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List of the famous landmarks that make up the Edinburgh skyline, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Edinburgh architectural landmarks as well as other major buildings, dwellings, and other structures in Edinburgh are included on this list. Information about these Edinburgh buildings is included on this list, such as when the building first opened and what architectural style it falls under. List includes both new buildings in Edinburgh and older historic landmarks.

Edinburgh Castle and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art are included in this list.

This list answers the question, "What are the most famous buildings in Edinburgh?"

This is a good reference for research into the historical architecture in Edinburgh. Famous architectural houses within the city of Edinburgh are included as well, sometimes by address, other times listed by the name of the original home owner.
Balmoral Hotel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Edinburgh Buildings & Structures
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The Balmoral is a luxury five-star hotel and landmark in Edinburgh, Scotland, known as the North British Hotel until the late 1980s. It is located in the heart of the city at the east end of Princes Street, the main shopping street beneath the Edinburgh Castle rock, and the southern edge of the New ...more

City/Town: United Kingdom

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Bute House is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Edinburgh Buildings & Structures
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Bute House is the official residence of the First Minister of Scotland. Located at 6 Charlotte Square in the New Town, Edinburgh, it is the central house on the north side of the square, and was designed by Robert Adam. The four storey house contains the Cabinet Room, offices and conference, ...more

City/Town: United Kingdom

Created By: Robert Adam

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City Observatory is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Edinburgh Buildings & Structures
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The City Observatory is an astronomical observatory on Calton Hill in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is also known as the Calton Hill Observatory. The site is enclosed by a boundary wall with a monument to John Playfair, president of the Edinburgh Astronomical Institution, in the southeast corner. The ...more

City/Town: Edinburgh, Scotland

Created By: William Henry Playfair

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Craigiehall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Edinburgh Buildings & Structures
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Craigiehall is a late-17th-century country house, which now serves as the Headquarters of the 2nd Division of the British Army. It is located close to Cramond, around 9 km west of central Edinburgh, Scotland. Craigiehall was designed by Sir William Bruce, with input from James Smith, and completed ...more

City/Town: United Kingdom

Opened: Jan 01 1699

Created By: William Bruce