Things To Do In Edinburgh
Why We Love Edinburgh
One of the UK's best-dressed cities, Edinburgh is a hub for great designs, fashion and architecture.
Three Michelin starred restaurants to funky street food and famous bars, Edinburgh has it all!
Thanks to the giant comedy festival and many comedy venues, Edinburgh is a city that loves to laugh.
How To Get Around Edinburgh
As well as the bus and tram system, Edinburgh has an international airport. Grab a citysmart travel card for all public transport.
The tram system comprises of 15 stops connecting Edinburgh Airport through to New Town. Relatively new, it's quick, easy and efficient.
The city centre is relatively small and easy to navigate on foot (lots of steps!) so making the most of things to do in Edinburgh is a doddle.
Things To Do In Edinburgh At Night
Laugh! The city has grown up on a culture of great comedy, tall stories, and ridiculous tales. Top comedians come each year to weave their magic and the city now has a number of live venues. If you're looking for a real challenge and different things to do in Edinburgh at night, you can do 'the mile'. This is the walk along the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle, stretching down to Holyrood Palace, stopping at the occasional pub along the way (there are dozens of them!) to enjoy a drink. And not forgetting, every New Year's Eve, Edinburgh throws one of the world's best parties!
To Do List
Things to Do In Edinburgh
- Whiskey Tour - Arguably Scotland's finest gift to the world, this amazing tour has a ride, samplings, funky facts and more.
- Haggis - If you or any of your party are from south of the border then Edinburgh is the perfect place for any haggis virgins to sample it.
- Invent Something - Edinburgh and Scotland has given us some incredible inventions: Penicillin, golf, microwaves, radar, why not invent something yourself?
- Potter Tour - JK Rowling wrote the first books while living in the city which helped shape the world Harry and his friends lived in.
- Edinburgh Castle - Dominating the skyline, packed with amazing items and facts and one of our favourite things to do in Edinburgh.
- Mary Kings Close - A city under the city, this area that was walled off and built over dates back to the 1630s and contains entire streets, shops and homes.
- Arthur's Seat - An extinct volcano and the highest point in Edinburgh, the views are spectacular and this is one not to be missed.
- Edinburgh Zoo - As well as playing a vital role in world conservation, it's home to over 1,000 animals. Lions, tigers and bears, oh my!
- Edinburgh Dungeon - Brilliant, terrifying and also hilarious, this is a look at Edinburgh's dark and often gruesome history.
3 Weird Edinburgh Facts
- Among some of the amazing inventions to come from Edinburgh are the flushing toilet, McVities digestives, toasters, overdrafts.
- Edinburgh Zoo has a penguin that was knighted by the Queen and holds the rank of Brigadier.
- Rose Street was actually once red, well a red light district to be exact, today though it's full of pubs and shops.
Best Bits of Edinburgh
Stockbridge - Artisan shops, hipster coffee hangouts, curiosity and bookshops, Stockbridge is where the cool kids hang out.
Old Town - Packed with the city's oldest buildings and many sights Harry Potter fans will love including the Elephant House Café.
New Town - The city's biggest shopping streets, high street stores and designer boutiques are all located in New Town.
Dean Village - Step back in time in an area lined with cobbled streets, old cottages, stunning townhouses and more.
Leith - Celebrated in the songs of The Proclaimers, the former dockyard is now uber-trendy with great bars and restaurants.
The Meadows - Just like its name, this hip part of the city has a village feel and some top class cafes and eateries.