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There are a host of museums, historic buildings, monuments and attractions spread around Edinburgh all sparkling with their own stories. But all are worth spending a day, and afternoon or an hour to explore the city’s delights.

Edinburgh Castle
Scotland’s top tourist attraction offers the most brilliant view of a spectacular cityscape.  The castle is now home to a succession of national treasures, from Scotland’s Crown Jewels to the stone of Destiny, upon which Kings of Scotland were crowned. Kids will love the siege gun Mons Meg and also the 1 o’clock gun which gets fired daily (except Sundays). This is a popular visit and expect heavy footfall. Tickets can be bought online or on arrival.

Scottish Parliament
Despite the political commotion surrounding its design and building, the Scottish Parliament is an impressive and unique architectural achievement. Access is free and you can visit the public galleries and committee rooms to see the parliament in action on business days. There is an exhibition on the Parliament and guided tours for a small charge.

Palace of Holyrood
It is perhaps best known as the home of Mary Queen of Scots and her Outer Chamber houses memorabilia from her life including the Darnley Jewel.  Behind the palace are the ruins of Holyrood Abbey. Tours of the building take in the State apartments with their renowned plasterwork ceilings and ornate furnishings. More information can be found at www.royalcollection.org.uk.

Edinburgh Zoo
The the largest and most exciting wildlife attraction in Scotland, committed to the highest standards of animal welfare, conservation and environmental education.In just one day, you can meet over 1,000 wonderful animals in the beautiful parkland setting on the outskirts of Edinburgh.  They have some wonderful attractions for you to experience, plus you can also enjoy a wide range of visitor facilities and masses of events and daily activities throughout the year.

Royal Botanic Gardens
The Gardens are spread over 70 acres of sublime tranquillity only one mile North if the city centre. Highlights the world famous rock garden, the Scottish heath garden, the Chinese hillside, the Queen Mother Memorial Garden and the Victorian Palm House.  You can take it all in as you laze in the Edinburgh sunshine or join one of the regular walking tours.

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