Top heritage things to do in Edinburgh

The Queen’s former floating royal residence for 40 years – the Royal Yacht Britannia – is now berthed permanently in Edinburgh. You can tour the ship and enjoy traditional afternoon tea on the deck.

And the Queen’s official residence in Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is a fine baroque pile found at the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Closely entwined in with Scotland's rich history, you can look around the Royal Apartments.

At the other end of the Royal Mile from Holyroodhouse and dominating the city skyline stands Edinburgh Castle, perched on an extinct volcano. Have a look for the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny.

For Holyrood Week (end of June/early July) the Queen visits Edinburgh, where she usually holds an Order of the Thistle service at St Giles Cathedral. You’ll see the Order of Archers – her bodyguards when in Scotland, and mass piped bands parading along the Royal Mile.

Get up close to a Concorde G-BOAA among other aircraft at the National Museum of Flight. Located at East Fortune Airfield around 40 minutes from Edinburgh, it’s well connected for visitors from the city.

The National Monument of Scotland is Edinburgh’s answer to Athens’ Parthenon. Designed to honour those fallen in the Napoleonic Wars, it stands on Calton Hill and a trip to see it up close will give you a fantastic view over Edinburgh all the way to the coast.

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