Scottish National Portrait GalleryFree: All time

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is housed in one of Edinburgh’s most remarkable building. This neo-gothic palace went through a dramatic three-year refurbishment and was completed in 2011. The Gallery now offers 17 new displays that explore different aspects of the history of Scotland. Through the gallery’s rich portraiture collection, visitors get to come face to face with famous historical figures such as Mary, Queen of Scots, Prince Charles Edward Stuart, to contemporary figures such as James McAvoy and Susan Boyle.

Address: 1 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JD
Opening hours: Fri-Wed 10am – 5pm, Wed 10am – 7pm
Direction: Bus 4, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 26 or 44 to end of Princes Street
Phone: +44 131 624 6200

Photo credit: Graeme Pow (Flickr CC), Oscar Palmer (Flickr CC), Charlie Sinclair (Flickr CC)