The charming Scottish capital, Edinburgh is a great place to visit for a weekend break. Easy to navigate and with plenty to see, the city, known for it’s Harry Potter roots, is historical, arty, and surprisingly, chilled out.
Here’s what you can get up to in this fantastic must-visit destination in the UK.
How To Get Around
From the train station – The Waverley train station is Edinburgh’s main train station, which is located in the heart of the city centre. You can easily walk to your hotel or tourist spots from here, or simply jump in a taxi.
Around the city – Walking is the best way to get around to see all the sites and soak up the relaxed and quirky vibe of the city. If walking is not your thing, trams and buses are easily available for you to jump on.
Where to Stay
Eden Locke – A design-led and lifestyle-luxe Edinburgh aparthotel, is perfect for both weekend trips and long-haul stays. The renovated Georgian-listed building is a fabulous destination for locals and travellers to sleep, eat, drink and play. Read the Eden Locke review, here
Old Town Chambers – Luxury, stylish and contemporary serviced apartments, located in the heart of Edinburgh town. Coming in all shapes and sizes, the apartments can fit from one to six people.
Where to Eat & Drink
Queens Arms – For a classic and delicious English pub meal.
Devil’s Advocate – A cool side street cocktail bar, where you can enjoy yummy cocktails in a cosy and romantic environment!
The Pantry – Head here for a fresh and healthy brunch/lunch in Stockbridge.
Hyde & Son – Their croissants, cakes and donuts ARE TO DIE FOR! They also have great cocktails too.
The Bon Vivant – For a charming, yet slightly more pricey, French-styled meal.
Thomas J Walls Coffee – A cute little cafe in the city centre, perfect to stop at for brunch, lunch or coffee and cake.
Epicurean – A luxe and ultra stylish cocktail bar at the Royal Mile Hotel.
What To Do & Where To Go
National Museum of Scotland – A huge museum with everything from history of Edinburgh, to sciencey things to even fashion. It has such a gorgeous interior too, so it’s beautiful just to go in for a peek inside.
Arthur’s Seat – A long walk, but get up to the top and you see beautiful scenic views of the city.
Edinburgh Gin Distillery – Tour the gin distillery, have a gin tasting experience, or learn how to make gin. Make sure you book ahead.
Price: Starts at £10 depending on what experience you choose.
Dean Village – Walk along the Water of Leith to get to this gorgeously historial little village.
Royal Mile – The heart of Edinburgh. Take a walk down the mile to embrace the beautiful architecture and spot the Edinburgh Castle.
Edinburgh Castle – A historic fortress and Edinburgh’s famous castle. Walk up the hill to Castle Rock to see gorgeous panoramic views of the city. Head inside for a historical journey through the castle’s walls and feel like you’ve been transported into a scene Harry Potter.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art – Home to Scotland’s collection of contemporary and modern art.
Victoria Street – A beautiful curved street, which looks almost exactly like Diagon Alley in Harry Potter. Talk a walk down here and pop into the stores filled with Harry Potter goodies.
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