Six of The Best Edinburgh Attractions
Edinburgh is an enchanting city rich in history and heritage. Hardly surprising, then, that millions of visitors head to the Scottish capital each year, for a stay in one the many Edinburgh hotels to enjoy the atmosphere and sites of Scotlands capital city.
Which attractions are worth visiting? Read on for inspiration and its worth noting that most are within walking distance from central accommodation, such as Jurys Inn Edinburgh.
A trip to Edinburgh is not complete without heading up to Edinburgh Castle. It’s never far from sight no matter where you are in the city and the imposing fortress dominates the skyline. There’s a free tour if you’re watching the pennies and be sure to also check out the gun salute, which takes place most days at 1pm.
Like Edinburgh Castle, Nelson’s Monument will make an instant impact when you first catch a glimpse of it, especially if you arrive in the city at Edinburgh Waverley train station. It was built to commemorate Admiral Horatio Nelson and you can climb the 217 steps to take in the view from the top of the towering column.
The last thing you’d probably expect to find in a major European city is a dormant volcano, but that’s precisely what Arthur’s Seat is. In fact, it’s the only example of this in the boundaries of a city in the world. Arthur’s Seat is the main peak of a group of hills in close proximity to the centre of Edinburgh and makes for a bracing walk if you want to escape the crowds.
National Museums Scotland
A five minute walk away from Nelson’s Monument and sitting in the shadows of Edinburgh Castle is National Museums Scotland. This currently comprises five museums – National Museum of Scotland, National War Museum, National Museum of Rural Life, National Museum of Flight and National Museums Collection Centre – and gives a fascinating insight into Scotland. The designers behind the £47million revamp of the National Museum of Scotland recently scooped a prestigious architecture award in the country.
One of the best views of the city can be found by making your way up to Edinburgh’s Royal Observatory – and that’s before you start doing a bit of star gazing. Learn all about the solar system and attend one of the many lectures that take place here.
The Royal Mile
The Royal Mile is one of the busiest cities in the city and forms an integral part of the charming Old Town, where you’ll find an array of inviting pubs, restaurants and shops. Take the time to walk The Royal Mile for its imposing architecture or simply watch the world go by in one of the many cafes serving up tasty treats and local delicacies – go fot it, and try out the haggis and stovied tatties!