunnel as you come face to face with these beautiful animals. Or visit the world famous Penguin Parade and the world’s only Knighted penguin, Sir Nils Olav.

With plenty of children’s play areas, restaurants and picnic spots, Edinburgh Zoo makes for an ideal family day out.

Royal Yacht Britannia

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Experience Scotland's best visitor attraction (VisitScotland). Follow in the footsteps of Royalty and explore this floating Royal residence with a fascinating audio tour of five decks (available in 27 different languages).

The Royal Yacht Britannia played host to some of the world’s most famous people, but above all was home for the British Royal Family for over 40 years. Now berthed in Leith, Edinburgh, you can discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.

You'll receive a truly warm welcome at Britannia's Visitor Centre in Ocean Terminal before you step aboard this famous ship. Learn about the history of Royal Yachts and view displays and historical photographs of Britannia's fascinating past.

Scotch Whisky Experience

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The Scotch Whisky Experience is a five star visitor attraction at the top of Edinburgh's Royal Mile, inspiring visitors to Edinburgh about the joys of Scotch whisky for over 25 years.

Take a sensational journey through a replica distillery, before your expert guide imparts the secrets of the Whisky regions. Finally, you'll choose your perfect 'dram', and taste it in The World's Largest Whisky Collection.

Whether you take a tour, visit the shop or restaurant, or enjoy a tasting, a sensational experience is guaranteed.

Real Mary Kings Close

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Beneath the City Chambers on the Royal Mile lies Edinburgh’s deepest secret, a warren of hidden streets where real people lived, worked and died between the 17th and the 19th centuries.

Back in the 1600’s, Mary King’s Close was at the heart of Edinburgh’s busiest and most vibrant streets, open to the skies and bustling with traders selling their wares to the Old Town’s residents. Why would this street find itself underground 400 years later?

For years, the hidden Closes of Old Town Edinburgh have been shrouded in myths and mysteries, with tales of ghosts and murders, and of plague victims being walled up and left to die. With a costumed character tour guide based on a one time resident, you will explore this underground site, hearing these fascinating stories.

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Scottish National Gallery

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Situated in the heart of Edinburgh, the Scottish National Gallery is home to one of the best collections of fine art in the world including masterpieces by Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Constable, Turner, Monet, Van Gogh and Gauguin, amongst many others. The most comprehensive part of the collection covers the history of Scottish painting – all the major names, including Ramsay, Raeburn, Wilkie and McTaggart, are represented.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

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The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is home to Scotland’s outstanding collection of modern and contemporary art.

Modern One is housed in a neoclassical building, which was designed by William Burn in 1825. The lawn at the front of the building was landscaped to a design by Charles Jencks and is home to a fantastic sculpture park. Pig Rock Bothy is also on the Modern One grounds and was designed for a changing programme of performances, discussions, residencies and events.

Palace of Holyroodhouse

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Visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Her Majesty The Queen's official residence in Scotland. Standing at the end of Edinburgh's historic Royal Mile, this fine palace is the home of Scottish royal history.

Visitors can explore 14 magnificent historic and State Apartments, the romantic ruins of the 12th-century Holyrood Abbey and remarkable royal gardens, all with a complimentary audio tour. Best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, the Palace was the setting for many dramatic episodes in her short reign. Today, the State Apartments are used regularly by The Queen for State ceremonies and official entertaining.

The Queen's Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse hosts a programme of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection.

Dynamic Earth

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There isn’t anything more diverse or fascinating than the weird and wonderful world we live in, which is what you’ll discover at Dynamic Earth.

The top visitor attraction in Edinburgh will take you on a journey that spans time to witness the story of planet earth. In this interactive tour feel the heat of a bubbling volcano and the chill of the polar ice on your fingertips before crash landing in the tropical rainforest and coming face to face with dinosaurs!

If that’s not enough for you Scotland’s only 360-degree full dome film theatre will take you deep inside nature with an all-encompassing visual movie experience. Once you’ve recovered from your global trek children can enjoy the soft play and natural selection gift shop.

Experience the history of the planet in one afternoon!


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