Most attractions are open in Edinburgh. Scotland has introduced a COVID tier system, and Edinburgh attractions are open under the current level. Tickets for almost all attractions must be purchased in advance. Timed entry is the new norm, with restricted visitor numbers and social distancing measures. This means you should book tickets in advance.
Make the most of the summer with our round-up of what’s open in Edinburgh following the easing of lockdown restrictions.
Update 2021: All attractions are now closed
Attractions open in Edinburgh
Many of the major attractions in Edinburgh are now open for the public to visit!
The Royal Yacht Britannia has reopened to the public. You can once again follow in the footsteps of Royalty with a visit to the iconic vessel. The yacht is running a one-way system onboard to ensure public safety and the tea room is operating with card payments only. Get tickets >>>
The Scotch Whisky Experience is now open and visitors can discover Scotland’s most famous drink! See the world’s largest collection of Scotch Whisky and taste a wee drum! Get tickets >>>
Camera Obscura is now open to the public. Visitors will once again get see over 100 illusions as well as the best rooftop views of the city! The attraction is running at only 30% of normal capacity to allow for social distancing. Get tickets >>>
The Palace of Holyroodhouse is now open and visitors can book a timeslot during August and September to see the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Get tickets >>>
Real Mary King’s Close has now reopened to the public. Explore Edinburgh’s biggest underground experience and follow in the foosteps of former residents! Get tickets >>>
Day trips to Loch Ness from Edinburgh are now operating again. Try and spot Nessie with a 1-day tour to Scotland’s most famous Loch. Get tickets >>>
Harry Potter walking tours of the city are now back up and running. Tours are limited to 14 participants and available with an English or German speaking guide. Discover the city that inspired J K Rowling! Get tickets >>>
Hop on Hop off BusTours have returned! Rediscover the Scottish capital with a 24 hour ticket and enjoy spectacular views of the city. There’s also a special offer for families! Get tickets >>>
More attractions open in Edinburgh
Edinburgh Castle is now open, with new restrictions in place to keep visitors safe. You’ll also notice some changes due to the difficulties of keeping social distancing. Tickets must be purchased online and are in high demand.
The Scottish National Gallery is now open to the public and you can explore the oustanding national collection with a free timed ticketing system. Whilst some galleries remain closed, there will be works on display by Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, El Greco, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer, van Dyck and more.
The National Museum of Scotland is back! This includes an exhibition exploring Scotland’s precious seas that runs until January 2021. Tickets must now be booked online.
Modern One reopens to the public on Monday 24 August 2020. This museum displays Scotland’s collection of modern and contemporary art
Edinburgh Zoo has reopened to the public. Once again visitors can discover this fantastic zoo with over 1,000 rare and endangered animals.
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is now open. You must book a timeslot online in advance of your visit.
What’s still not open?
Whilst most attractions in Edinburgh have reopened to the public, some still remain closed. The Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Modern Two will be reopening this autumn whilst the Museum of Chilhood remains closed until further notice.