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5 Top Things to See on the Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

365Tickets September 23, 2019

Why not explore the beautiful Scottish capital with 365Tickets’ Edinburgh hop on hop off bus tours? Nestled on the north facing slope of the Pentland Hills facing the Firth of Forth, Edinburgh is the perfect destination for a little break and a bus tour is a great way to get around the city, without having to navigate by foot.

Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off Bus Map

What is there to see in Edinburgh?  

1. Edinburgh Castle

Foremost, the impressive Edinburgh Castle sits at the top of the Royal Mile, overlooking the city. The castle holds over 3000 years of history within its walls; from being home to Scottish royalty such as Mary Queen of Scots, to Charles I, it has justified itself as a powerful national symbol. However, beware of the one o’clock gun fired from the battlements… the noise reverberates around the city every day except Sunday, Good Friday and Christmas Day.

2. Palace of Holyroodhouse

At the bottom of the Royal Mile sits the Royal Residence, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, which is open to the public except for one week in the summer when the Queen is in residence. When she is in residence, look for the flying Royal Standard of the United Kingdom flag. At all other times, when she is not resident, the Royal Banner of Scotland is flown. The Queen’s Gallery is housed within Holyroodhouse Palace hosting various royal exhibitions.

3. The National Museum of Scotland

For the historians amongst us, use the hop on hop off bus Edinburgh to pay a visit to the National Museum of Scotland is a must – exhibiting an extensive collection of Scottish antiquities, culture and history. However beware, it could take all day as it has a huge number of galleries and exhibitions!

4. Our Dynamic Earth

How about a visit to one of Edinburgh’s newer attractions, Our Dynamic Earth? This exhibit takes you on a journey through space and time to explore how the planet came into being. You can go on a 4DVENTURE around the world and, if needed, audio guides are also available in several languages.

5. Camera Obscura

Of course, you could also visit the oldest attraction in Edinburgh, which is Camera Obscura situated on The Royal Mile. Explore the five floors of over 100 interactive exhibits and amazing optical illusions.

Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off Bus Stops

  1. Waverley Bridge
  2. Lothian Road
  3. Grassmarket
  4. Lauriston Place
  5. Johnston Terrace
  6. Lawnmarket
  7. Chambers Street
  8. John Knox House
  9. Canongate
  10. Holyrood
  11. Our Dynamic Earth
  12. Regent Road
  13. Hanover Street
  14. Market Street

You can get on and off as many times as you wish during the validity period of your ticket, and with multilingual audio commentary learn more about the city as you enjoy the tour around Edinburgh. There’s even a special audio guide for children from Horrible Histories!