Visiting Edinburgh: The great city guide

Edinburgh is such a fantastic city (even if we are a little biased). It’s packed with vast amounts of history, culture and beauty.

So, with so much to see where do you start? Here are a few places that should definitely appear on your must-see list whilst you’re visiting Edinburgh.

Popular attractions

Obviously, top of our list for anyone visiting Edinburgh to see is the castle. It’s arguably Edinburgh’s most iconic landmark and the first stop for anyone visiting our beautiful city.

However, if you’re looking for one of the best views of Edinburgh you’re going to want to take a walk up Arthur’s Seat. But don’t worry if you don’t fancy going all the way up, The Crags also offers a pretty good view.

Camera Obscura and the World of Illusions have been welcoming visitors since 1835. It’s a world where seeing is more than just believing and the impossible is made possible. Don’t miss the incredible live moving panorama of the city or the magic gallery where you can even catch your shadow.

Edinburgh Dungeons combines fear, theatre and comedy to create a tour that is fun for the whole family. The acting and special effects make learning about the history behind this amazing city a one of a kind experience. The dungeons should definitely be on your to-do list when visiting Edinburgh.

Now it’s time to venture out of the city centre. First launched back in 1953, The Royal Yacht Britannia now spends its days docked in Leith. This stunning vessel is a must see during your visit to Edinburgh.

The Royal Botanic Garden was founded in 1670 and is now world-renowned for its rich collection of plants. It’s a great day out for the whole family and can be easy reached using either the 8, 23 or 27 bus from the city centre.

Slightly off the beaten track

Here are a few suggestions for those of you looking to visit some spots that are a bit different to the traditional tourism spots.

Take a relaxing walk along The Water of Leith and end up down at the Shore. With some fabulous bars and amazing places to grab a bite, Leith is an up and coming area with plenty of character. If you’re looking for something award-winning then you can pop into The Kitchin. This Michelin star restaurant has something for everyone to enjoy.

Stockbridge is an affluent area of Edinburgh situated north of the city centre. It plays host to some fantastic restaurants and boutique shops – perfect if you’re looking for something a bit different. Whilst you’re in the area we would recommend popping into Cuckoos Bakery – their cakes are delicious!

If you fancy something a little bit different then maybe you need to go ‘’Back to the Future’’. Tucked away off the hustle and bustle of Morningside Road is a touch of the Wild West. It’s so hidden that many residents of Edinburgh don’t even know it exists.

If you’re looking to explore the Scottish coast, then you have come to the right place. We have some beautiful beaches nearby. If you’re lucky enough to have your own transport, and you’re willing to make the short 45-minute journey, North Berwick is a wonderful place to explore. But if you’re looking to stay closer to Edinburgh, both Cramond and Portobello play host to some stunning coastlines and are definitely worth a visit.

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