Official Guide to Edinburgh

Good to Go Attractions in Edinburgh

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This is Edinburgh - 10 Good to Go Edinburgh attractions to ensure your trip to the capital is safe this summer!

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We want to share our fascinating city with everyone safely and responsibly. As you start to plan your trip to Edinburgh, keep an eye out for the 'We're Good to Go' logo.

We've created this quick and simple guide featuring 10 of the city's 'We're Good to Go' attractions to ensure everyone can stay safe during their time in Edinburgh. 

These attractions have demonstrated they are adhering to the respective government and public health guidance, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and have the required processes in place.

Enjoy exploring Edinburgh safely!                                                         

1. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh | Park

Arboretum Place/Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5NZ

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One of the world's leading botanic gardens, here visitors can discover one of the richest collections of living plants in the world, with more than 13,500 species built over centuries of global exploration.

Safety Measures
Advance bookings. Confirm entry time before your visit
Social distancing markers  
Ticket scanners to minimise human contact
Hand sanitiser stations for visitors 
One-way systems along narrow paths
Glasshouse remains closed
Toilet facilities provided

Read their 'Good to Go' policy >


2. The Royal Yacht Britainnia  | Historic Ships and Boats

Ocean Terminal, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6JJ

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Award winning five-star visitor attraction with audio tours available in 27 languages. A fabulous extension to the five-star Britannia experience, the Tea Room has stunning waterfront views and waiter service. The Queen's former floating palace is definitely a must see. 

Safety Measures
Giving a warm welcome at a safe distance
Timed arrivals and reduced capacity
Protective screens at reception desks, till and tour instruction points
Card payments only
Audio tour available on mobile phones
Enhanced cleaning of handsets
Free headphones for handsets
One-way system on board
Enhanced cleaning schedule
Hand sanitiser stations for visitors
Visitors will be encouraged to observe social distancing

Read their 'Good to Go' policy >


3. Camera Obscura And World of Illusions | Exhibitions

Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2ND

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If 2020 has taught us anything, it's that anything is possible. So where else should one visit this year other than this world of illusions - where impossible doesn't even exist. With over 100 interactive, hands-on exhibits spanning five floors, your brain will be put to the test by mind boggling illusions. If that's not enough, why not take a trip up to The Rooftop Terrace where you can enjoy unrivalled views of Edinburgh's famous skyline. 

Safety Measures
Social distancing markers on arrival
Reduced capacity to ensure you have enough safe space to enjoy the experience 
Safety screens, gloves and masks (where applicable) to protect staff
Team members will maintain a safe distance , however, are still happy to help with any questions
Hand sanitiser stations available at every exhibition including entry and exit 
Toilets available
Card payments only. Please use contactless where possible
Increased regular cleaning regime of surfaces and touch points and have invested in more thorough deep cleans as well

Read their 'Good to Go' policy>


4. Dovecot Studios | Museums

10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT

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This world-renowned tapestry studio and landmark centre for contemporary art, craft and design is one of Edinburgh's hidden gems. Their exciting programme of exhibitions and events will propel anyone into a colourful world of contemporary art. 

Safety Measures

Risk Assessments
Timed exhibition tickets
Physical-distancing markers
One-way route
Protective screens
Increased cleaning
Hand sanitisers

Read their 'Good to Go' policy >


5. Palace of Holyrood House  | Historic Buildings

Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8DX

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The Queen's official residence in Edinburgh and the home of Scottish royal history, the Palace is located at the foot of the Royal Mile and adjacent to Holyrood Park. During your visit, you can learn about some of Scotland's most famous historic figures including Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Safety Measures

Advance booking
Reduced capacity

Plan your visit >


6. Edinburgh Zoo  | Zoo

134 Corstorphine Rd, Corstorphine, Edinburgh EH12 6TS 

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Home to the only Giant Pandas in the UK and Europe’s largest penguin pool, Edinburgh Zoo is the wildest attraction in Scotland's capital. With over 2,500 amazing and endangered animals, set in over 82 acres of wooded hillside, it really does make for a great day out with the family.

Safety Measures
Advanced bookings and reduced capacity
Electronic ticketing to minimise human contact
One-way route
Hand sanitisers
Toilets provided

Plan your visit >


7.The Real Mary King's Close |  Historic Sites

 2 Warriston's Close, High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PG

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From myths and legends, to the deadly plague epidemic, and a famous royal visitor - there's a myriad of tales just waiting to be told on this one hour guided tour.

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8. Surgeon's Hall Museums | Museums

Royal College Of Surgeons Of Edinburgh, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW

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One of the oldest museums in Scotland with a collection dating back to 1699. Initially established to act as a medical training resource for medical students, it is now open for all to visit. The Wohl Pathology Museum, one of three museums owned by Surgeons' Hall Museums, is home to one of the largest and most historic collections of surgical pathology in the world. 

Safety Measures
Visitors can make a free reservation in advance of visit. Tickets purchased on arrival
Contactless payments where possible
One-way system in operation. This is marked out by arrows on the floor
Maintain a social distance of 2 metres
Hand sanitising stations throughout the museums
Increased cleaning of all touch points and toilets
Visitors recommended to wear a face covering

open 7 days a week from 10am-5pm.

Read their 'Good to Go' policy >


9. Edinburgh Boat Charters | Sailing and Boating

Port Edgar Marina, Shore Road, South Queensferry, Edinburgh, EH30 9SQEdniburgh Boat Charters 500x 210.jpg

For those who prefer sea life to land life, Edinburgh Boat Charters offer a unique range of boating experiences, sailing in a beautiful historic and inspiring location providing bespoke experiences to meet every visitor’s needs.

Safety Measures
A warm welcome will be given at a safe distance
Timed tickets and reduced capacity
Screens at reception desks, till and tour instruction points
Card payments only
Audio tour available on mobile phones
Enhanced cleaning of handsets
Free headphones for handsets
One-way system on board
Enhanced cleaning schedule
Hand sanitiser stations for visitors
Encourage visitors to observe social distancing

Read their 'Good to Go' policy >


10. Edinburgh Castle   | Attractions

Castle Hill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG

Edinburgh Castle is at the top of every visitors list for Edinburgh, and so it should be. It won UK Heritage Attraction in the British Travel Awards and is Scotland’s number one paid-for tourist attraction. Highlights include the Royal Palace an Honours of Scotland, Mons Meg, also famously known as the 1 O'clock gun, and the Scottish National War Memorial.

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Plan your visit >

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