When it comes to unique attractions and picture perfect beauty spots, Edinburgh has more than a few to share. Enjoy a wander around the city and you'll be rewarded with much more than you bargained for. So what hidden gems should you be looking for? Here are some suggestions from Facebook and Twitter, along with a few of our own for good measure ...

1. Stockbridge

Stockbridge shop fronts

Begin your hidden gem experience with a visit to Stockbridge - a delightfully bohemian area of the city and a real favourite with locals. Close to the New Town, Stockbridge offers a small town vibe and a string of great boutiques, cafés and bars, as well as a tempting market filled with street food and take-home goodies every Sunday. Don't miss the colourful Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh which is just a short walk away too.

2. Edinburgh Gin Distillery

Drinks and bottles of Edinburgh Gin© Edinburgh Gin

Located on Rutland Place at the west end of Princes Street, the Edinburgh Gin Distillery produces a delectable range of gins and gin liqueurs. Book a tour of the distillery to learn all about the history of gin and how it's made. You'll see the two gleaming copper stills that make every drop of Edinburgh Gin before tasting a sample for yourself. If you have a real passion for gin, consider booking the gin making experience - it comes with a bottle of your own unique gin to take home.

3. Collective Gallery, Calton Hill

Dugald Stewart Monument, Calton Hill

Zooming over to the east end of Princes Street, visit Calton Hill for stunning views of the city. While you're there, pop into the Collective Gallery - located at the City Observatory and City Dome - which features changing exhibitions of new work by up and coming artists. At collectivegallery.net you can also download special audio guides from the Observers' Walks series that have been created by artists and can be listened to as you wander around Calton Hill.

4. Portobello Beach

Portobello Groyne Photo by Magnus Hagdorn via Flickr | Creative Commons

Just a few miles from the city centre, Portobello Beach oozes traditional seaside charm. Enjoy a hot crêpe or an ice cream as you stroll along the promenade, play fun games at the amusement arcades or visit the indoor swimming pool with Turkish Baths where you can unwind with three hot rooms, a steam room, a relaxation area and cold plunge pool.

5. John Knox House, Scottish Storytelling Centre

John Knox House, Scottish Storytelling Centre

Ever wondered what it would have been like to live on the Royal Mile during the medieval period? Find out on a tour of John Knox House - the oldest building on this world-famous street. Take a tour of the house before heading next door to the Scottish Storytelling Centre where you can enjoy a tasty bite in the lovely café as well as a packed programme of live storytelling events, theatre, music and much more.

6. Thistle Chapel in St Giles' Cathedral

Chapel of the Order of the Thistle, St Giles' Cathedral

Also on the Royal Mile, why not pop into St Giles' Cathedral and marvel at some of Edinburgh's most impressive architecture? As well as Victorian stained glass windows and Gothic style stonework the stunning Thistle Chapel's magnificent ceiling is a sight to behold. Further down the Royal Mile, look out for Dunbar's Close Garden, which are laid out like a 17th century garden, tucked away down an alley just off the main street.

7. Surgeons' Hall Museums

Surgeon's Hall Museum, Edinburgh Photo by Anne via Flickr | Creative Commons

Just a five minute walk from the Royal Mile, the Surgeons' Hall Museums are a treasure trove of surgical tools, fascinating paintings and - yes - more than a few body parts in jars. Learn about the evolution of surgery throughout the ages and find out how great Scottish minds brought us some of the medical breakthroughs we take for granted today.

8. Summerhall

Summerhall Photo by lizsmith via Flickr | Creative Commons

Looking out across The Meadows, Summerhall is a landmark building in Edinburgh and well known for being the former Royal Dick Vet School. Now it's a cool multi arts venue with a packed events programme, exhibitions and small museums - plus a boutique gin distillery and craft brewery. Grab a snack in the café or a meal in the restaurant (where you can try Summerhall Pale Ale brewed by Barney's Beer) and book a tour of Summerhall Distillery to see how Pickering's Gin is made.

9. Greyfriars Kirk

Greyfriars Bobby

Located opposite the National Museum of Scotland at the top of Candlemaker Row, you'll probably see the statue of Greyfriars Bobby before you see the gates to Greyfriars Kirk. Pop in to learn Bobby's story, marvel at this beautiful landmark building and go on a treasure hunt to find the gravestones which reportedly inspired JK Rowling when she was writing Harry Potter. Look out for Joseph Black (inspiration for Sirius Black), William McGonagall (Minerva McGonagall) and Thomas Riddell (aka 'He Who Must Not Be Named').

10. Lauriston Castle

Lauriston Castle-00138 Photo by Kit Carruthers via Flickr | Creative Commons

This 16th century tower house on the west side of Edinburgh, just three miles from Princes Street, contains wonderful collections of beautiful objects, including colourful tapestries, fine Italian furniture and vases made from the rare Blue John stone. Lauriston Castle's grounds also feature a stunning Japanese Friendship garden gifted by the prefecture of Kyoto.

11. Dean Village

Well Court in Dean Village

Bordering the Water of Leith and just a few minutes from Stockbridge, Dean Village boasts some of the capital's most spectacular architecture. Follow the peaceful path along the water's edge and towards the west of the city, admiring the distinctive sandstone mills and stylish Tudor revivals en route. You're not far from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art either.

12. The Stand Comedy Club

The Stand Photo by Russell McGovern via Flickr | Creative Commons

Edinburgh is famed for its annual Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world, but you don't need to visit in August to be guaranteed some laughs. The Stand Comedy Club has seen some of the UK's most popular comedians take to its stage, from Frankie Boyle to Sarah Millican and many more.

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