Explore Edinburgh
Attractions

Edinburgh is alive with history and culture, and is home to some fascinating tourist destinations. At Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh, you’re well-placed to take advantage of it all, with an enviable situation in the heart of the Scottish capital.

Attractions

Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo is 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 beautiful parkland setting on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens

Comprising 70 acres of stunning scenery, just a stone's throw from the city centre, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) captures the imagination of everyone who visits: from the knowledgeable gardener to the curious sightseer.

Reflecting the international research and conservation work of RBGE, the Garden is home to the largest collection of wild-origin Chinese plants outside China. See, too, the Scottish Heath Garden, recreating the plantings and landscape of the Scottish highlands; the world-famous Rock Garden, which is home to over 5,000 alpine plants and the stunning 165m-long Herbaceous Border, backed by an outstanding century-old Beech Hedge

Calton Hill

Calton Hill

Edinburgh, like Rome, is built on seven hills. Calton Hill offers the most spectacular views of Edinburgh and the surrounding countryside, particularly if you climb to the top of the Nelson Monument, a replica in stone of Nelson’s telescope. This is one of many fascinating buildings on Calton Hill. The Political Martyrs Monument and the Observatory are both located here.

Most bizarre, perhaps, is the unfinished Acropolis on the hill. This is the National Monument, designed to commemorate Scottish war dead in the Napoleonic Wars, and never completed, because the money ran out.

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Against the spectacular backdrop of Scotland's top tourist attraction, performers from four continents, including participants from as far afield as South Africa and South America, together with the finest modern production technology, provide an abundance of matchless entertainment at the Tattoo on the floodlit esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.