Most attractions are open or opening soon in Edinburgh. Scotland has a COVID tier system, and in Edinburgh most attractions have published opening plans. 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.
Many of the major attractions in Edinburgh are now open for the public to visit!
Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Palace of Holyroodhouse is now open to the public. See the Queen’s official residence in Scotland, following the passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.
The Royal Yacht Britannia is now open 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.
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.
Many attrractions are reopening in May in Edinburgh
Scotch Whisky Experience
The Scotch Whisky Experience is expected to open in late May, with bookings now open from 17 May 2021. Visitors can discover Scotland’s most famous drink, see the world’s largest collection of Scotch Whisky and taste a wee drum!
Real Mary King’s Close hopes to reopen to the public in mid-May. Explore Edinburgh’s biggest underground experience and follow in the foosteps of former residents! Get tickets >>>
Edinburgh Castle is now open from 30 April 2021, 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 open to the public from 6 May 2021 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 from 26 April 2021! This includes an exhibition exploring Viking age treasure that runs until September 2021. Tickets must now be booked online.
Modern One reopens to the public on 16 May 2021. 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.
Two more attractions are opening in Edinburgh. The Scottish National Portrait Gallery (from 30 April) and Modern Two (from 26 April) will be reopening.
What’s still not open?
Whilst most attractions in Edinburgh have reopened to the public, some still remain closed. This includes the Museum of Childhood, which remains closed until further notice.