Thinking about heading to Edinburgh for a wintery weekend getaway? Before you go read our guide of the best things to do, things to see and places to stay in Edinburgh!
1. Go shopping in Victoria Street
Victoria Street is absolute heaven for shopaholics, it is filled with charming quaint boutiques and is the perfect place to find a one of a kind gift or memoir of your trip.
2. Visit Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle is famous worldwide as an icon of Scotland, Castle defines the Edinburgh skyline and the castle itself has a rich and fascinating history. It hosts Scotland’s crown jewels and the mysterious sounding ‘stone of destiny’
3. Find inspiration and cure any lingering writer’s block at The Writers Museum
“The best laid schemes o' mice an' men Gang aft a-gley, An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain For promis'd joy.” - Robert Burns
If you didn't understand that quote you probably need to go to the Writer's Museum! The Writer's Museum is dedicated to Scotlands great literary writers including Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott. See handwritten manuscripts, first editions and a whole host of other literary artefacts.
This fantastic museum is truly one of a kind, it’s the oldest childhood musuem in the world. The five galleries are dedicated to all of the wonderful toys and memories you treasured as a child, so you can step back in time and explore the past through wonderful interactive exhibits.
5. Get Cultural at City Art centre
If you like art galleries you will certainly be a fan of City Art centre. The five floors that make up the gallery are insightful, informative and enjoyable, keep a look out for the exciting exhibits that happen throughout the year.
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7. Visit Royal Botanic Gardens
The ‘botanics’, as they are locally known, are the perfect place to while away the hours on an autumnal afternoon. The gardens boast some of the world’s oldest plants, so if you’ve got green fingers you’re in for a real treat. Even if you don't know your flora from your fauna, they are the perfect place for a romantic stroll or if you just need a bit of zen.
8. Explore The Queens Gallery
There is an endless list of things to see at the Queen’s Gallery, the series of changing exhibits throughout the year means you are always in for a treat whether it's summer or winter.
9. Go for a city trek at Holyrood Park and Arthur's seat
Fancy a climb? Head to Arthur's seat in Holyrood Park, it's a must for anyone visiting Edinburgh for the first time. The park also boasts Duddingston Loch an incredibly scenic spot which is perfect for birdwatching.
10. Visit the Queen at the Palace of Holyrood
The official residence of the queen in scotland, Holyrood Palace is a place of monumental significance. Visit the State Apartments and Mary, Queen of Scots' Chambers and finish up at the cafe for a lovely spot of afternoon tea.
11. Discover Scotland's History at the National Museum of Scotland
One of Scotland's best museums, National Museum of Scotland, showcases the collections in nature, art, design and fashion and science and technology. If you get the chance see the exhibition on Scotland’s Early Silver which is running until late February.
12. Party the night away at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay
Fancy spending New Years in Edinburgh? Scotland’s celebration of new year, ‘Hogmanay” is three days of spectacular events which redefine the meaning of the word ‘party’.
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14. Get into the Christmas Spirit Edinburgh Christmas Market.
Looking for all things Christmassy? The Christmas Market at East Princes St Gardens has a whole host of bespoke Christmas gifts and traditional delicious treats.
15. Discover a world of crazy illusions at Camera Obscura.
The museum is one of Edinburgh’s top attractions, it provides incredible views of the city and a wonderful, mind-boggling insight into all things ‘illusions’.
16. Stockbridge Sunday Market.
Stockbridge Sunday Market in Leith is the perfect place to find a delicious Sunday brunch with food produces coming from all over Scotland to show off their artisan goods.
17. Pay Bobby a Visit.
In case you weren't familiar with the tale, Bobby is a statue of a very small, very loyal dog in Greyfriars Kirkyard. Legend tells how Bobby guarded his masters grave for 14 years after his death in the 19th century, word- has it if you rub bobby's nose you’ll get good luck!
18. Become a Sandcastle Architect at Portobello Beach.
Fancy a trip to the seaside? Well, you're in luck, Edinburgh's very own portobello beach lies just a few miles from the city centre. In the summer it's great for sandcastle building and swimming (if you don't mind the temperature) and in the winter it's a lovely spot for a walk and some fish and chips, there is even an arcade!
20. Get spooked on a Ghost tour.
Love all things spooky? The old town is the place to go if you fancy a bit of a fright. Ghost Tours are immensely popular in the city, especially around Halloween and Guy Fawkes night, with everything from Witchery Tours to tours of Edinburgh Dungeon
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