Landmark Visitor's Guide


Getting Around



A tour of the city


Landmark Visitor's Guide

Additional Information About Edinburgh

Places of Interest in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle
Castlehill, Royal Mile
Historic Scotland Tel 0131 668 8800
Open 7 days April to September,9.30am-6pm.October to March, 9.30am-5pm.

Edinburgh Experience
City Observatory
Calton Hill
Tel 0131 556 4365
Open 7 Days, 10.30am-5pm.

Edinburgh Zoo
Off Corstophine Road, 4 miles (6km) west of city centre
EH12 6TS
Tel 0131 334 9171
Open: April-September, 9am,-6pm. October & March, 9am-5pm.
November-February, 9am-4.30pm. Sunday opening 9.30am.

Georgian House
No 7 Charlotte Square
Tel 0131 225 2160
Open: April to October, Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm. Sunday 2-5pm.
Closed during winter months.

Gladstone's Land
477b Lawnmarket, Royal Mile
Tel 0131 226 5856
Open: April to October, Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm. Sunday 2-5pm.
Closed during winter months.

Hillend Dry Ski Slope
Biggar Road on the south outskirts of Edinburgh
Tel 0131 445 4433
Open: April to September, Monday to Friday, 9.30am-9pm.

John Knox's House
45 High Street, Royal Mile
Tel 0131 556 9579/0131 556 2647
Open: All year, Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm.

Writers Museum
Lady Stair's Close
Off Lawnmarket on Royal Mile
Tel 0131 529 4901
Open: All year, 10am-5pm. Sundays during Festival, 12pm-5pm.

Museum of Childhood
42 High Street, Royal Mile
Tel 0131 529 4142
Open: January-December, weekdays, 10am-5pm.Sundays during Festival 2-5pm.

National Library of Scotland
George IV Bridge
Tel 0131 226 4531
Open: All year, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm. Sunday, 2pm-5pm.

Camera Obscura
Castle Hill, Royal Mile
Tel 0131 226 3709
Open: April to October, Monday to Friday, 9.30am-6pm.
Saturday and Sunday, 10am-6pm. November to March, Monday to Sunday, 10am-5pm.

Palace of Holyroodhouse
Canongate, Royal Mile.
Tel 0131 556 7371
Open: April to October, 9.30am-5.15pm. November to March, 9.30am-3.45pm.

Parliament House
Parliament Square off Royal Mile
Tel 0131 225 2595
Open: All year, Tuesday to Friday, 10am-4pm.

Register House
East end of Princes Street
Tel 0131 556 6585
Open: All year, Monday to Friday, 9.30am-4.30pm.

Royal Botanic Gardens
East Gate, Inverleith Row
Tel 0131 552 7171
Open: Daily, except Dec 25 and Jan 1st. Nov-Feb 10am-4pm. Mar-Apr, 10am-6pm.
May-Aug, 10am-8pm. Sept-Oct, 10am-6pm.

Royal Observatory
Blackford Hill
Tel 0131 668 8405
Open: April to September, 12 noon to 5.30pm October to March 1 to 5pm and 1-9pm on Fridays

Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Regimental Museum
The Castle
Tel 0131 220 4387
Historic Scotland Tel 0131 668 8830
Open: April to September, Monday to Saturday, 9.30am-5pm.
Sunday, 11am-5pm. October to March, Monday to Saturday, 9.30am-4.20pm.
Sunday, 12.30-3.35pm.

St Giles' Cathedral
Royal Mile
Tel 0131 225 9442
Open: Monday to Saturday, 9am-5pm. Sundays in the afternoon.

Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre
358 Castlehill, The Royal Mile
Tel 0131 220 0441
Open: June to September, daily, 9am-6.30pm. October to May 10am-5pm.

Scott's Monument
East Princes Street
Tel 0131 529 4068

Cinemas, Theatres & Galleries

Edinburgh Festival Theatre
13-29 Nicholson Street
Tel 0131 529 6000

The Kings Theatre
2 Leven Street, Tollcross
Tel 0131 220 4349

Royal Lyceum Theatre Company
Grindlay Street
Tel 0131 229 9697

The Cameo Cinema
Shows cult films and new releases of note
Tel 0131 228 4141

The Dominion Cinema
3 screens presenting a variety of classics and important contemporary films
Newbattle Terrace
Tel 0131 447 4771

Edinburgh Art Galleries

For listings of current exhibitions obtain a copy of the Edinburgh Gallery Guide
available at most Edinburgh Galleries or tourist information centres.

National Gallery of Scotland
The Mound, just off Princes Street
Tel 0131 556 8921
Open: Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday, 2-5pm.

National Portrait Gallery
1 Queens Street
Handsome Victorian building housing portraits of nobility as well as a Museum of Antiquity.

Royal Scottish Academy
Foot of the Mound on Princes Street
Tel 0131 225 6671
Open: Monday to Saturday, 10am-7pm. Sunday 2-5pm.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Displays international and Scottish art of the twentieth century.
Belford Road
(West End of New Town) Bus No 13 from Princes Street.

Traverse Theatre
Cambridge Street, Next to Usher Hall
Tel 0131 228 1404
Open: See local press for performances and times.

City Art Centre
Market Street
Tel 0131 529 3993
Popular internationally touring exhibitions.

The Fruit Market Gallery
43 Market Street
Tel 0131 225 2383
More casual exhibition room with a wide variety of exhibitors.

Printmaker's Workshop and Gallery
23 Union Street, Off Leith Walk
Tel 0131 557 2479
Industrial unit churning out work with prints from notables around Scotland for sale in shop.

369 Gallery
233 Cowgate
Contemporary Scottish Art with a penchant for happenings, launches, music etc.

Other Useful Information

'Talking Tourist Guide to Edinburgh'
Calls charged at 39p per minute cheap rate and 49p at all other times.
Tel 01891 775700


Edinburgh Airport
Tel 0131 344 3136

Car Hire

Edinburgh Airport
Alamo Tel 0131 344 3250
Avis Tel 0131 333 1866
Hertz Tel 0131 333 1019
Courtesy phones for Eurodollar and Budget are found beside Meeting Point
opposite Airport Information Desk in airport.

Tourist Information Offices

Edinburgh and Scotland Tourist Information Centre
3 Princes Street (Above Waverley Centre) EH2 2QP
Tel 0131 557 1700

Edinburgh Airport Tourist Information
Airport is 7 miles (11km) west of the city at Turnhouse
Tel 0131 333 2167


The Scandic Crown***
80 High Street, Royal Mile
Tel 0131 557 9797

The Balmoral Hotel*****
1 Princes Street (East)
Tel 0131 556 2414

The Caledonian Hotel *****
Princes Street (West)
Tel 0131 459 9988

Bruntsfield Hotel****
69 Bruntsfield Place
Tel 0131 229 1393

Braid Hills Hotel****
134 Braid Road
Tel 0131 447 8888

Sibbet House Apartment****
26 Northumberland Street
Tel 0131 556 1078

Teviotdale House
53 Grange Loan
Tel 0131 667 4376


Little France Caravan Site
219 Old Dalkeith Road
Tel 0131 666 2326

Mortonhall Caravan Park
38 Mortonhall Gate Frogston Road East
Tel 0131 664 1533

Muirhouse Caravan Site
Marine Drive, Silverknowes
Tel 0131 312 6874

Youth Hostels

High Street Youth Hostel
8 Blackfriars Street
Tel 0131 557 3984

Bruntsfield Hostel
7 Bruntsfield Crescent
Tel 0131 447 2994

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