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 our iKnow Community, along with a few of our own for good measure ...

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1. Jupiter Artland

Jupiter Artland  
'Life Mounds' by Charles Jencks at Jupiter Artland

Open from May - September, Jupiter Artland is a wonderful green space located just outside the city centre. Pre-book your slot and enjoy a walk through the trees in this scenic spot and see the works of art that are installed throughout the gardens.

2. Edinburgh Gin Distillery

Drinks and bottles of Edinburgh Gin
Cannonball 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.

3. Dean Village

Well Court in Dean Village 
Dean Village

Bordering the Water of Leith and just a few minutes from the local favourite 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.

4. Water of Leith

The Shore, Leith
The Shore, Leith

Continue along the leafy, quiet pathway which weaves its way through the city and you'll eventually reach the Shore, an area of the city packed full of Michelin-star restaurants, seafood spots and trendy cafés and bistros! Stop along the way at The Pitt Street food market which takes place most Saturdays during the year, or reward yourself with a refreshing pint on the waterfront terrace at Teuchter's Landing - nothing beats this spot on a summer's evening!

5. Panda & Sons

This classic Prohibition-style speakeasy offers an array of classic and creative cocktails, with fun décor and nods to a vintage barber shop. Panda & Sons is a little hidden away, but keep looking - it's worth a visit for a delicious tipple! Or, try the legendary boozy ice cream, vending machine treats and slushies at Hoot the Redeemer on Hanover Street.

6. Dr Neil's Garden

Sometimes referred to as Scotland's secret garden, Dr Neil's Garden is a little piece of haven. Located beside Duddingston Kirk on the lower slopes of Arthur's Seat, it's a fabulous place for a little escape from the real world, with brightly-coloured plants to admire everywhere you look. In one corner, there's Thomson's Tower, built in 1825 as a place for storing Duddingston Curling Society's stones, and whilst you're in the village, a stop to the Sheep's Heid Inn is a must for a hearty roast dinner.

7. Rooftop terrace, National Museum of Scotland

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You may have visited the wonderful National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street before, but did you venture up to the rooftop viewing platform on the 7th floor, to see the incredible 360 degree views of the city skyline?  

8. Cramond

Don't worry beach bums, a city break in Edinburgh can quickly turn into a beach break holiday with several coastlines to choose from! At Cramond, walk out along the tidal causeway to Cramond Island (be sure to check the tides and leave enough time to return to dry land!), stop for a cuppa at the Boardwalk Beach Club or sit down for fish and chips in the cosy Cramond Inn.  

9. Thistle Chapel in St Giles' Cathedral

Chapel of the Order of the Thistle, St Giles' CathedralSt Giles' Cathedral, Royal Mile

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 is laid out like a 17th century garden, tucked away down an alley just off the main street.

10. Surgeons' Hall Museums

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.

11. Portobello Beach

Portobello Beach, Edinburgh
Portobello Beach

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 (temporarily closed due to Covid-19) where you can unwind with three hot rooms, a steam room, a relaxation area and cold plunge pool.

12. The Stand Comedy Club

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 shows coming soon and has seen some of the UK's most popular comedians take to its stage, from Frankie Boyle to Sarah Millican and many more.

13. Summerhall

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 exhibitions and small museums - plus a boutique gin distillery producing Pickering's Gin and a craft brewery. The Royal Dick courtyard is now open and you can book a table online. Grab a snack or try Summerhall Pale Ale brewed by Barney's Beer.

14. Lauriston Castle

This 16th century tower house on the west side of Edinburgh, is just three miles from Princes Street, in the leafy suburb of Cramond. Explore Lauriston Castle's beautiful grounds overlooking the sea. The grounds feature a stunning Japanese Friendship garden gifted by the prefecture of Kyoto.

Do you have a favourite place in Edinburgh that you think the world should know about? Why not head over to our iKnow Scotland community forum and sing its praises! You can also share your experienes with us on our social channels using #OnlyinScotland.