Tourist Attractions etc in Edinburgh & The Lothians
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Edinburgh Tourist Attractions

Tourist attractions in & around the area of Edinburgh...

Edinburgh Tourist Attractions

43 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR
The Scottish Storytelling Centre is a vibrant arts venue with a year round programme of live storytelling, theatre, music, exhibitions, workshops and family events. It's also home to two festivals: TradFest, (Spring), and the Scottish International Storytelling Festival (October). Located between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse on Edinburgh's Royal Mile, the Netherbow is a gateway to Scotland's living storytelling traditions. Experience rich story heritage in a range of settings, from the gentle walk-in ambience of the street level Storytelling Court to the more formal yet still intimate auditorium of the Netherbow Theatre. Attached is John Knox House, the Mile's oldest mansion dating back to 1470, which creates a unique venue, incorporating contemporary design with medieval architecture. Learn about one of the most turbulent times in Scottish History - The Scottish Reformation - which resulted in the outbreak of civil war and the abdication of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Tel: 0131 556 9579
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blank tabBRASS RUBBING CENTRETourist Attraction
Trinity Apse, Chalmers Close, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SS

The Brass Rubbing Centre occupies Trinity Apse, the only surviving fragment of the Gothic Trinity College Church, founded in 1460 by Queen Mary of Gueldress, wife of James II of Scotland. No experience is required to make a brass rubbing and staff are on hand to help. Admission free - a charge is made to make a rubbing.
Tel: 0131 556 4364See our website

blank tabGLENKINCHIE DISTILLERYTourist Attraction
Pencaitland, Tranent, Edinburgh, East Lothian, EH34 5ET

From the rich agricultural countryside of East Lothian comes Glenkinchie, the Classic Malt of the Lowlands. As the distillery is so close to the Capital, it is known as The Edinburgh Malt. Experience a real taste of Scotland and have a chance to see the fantastic exhibition, which hosts the renowned model distillery. You will be met by your guide and taken through the production area of the distillery, learning how to make the water of life. Tours are available throughout the day and take approximately 1 hour. Booking is advisable. Shuttle bus available from Edinburgh City Centre.
Tel: 01875 342004
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blank tabGORGIE CITY FARMTourist Attraction
51 Gorgie Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2LA
This child-friendly attraction is billed as "a breath of the countryside in the heart of the city". There is a pet lodge and loads of friendly farm animals for you to meet including goats, poultry, rabbits, sheep and tortoises. Bring your hamper and set out your spread in the idyllic picnic area. Children can enjoy the play areas and the educational Discovery Centre. There is also the chance to have a go at spinning, weaving in the workshops. Birthday parties and group tours can be catered for, and there are vegetable, herb and wildlife gardens to explore too. Admission: is free - donations are welcome.
Tel: 0131 337 4202
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Clan Tartan Centre - Leith Mills

70 - 74 Bangor Road, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 5JU
Tel: 0131 553 5161    Fax: 0131 553 4415    E-mail:

Only 5-minutes from the Royal Yacht Britannia you will find a world of truly Scottish style. In our clan tartan centre you can find out if your name is linked to a Scottish clan or tartan. Search our database of 50,000 names and take a printed clan certificate home with you. Browse at leisure through a superb selection of knitwear, tartan, gifts and souvenirs. Free parking.

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Water of Leith Visitor Centre

24 Lanark Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1TQ
Tel: 0131 455 7367    Fax: 0131 443 1682    E-mail:

The centre has photographic and interactive displays on Edinburgh's river plus information on history, wildlife and maps for the Water of Leith walkway. Guided walks for groups can be booked by prior arrangement. Assisted wheelchair access.

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Edinburgh Dungeon

31 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QB
Tel: 0131 240 1000    Fax: 0131 240 1002    E-mail:

Indoor visitor attraction depicting darkest chapters of Scottish history. Heavy emphasis on interaction, via actors, ride and tableaux. The attraction blends horror and humour to represent Scotland's bloody past. Please note that the Edinburgh Dungeon may not be suitable for very young children, or for those of a nervous (or squeamish) disposition.

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The Royal Observatory Visitors Centre

Blackford Hill, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH9 3HJ
Tel: 0131 668 8405    Fax: 0131 668 8429    E-mail:

The Observatory houses one of Scotland's largest telescopes and also features interactive exhibits on light and prisms; a computer gallery with the latest CD-ROMs based on space and astronomy in general and science books, posters and toys can be found in the shop. A history of the Observatory is also available and you can enjoy the panoramic view of Edinburgh without the aid of a telescope! Partial disabled access.

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Edinburgh Science Festival

Roxburgh's Court, Off 323 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1PW
Tel: 0131 220 1882    Fax: 0131 220 1771    E-mail:

The Edinburgh Science Festival is 12 days of non-stop events - shows, workshops, hands-on activities, talks, exhibitions and tours - that will inspire, stimulate and entertain you. Events take place in venues in and around the city every Easter.

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The Edinburgh Crystal Visitor Centre

Eastfeild, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 8HB
Tel: 01968 675128    Fax: 01968 673622     E-mail:

Visit are Heritage Centre to marvel at exquisite pieces of Edinburgh Crystal produced over the last 137 years. Chat to the master craftsmen as they transform plain crystal into pieces of art. Shop in the world's largest Edinburgh Crystal first quality and seconds outlet, and relax in our scrumptious restaurant.

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Our Dynamic Earth

112-116, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH8 8AS
Tel: 0131 550 7800    Fax: 0131 550 7801    E-mail:

Our Dynamic Earth is one of Edinburgh's "must see" attractions. It's a fantastic journey of discovery, using dramatic special effects, stunning imagery and state-of-the-art interactive displays, that take you from the very beginning of time to our unknown future. Discounts available for groups of 12 and over.

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The Royal Yacht Britannia

Ocean Terminal, Leith, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH6 6JJ
Tel: 0131 555 5566    Fax: 0131 555 8835

Now at Edinburgh's stylish waterfront shopping and leisure development, Ocean Terminal, in the historic port of Leith, only 2-miles from the city centre. Visit the Britannia Visitor Centre and learn about life on board and then step on board and tour the five main decks of Britannia, with the aid of a complimentary audio handset. Go to the Visitor Centre or call information line for tickets. Recently awarded the UKs No.1 Attraction by TripAdvisor.

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Maid of The Forth

Hawes Pier (Under Forth Rail Bridge) South Queensferry EH30 9TB
Tel: 0131 331 5000     E-mail:

Boat cruises around the islands. Modern ferry with bar/cafe and heated saloon

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Preston Mill

East Linton, East Lothian, EH40 3DS
Tel: 0844 493 2128

Watch the mechanisms at work and learn about milling.

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Camera Obscura and World Of Illusions

Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Tel: 0131 226 3709

At the top of Edinburgh's Royal Mile stands the city's oldest attraction.

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Cairnpapple Hill

3 m (5 km) N Bathgate, near Torphichen (B792). Narrow, winding road
Tel: 01506 634622   

Cairnpapple was used from about 3000BC to AD 500. Firstly as a ceremonial site then later as a burial site.

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