Edinburgh is alive with history and culture and is home to fascinating tourist destinations. With an enviable location in the heart of the Scottish capital - let Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian be your starting point as you create extraordinary memories of your own in this iconic city.
- Museums & Galleries
- Music & Theatre
- Family Activities
National Museum of Scotland
From the age of dinosaurs to the technology of the future, the National Museum of Scotland contains treasures from around the world. The diverse collections take you on a journey of discovery through the history of Scotland and around the world, taking in the wonders of nature, art, design, fashion, science and technology – all under one roof. Open up a treasure trove of decorative arts in the new Art, Design and Fashion galleries or follow the story of Scotland from prehistory to the present day in the Scottish galleries. From meteorites to monsters from the deep, the Natural World galleries tell the story of our planet, while the World Cultures galleries link people and possessions across the globe.
Scottish National Gallery
The Scottish National Gallery, located at the foot of The Mound, houses one of the best collections of fine art in the world. Spend an hour strolling around this peaceful setting and you’ll find masterpieces from Raphael, Velázquez and Vermeer, to Monet, Cézanne and Van Gogh. For a nation of Scotland’s size, the collection is rightfully regarded as one of the very best in the world. The gallery is perfectly located to enjoy views of the castle or a relaxing wander through the beautiful Princes Street Gardens.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Set in some of the city's most beautiful parkland, The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is a must-see for modern and contemporary art. Home to a fascinating sculpture park, the gallery comprises two face-to-face Georgian buildings: Modern One and Modern Two. Between them, they house a collection of more than 6000 paintings, sculptures, installations, video work, prints and drawings – all dating from about 1900 to the present day.
The Writers’ Museum
Hidden among the picturesque wynds and closes of the Old Town sits Lady Stair’s House; A magnificent building housing one of the city’s best kept secrets – The Writers’ Museum. The museum celebrates the lives and works of three of Scotland's best-known writers: Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. Though none of these authors had direct links with the building, Burns lived just a short walk away on Baxter's Close – a historic pocket which is full of character and also worth a visit. An Edinburgh baronet, Sir William Gray of Pittendrum, built the building in 1622. Keep an eye out for Gray’s clever form of Middle Ages burglar defence – the height of each of the main steps is uneven, making them difficult to run up and down in a hurry!
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Come 'face to face' with Scotland, past and present, at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. This great red sandstone neo-gothic palace is a remarkable piece of art in itself, sitting proudly on the city's skyline. The collection is an exceptional national resource of over 30,000 fascinating images incorporating a rich variety of media, including many internationally outstanding works of art. The portraits depict the men and women whose lives and achievements helped shape Scotland and the wider world.
The Georgian House
Situated in the historic Charlotte Square, just a stone's throw from the hotel, the Georgian House provides a glimpse of life in the New Town in the 18th century. The magnificent house is part of Robert Adam's masterpiece of urban design and dates from 1796 when those who could afford it began to escape from the cramped, squalid conditions of Edinburgh's Old Town to settle in the fashionable New Town. Visitors can admire the house's beautiful china, shining silver, exquisite paintings and furniture, which all reflect the domestic surroundings and social conditions of the time.
Royal Scottish Academy
Standing tall at the foot of The Mound in the centre of Princes Street, this iconic building runs a year-round programme of exhibitions, talks and events which support and promote contemporary Scottish artists. The Academy’s distinguished history is reflected in its extensive collections and archives. It is said that along with the adjacent National Gallery of Scotland, the neo-classical design of the building helped transform Edinburgh into a modern-day 'Athens of the North'.