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Visitor Centres in Edinburgh

What better way to discover new and unique insights into local culture, nature and heritage than by choosing to visit one of the visitor centres detailed here?

Almond Valley Heritage Centre

Almond Valley Heritage Centre Millfield, Livingston EH54 7AR

Almond Valley Heritage Centre in Livingston, West Lothian, is an award winning farm, museum and discovery centre!

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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 2ND

With five floors and over 100 interactive, hands-on exhibits, we have something to entertain all ages!

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Dynamic Earth

112 - 116 Holyrood Gait, Edinburgh Old Town EH8 8AS

Dynamic Earth is a 5 star visitor experience which invites you to take a journey through time to witness the story of planet Earth. Through a series of...

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Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World

Dobbies Garden World Melville Nursery, Lasswade EH18 1AZ

Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World is the world's longest running butterfly house and one of Scotland's favourite tourist and educational attractions.

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Edinburgh Zoo

134 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh West EH12 6TS

Edinburgh Zoo is owned by The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS). The Society was founded in March 1909, and the Zoo opened in July 1913.

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Five Sisters Zoo

Five Sisters Zoo Gavieside, West Calder EH55 8P

Five Sisters Zoo was established in 2005 and is the most-visited wildlife attraction centre in West Lothian!

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Hopetoun House

Hopetoun House Hopetoun, South Queensferry EH30 9SL

Situated on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Hopetoun is a place of outstanding natural beauty, which has Scotland's finest stately home at its heart.

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Johnnie Walker Princes Street

145 Princes Street, Edinburgh New Town EH2 2YJ

Johnnie Walker Princes Street offers a personalised whisky experience where you can explore the flavours of Scotland in the heart of Edinburgh.

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National Museum of Flight Scotland

National Museum of Flight Scotland East Fortune Airfield, EH39 5LF

Head off on a journey of discovery at this former airfield as you explore the history of aviation from the First World War to the present day

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National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland Chambers Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1JF

Connecting Scotland to the world and the world to Scotland.

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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

20A Inverleith Row, Stockbridge and Canonmills EH3 5LR

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a scientific centre for the study of plants, their diversity and conservation, as well as a popular tourist attraction.

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Royal Observatory Edinburgh

Royal Observatory Edinburgh Blackford Hill, Edinburgh South EH9 3HJ

The Royal Observatory Edinburgh Visitor Centre runs a variety of programmes and events on site at the Royal Observatory and throughout Scotland. Pre-booking is essential.

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Scottish Gas Murrayfield

Murrayfield Stadium Roseburn Street, Edinburgh West EH12 5P

Murrayfield Stadium is a sports stadium located in the west end of Edinburgh.

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Scottish Owl Centre

Scottish Owl Centre Polkemmet Country Park, Whitburn EH47 0AD

The Scottish Owl Centre is the home to Scotland's largest collection of owls. Located in Polkemmet County Park, it is both a fun and educational day out for the whole family.

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Scottish Seabird Centre

Scottish Seabird Centre The Harbour, North Berwick EH39 4SS

The Scottish Seabird Centre is situated at North Berwick harbour, East Lothian, with stunning views across the Firth of Forth and the iconic Bass Rock.

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Shout! The Scottish Music Experience

111 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh East EH8 8AU

SHOUT! The Scottish Music Experience is the first of its kind, a live music venue dedicated to the celebration of Scottish music!

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The Chocolatarium

3 - 5 Cranston Street , Edinburgh Old Town EH8 8BE

Give yourself or your loved ones a treat with a visit to Edinburgh’s Chocolatarium - 90 minutes of chocolate heaven!

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The Edinburgh Dungeon

31 Market Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1DF

The Edinburgh Dungeon is the ultimate underground journey through Edinburgh's darkest history as you see, hear and errr smell Edinburgh’s murky past!

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The Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Britannia Ocean Drive, Leith EH6 6JJ

Rated Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction for 12 years by national tourism agency VisitScotland, Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years.

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The Scotch Whisky Experience

354 Castlehill, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 2NE

Discover how single malt Scotch whisky is made, a process unchanged through the centuries!

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The Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament , Edinburgh Old Town EH99 1SP

Scotland's Parliament sits at the foot of Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile in front of the spectacular Holyrood Park and Salisbury Crags.

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Water of Leith Conservation Trust

24 Lanark Road, Edinburgh West EH14 1TQ

The Water of Leith Conservation Trust works to conserve and enhance the river, its heritage and wildlife.

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Visitor Centres in East Renfrewshire

Here's a selection of Visitor Centres you can find over on our sister site, What's On East Renfrewshire:

Whitelee Windfarm Visitor Centre

Whitelee Windfarm Visitor Centre Moor Road, Eaglesham G760QQ

Whitelee Windfarm is Europe's largest windfarm and is located on Eaglesham Moor just 20 minutes from Glasgow!

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Visitor Centres in Fife

Here's a selection of Visitor Centres you can find over on our sister site, What's On Fife:

Deep Sea World

Deep Sea World Forthside Terrace , North Queensferry KY11 1JR

Deep Sea World welcomes you on a voyage of discovery where learning can be exciting and fun!

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St Andrews Aquarium

St Andrews Aquarium The Scores , St Andrews KY169

St Andrews Aquarium boasts one of the finest locations in the historic town and is a perfect destination for all things fishy.

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Darnleys Distillery and Gin School

East Newhall Farm Kingsbarns, Nr St Andrews KY16 8QE

Darnley's Gin is a family owned Scottish Gin making award-winning spirit in the Kingdom of Fife on the East coast of Scotland.

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Visitor Centres in Glasgow

Here's a selection of Visitor Centres you can find over on our sister site, What's On Glasgow:

RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond

RSPB Loch Lomond Nature Reserve , Gartocharn

RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond is set in a stunning mix of woodlands and wetlands on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

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Glasgow Science Centre

50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow South Side G51 1EA

Glasgow Science Centre is one of Scotland's must-see visitor attractions situated on the banks of the Clyde.

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House for an Art Lover

Bellahouston Park Dumbreck Road, Glasgow South Side G41 5BW

Designed by famous Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, House for an Art Lover is a truly unique venue and one of Glasgow's architectural gems!

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Visitor Centres in Lanarkshire

Here's a selection of Visitor Centres you can find over on our sister site, What's On Lanarkshire:

Calderglen Country Park

Calderglen Country Park Strathaven Road, East Kilbride G75 0QZ

Calderglen Country Park is a four-star tourist attraction based in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire featuring a Children's Zoo, Tropical Glasshouse, Adventure Play Area and more!

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New Lanark World Heritage Site

New Lanark World Heritage Site New Lanark Mills, Lanark M11 9DB

New Lanark World Heritage Site is a beautifully restored 18th century cotton mill village in Southern Scotland, close to the Falls of Clyde and only around an hour's drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Discover Amazonia

M&Ds Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell ML1 3RT

Discover Amazonia, situated within M&Ds at Strathclyde Park, is Scotland's only indoor tropical rainforest, packed full of exotic plants and animals!

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Visitor Centres in Renfrewshire and Inverclyde

Here's a selection of Visitor Centres you can find over on our sister site, What's On Renfrewshire:

Greenock Cut Visitor Centre

Greenock Cut Visitor Centre Cornalees Bridge, Inverkip PA16 9LX

Situated in the heart of Inverclyde’s historic water catchment area, the Greenock Cut is a scheduled monument with fantastic views and trails.

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Lamont Farm Project

Lamont City Farm Barrhill Road, Erskine PA8 6EZ

Lamont Farm Project is a vibrant community project located in Erskine where you can meet a wide variety of domesticated animals, including sheep, goats, horses, ducks, hens, llamas and rabbits!

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RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve

RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve Largs Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4JF

RSPB Lochwinnoch is the best place in the west of Scotland for family fun, wild days out and discovering nature with an excellent RSPB shop, visitor centre and visitor trails.

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Visitor Centres in Stirling and Falkirk

Here's a selection of Visitor Centres you can find over on our sister site, What's On Stirling:

The Falkirk Wheel

The Falkirk Wheel Lime Road, Falkirk FK1 4RS

The Falkirk Wheel is the world's first and only rotating boat lift, as much an icon for Scotland as it is an engineering masterpiece!

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The Engine Shed

Forthside Way, Stirling FK8 2BY

We’re Scotland’s building conservation centre, a place to explore your built heritage!

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The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre

The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Duke's Pass, Aberfoyle FK8 3SX

With trails suitable for all, tree top adventures, a great café, toilets and plenty of information, this should be your first stop when it comes to exploring...

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Visitor Centres in Other Areas

Culzean Castle and Country Park

Culzean Castle and Country Park , Maybole KA19 8LE

With a dramatic clifftop setting, Robert Adam architecture, fascinating history & beautiful surrounds, Culzean Castle and Country Park is one of Scotland's best days out!

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Dean Castle Country Park

Dean Castle Country Park Dean Road, Kilmarnock KA3 1XB

Nestled in the heart of Kilmarnock, Dean Castle Country Park is a fantastic free day out for all the family!

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Dundonald Castle and Visitor Centre

Dundonald Castle Winehouse Yett, Dundonald KA2 9HD

War and romance, smuggling and heroism, tales of the supernatural and more – Royal Dundonald Castle is one of Scotland's most unexplored and fascinating treasures!

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Kelburn Estate & Country Centre

Kelburn Castle & Country Centre Fairlie, Largs KA29 0BE

A 13th Century castle that's had an amazing makeover courtesy of a team of Brazilian artists, the estate also features dramatic walks, breathtaking gardens and many features of historical interest!

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