What to do in a Weekend in Edinburgh

As capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh is steeped in history and is a wonderful place to walk around in with great architecture, small alleys to explore, and a number of interesting tourists sights to check out. Capitals are notoriously expensive so be sure to stock up on the wealth of net voucher codes before you have the pleasure of visiting bonny Scotland! :)

So much of the history of the city can be seen throughout in its various buildings, but the city itself has always has strong links with law, government, and royalty within Scotland. It became the focus of the reformation in Scotland in the sixteenth century and even during the English civil war it was captured by Cromwell so it is fair to say that the history of the city is one of uprisings, debate, and battles, and this will undoubtedly crop up in the things you do.

How can I get a sense of what there is to see?

Edinburgh has a great tourist bus that is certainly worth going on when you first arrive in the city. This will take you to all of the main places of interest, and it is relatively inexpensive, but will give you a good idea of what you might be interested in checking out later.

Is Edinburgh Castle worth visiting?

Edinburgh Castle

Undoubtedly so, and the minute you arrive in the middle of the city you cannot fail to spot the castle as looks down from its viewpoint over the city. The place just oozes history from the moment you walk up the last part of the Royal Mile to the castle, to when you see the stone of destiny, which is a major national symbol for Scotland, to even checking out how the city of Edinburgh tells the time. A little hint, be near the cannons for 1pm.

What about the Royal Mile that was just mentioned?

The Royal Mile

This is the term that has been given to an extremely popular, and historical, street in the city. It is called the Royal Mile as the mile is the distance between the castle at one end and Holyrood Abbey at the other. Do take a stroll along it as you will pass places such as the old Parliament House, where the Scots held their parliament until it was dissolved in 1707, as well as St Giles Cathedral which is certainly also worth exploring. Just by walking along this street you will pick up so much about the old history of the city.

Apart from the castle, what other things connected to royalty are there?

There are two main places of interest should you want to find out more about the role royalty plays in the city. The first is the palace of Holyrood, at the end of the Royal Mile, and this is the official residence of the Queen when in Scotland. The other is the former royal yacht Britannia which is now permanently docked in the Leith area. Tours are available for both and they are worth going on, especially if you are a history buff.

How about the nightlife?

Edinburgh has some very swanky watering holes!

Edinburgh has a good selection of bars and restaurants scattered across the city but consider heading to either George Street, Lothian Road, or the Grassmarket. Consider picking up a copy of  the List from a newsagent as this will detail any shows running at the various theatres to keep you entertained well into the night. Stock up on travel coupons before you leave, to help with your beer fund ;)

Those are just a few things as to what to do in a weekend in Edinburgh but there are so many that have not been included. You will find something no matter your age, sex, preferences, with or without a family but one thing is for sure, you will not see everything the city has to offer in just a single weekend.

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4 Responses to “What to do in a Weekend in Edinburgh”

  1. Steph
    May 25, 2012 at 3:05 am #

    The Royal Mile is a really cool place. The Pub at the End of the Universe is really cute!

  2. Lance
    May 25, 2012 at 3:06 am #

    I have heard the Edinborough castle is a flop and not worth the money to see it. Truth?

  3. Joe
    May 25, 2012 at 3:07 am #

    Don’t miss the changing of the guard!

  4. Megan
    May 25, 2012 at 3:08 am #

    That bar looks awesome! I want a drink.

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