Edinburgh Attractions

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Outlook Tower & Camera Obscura

Enjoy the finest views of Britain’s most beautiful city from the rooftop terrace, high in the centre of old Edinburgh. Camera Obscura – “darkened room” – is a giant camera capturing a live moving image of the world outside. Spy on passers by in the streets below.

Pick people up on the palm of your hand as the camera sweeps around the city your guide tells the story of Edinburgh’s historic past.

Situated just next to the castle on the Royal Mile. Open all year. Tel (0131) 225 4239.

Dynamic Earth

Visit Dynamic Earth and it is not just distant relatives you will discover. Experience for yourself a fantastic world of Big Bangs, exploding volcanoes and ground shaking earthquakes. Not to mention freezing icebergs and a real tropical rainstorm. So if you want the most amazing day out of all time, visit Dynamic Earth.
11 Interactive landscapes — Spectacular 360 showdome — The Bone Zone (childrens play area) — The Food Chain restaurant — The Polar Bar — Natural selection gift shop.

Opening Times: April – October 10am – 6pm daily, November – March (Wednesday – Sunday) 10am – 5pm. Tel (0131) 550 7800
For more information visit www.dynamicearth.co.uk

Edinburgh Tattoo

Scotland’s world famous Military Spectacle with the inspiring music of the massed military bands and the haunting sound of the lone piper.
4 – 26 August. For further information contact the Tattoo office at 32 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QB Tel. (0131) 225 1188 or visit www.edintattoo.co.uk

The Royal Yacht Britannia

For over forty years The Royal Yacht Britannia served the Royal Family, travelling over one million miles to become the most famous ship in the world. Travelling to every corner of the globe, in a career spanning 968 Royal and Official visits, she played a leading role in some of the defining moments of recent history.
To Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family, Britannia proved to be the perfect Royal residence for glittering state visits, official receptions, royal honeymoons and relaxing family holidays. So as you can imagine this unique vessel has a fascinating story to tell. And now that she has made Edinburgh’s historic Port of Leith her final home you can discover her story for yourself. Follow in the footsteps of Kings and Queens, Presidents and Prime Ministers and step aboard The Former Royal Yacht Britannia. www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk

Britannia is open all year. The Former Royal Yacht Britannia is operated by a Charitable Trust. All profits go towards her long-term maintenance. There is a dedicated bus service from Waverley Bridge. Tel . (0131) 555 5566

John Knox House

Medieval Town House memorial to John Knox and home of James Mossman, goldsmith to Mary Queen of Scots. Open all year. 42-45 High Street Tel. (0131) 556 9579 / 2647
Brass Rubbing Centre
This surviving fragment of Edinburgh’s historic Trinity Church is now home to the Brass rubbing Centre. Open April to September. Trinity Apse, Chalmer’s Close off High Street. Tel. (0131) 529 4364

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Discover the wonders ofthe plant kingdom in Scotland’s premier garden. Established in 1670, on an area only 40ft by 40ft, it now comprises over 70 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds.
Spectacular features include the world famous Rock Garden, the Pringle Chinese Collection and magnificent woodland gardens.
The amazing glasshouse experience, featuring Britain’s tallest palm house, leads you on a trail of discovery through Asia, Africa, the Mediterranean and the Southern hemisphere. Visit www.rbge.org.uk for more information.
Programme of events & exhibitions. Guided Tours (April to September) 11am & 2pm. Open daily from 9.30am. Admission free. Tel. (0131) 552 7171.