5 things not to miss in… Edinburgh

5 things not to miss in… Edinburgh

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Scotland’s capital city is a diverse mix of old and new with striking architecture reinforcing its history, the two contrasting areas of Edinburgh, medieval old town and neoclassical new town lead to it being listed as a World Heritage Site in 1995.

There is a vast array of things to do in Edinburgh including a fantastic selection of shops from high street favourites to hidden away boutiques and vintage gems. The selection of restaurants is just as varied with options to suit all budgets and restaurants owned by some of Scotland’s finest chef’s offering traditional Scottish food including the finest local seafood, game and beef.

If you’re visiting Edinburgh you’ll find there is more than enough to fill your time with, Edinburgh is home to many historical and cultural attractions with plenty of options to keep the whole family happy.

Edinburgh Castle
No visit to Edinburgh would be complete without a visit to Edinburgh Castle, the city’s most famous historical landmark. There are many displays and museums located within the castle so it is best to allow yourself a few hours to explore it properly. The main highlight is the Honours of Scotland, the nation’s crown jewels and Stone of Destiny, used in coronation ceremonies for centuries. As well as all the historic features the castle also offers fantastic views over the entire city with lots of great spots for taking photos. If visiting Edinburgh Castle make sure not to miss the firing of The One O’Clock gun, a daily tradition lead by the master gunner.

Edinburgh Zoo
Another highlight is Edinburgh Zoo, the Zoo is home to an extensive animal collection including its most famous residents Tian Tian and Yang Guang, the UK’s only Giant Pandas. As well as the Panda’s there are many other exciting species to see and the Zoo also houses the only Koalas in the UK.

Our Dynamic Earth
Our Dynamic Earth is a great choice of attraction if visiting Edinburgh with children as it communicates educational messages in a fun and engaging way. The attraction takes visitors on a journey through our planet exploring past, present and future; you begin your journey by boarding a time machine which will take you back to the beginning of Planet Earth where you can walk on the newly formed landscape. You can even visit a rainforest where it actually rains!

The Real Mary King’s Close
If you enjoy really unique attractions how about a visit to The Real Mary King’s Close? Buried underneath Edinburgh’s royal mile Mary Kings Close has been underground since the 17th century and looks exactly the same as it did when it was closed off. There is a great selection of character guides to show you around the close including the maid, the merchant or even Mary King’s daughter who will tell you the real reason why the close was separated from the rest of the city. Be sure to keep an eye out for ghosts though as the close is said to be haunted.

Edinburgh Dungeons
A history lesson with a difference, Edinburgh Dungeons takes you on a tour through Scotland’s gruesome history. You come face to face with many scary characters; try to escape the lair of cannibal Sawney Bean and experience a graveyard encounter with the famous Edinburgh body snatchers Burke and Hare.

If you’d like to visit Edinburgh it’s a great idea to plan your trip around some of the events that Edinburgh is famed for. The military tattoo takes place every August and is always a very popular event with a great atmosphere.

Hogmanay is another popular time for visiting Edinburgh; bring in the New Year with a fantastic firework display against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. You can fly to Edinburgh from Southampton Airport multiple times a day, book hotels and flights on our website.