Things to do near the National Gallery of Scotland.
The National Gallery of Scotland is housed in a striking neoclassical building situated at one end of the mound in the Princes Street Gardens. With works by Da Vinci and Van Gogh represented within the National Gallery of Scotland's collection this is an essential part of any tour to Edinburgh city.
Across from it sits the Royal Scottish Academy, which has a wide-ranging collection of art and associated objects, archives and published material that have been acquired since the academy's foundation in 1826. The core element of the collections is the Diploma Collection, which comprises a single work by each full member of the academy which he or she must deposit as a representation of his or her L'uvre.
Sir Walter Scott was one of Scotland's most celebrated national poets and this gothic monument to him on Princes Street, with a statue of Scott underneath the base of the spire, pays tribute to his genius. Visitors can climb the 287 steps to the top of the monument to peer out from several viewing decks.
Step out amongst the vibrancy of Edinburgh city centre and visit Princes Street Gardens. Take in views of Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town on one side of this splendid park and the bustle of the New Town on the other. Princes Street Gardens is the gateway to the shopping district beyond, it is a great place to wander through with historic monuments and a fountain. Frequented by families, students and performers Princes Street Gardens is alive with people.
If the Royal Mile is the life vein of the Old City, then Princes Street is its equivalent in the New Town. Just a short walk from the Old City, Princes Street extends from Lothian Road to Leith Street and is home to numerous tourist sights and museums. It can be seen from Edinburgh Castle... read more
East Princes St. Gardens, near Waverley Station
Gothic spire dedicated to The Wizard of the North...
Princes Street Gardens
Ice rink part of Edinburgh's Christmas festivities... read more
Jenners Department Store, commonly known simply as Jenners, is a department store located in Edinburgh, Scotland. It has maintained its original position on Princes Street since 1838. It contains over 100 different departments selling a large variety of goods... read more
A colorful fireworks display to conclude the city's summer festival season... read more
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A great choice for all us nerdy book worms out there, the festival offers more than 700 workshops, panel discussions, and talks and performances with acclaimed authors from around the world... read more