Museum of Edinburgh
Built in 1570, this is one of the best-preserved 16th-century buildings in the Old Town. Once the headquarters of the Incorporation of Hammermen, it is now a museum of local history, with collections of silver, glassware, pottery, and other items such as street signs. Now hosts Foundation Edinburgh - The Story of a City and a recently re-opened 17th Century courtyard.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking nearby
- Access is by stairs only due to historic nature of building
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, Mon-Sat 10-5 plus Sun 12-5 during Aug
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About The area
Edinburgh is one of Britain’s most spectacular cities and both Old and New Towns have UNESCO World Heritage status. At its heart, the Old Town is a treasury of architecture stretching back to medieval times with its labyrinth of narrow lanes (‘wynds’ or ‘closes’). While the New Town's splendid district of squares, crescents and gardens are surrounded by impressive Georgian town houses.
It isn’t just a magnificent, bustling city, it’s surrounded by countryside – offering visitors the best of both worlds. Dominated by hills and the sea, with the rolling Pentland Hills to the south and the broad expanse of the Firth of Forth estuary to the north, it benefits from a rugged and varied landscape. So much so, the city has its own miniature mountain, Arthur’s Seat, which looms over the Old Town and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, dwarfing even Castle Rock and its crowning fortress, Edinburgh Castle.
A couple of miles east, Portobello is Edinburgh’s seaside area, with a long stretch of golden sand that attracts droves of city dwellers on sunny summer days.
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