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The Authentic Edinburgh Travel Guide (3 Days)

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Edinburgh is a truly cosmopolitan City that has something for everyone. The City is relatively small, so it is easy to get around and see a lot in a few days. As an experienced Traveller, who originates from Edinburgh, I will provide you with an insight into the real Edinburgh and direct you too a whole host of different experiences that will leave you thrilled by your journey.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

27 Places

4 City Tips

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27 Places

Day 1

Edinburgh Castle

Castles

St. Margaret's Chapel

Sacred & Religious Sites

National War Museum of Scotland

History Museums, Military Museums

St Giles' Cathedral

Churches & Cathedrals

The Scotch Whisky Experience

Distilleries

Royal Mile

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Greyfriars Bobby

Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Garfunkel's

Restaurants

Patisserie Valerie Northbridge

Restaurants

Deacon Brodie's Tavern

Bars & Clubs

The Fiddlers Arms

Restaurants

Edinburgh Old Town

Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods

Day 2

The Balmoral Bar

Restaurants

Tigerlily Restaurant & Bar

Restaurants

Princes Street Gardens

Gardens, Parks

Scottish National Gallery

Art Museums

Caffe Centro

Restaurants

Princes Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Scott Monument

Monuments & Statues

New Town

Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Art Galleries, Gardens, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Day 3

The Scottish Parliament

Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Historic Sites

Portobello Beach

Beaches

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites, Castles

Holyrood Park

Castles, Parks

Arthur's Seat

Geologic Formations

Hawes Inn Restaurant

Restaurants

JamzyW's City Tips

  • If you are Fit enough, Walk, there is a lot too see by foot!
  • Tipping is not a big deal here, but 10% will always be a welcome gratuity
  • A Day-Pass can be purchased for all Public Transport in the city (including the Tram)for £3.50
  • I have listed my 3 days, as 1. the Old Town, 2, the New Town, 3, Places that require a bit more time to get too
    Day 1
  • Edinburgh Castle
    Castles
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    JamzyW Says:

    This is the No.1 Toursit Attraction in Scotland for a reason - It has so much to see & do and is a must for anyone visiting Edinburgh. iT is the no1 tourist attraction in Scotland for a reason. (The Castle also includes my next 2 suggestions) - So, you will see them all for the one entry price.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • If your planning a Longer Stay in Scotland, joinnig Historic Scotland might save you a lot of money in visiting Castles / Palaces etc.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 395 things to do in Edinburgh
    • Interesting but busy 18/10/2018
    • Fabulous Views 18/10/2018
    • Edinburgh Castle
    Address:
    Castlehill
    Edinburgh EH1 2NG
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 668 8956
    Price range:
    US$32 - US$32
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • St. Margaret's Chapel
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    JamzyW Says:

    Small Ancient Chapel location High up within Edinburgh Castle - Worth Visting as it is include in your Edinburgh castle Ticket & it's age, and serenity is worth experiencing.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • It can be crowded in the castle, but strangely this is often missed on a trip to the castle, even so come early in the day if possible.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #86 of 395 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Oldest section of Edinburgh Castle 24/09/2018
    • Oldest Castle Building - Simplicity Defined 13/09/2018
    • St. Margaret's Chapel
    Other:
  • National War Museum of Scotland
    History Museums, Military Museums
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    JamzyW Says:

    This Museum is housed within Edinburgh Castle so worth while entering as it's included in your Castle entry fee - If you are from the UK, or a Commonwealth Country it is worth having a look through the books of those who have fallen, for your relatives. A quiet place, with an air of reflection, it is worthy of experiencing.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Quiet Please - This is a Place for Reflection as well as looking around
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 395 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • It is in Edinburgh Castle 13/10/2018
    • Great Museum 07/10/2018
    • National War Museum of Scotland
    Address:
    Edinburgh Castle Castle Hill
    Edinburgh Castle
    Edinburgh EH1 2NG
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 300 123 6789
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
    Other:
  • St Giles' Cathedral
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    JamzyW Says:

    This Cathedral has so much History, yet when you enter you will feel at ease, and a peaceful air will come over you. There are some amazing stained glass windows reflecting many Biblical stories - The architecture is incredible too!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Don't be shy to walk in, the Doors are facing the castle Direction - No fee!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 395 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A cathedral for Scotland's knights/heroes 18/10/2018
    • Beautiful 18/10/2018
    • St Giles' Cathedral
    Address:
    High Street
    Historic Royal Mile
    Edinburgh EH1 1RE
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 226 0674
    Hours:
    Sun
    1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Mon - Fri
    9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • The Scotch Whisky Experience
    Distilleries
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    JamzyW Says:

    An amazing Introduction to Whisky, and a Whisky Collection that is staggeringly huge! A great discussion/tour which may be your first steps into the world of Scotch Whisky.

    Good for
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • For those who don't like whisky - be sure to pass your tasting to a friend who does appreciation Whisky!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 395 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Whiskey lovers 18/10/2018
    • Absolutely AMAZING Experience!! 17/10/2018
    • The Scotch Whisky Experience
    Address:
    354 Castlehill
    Edinburgh EH1 2NE
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 220 0441
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Royal Mile
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    JamzyW Says:

    The Spine of the Old Town of Edinburgh - The Royal Mile runs from Holyrood Palace to Edinburgh Castle. It is a bustling road to walk down, part pedestrianized, and well worth wondering down this old cobbled street that is so full of character. Cafes/Restaurants abound, as well as shops full of Scottish Tourism's Souvenirs. Take your time and enjoy! During the festival this place has many street entertainers, all free!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • This is a steep road, if infirm or elderly - get a taxi to the Castle esplanade then walk down the street, it is far easier than the trek up believe me.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 395 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Repetitive shops 18/10/2018
    • Vibrant and busy 18/10/2018
    • Royal Mile
    Address:
    Royal Mile
    Edinburgh EH1 2PB
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 510 7555
    Price range:
    US$17 - US$17
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Greyfriars Bobby
    Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    JamzyW Says:

    The Statue of a Famous little Dog, whose devotion to his master brought him to his Master's grave everyday, and into the hearts of all edinburgh residents forever more. It's small, but worth walking 150yards from the Royal Mile to see this statue, at least for a few photos. If you have kids they will lvoe this little dog.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • It's small - Be prepared for a lot of people taking photos!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #61 of 395 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Small Statue 12/10/2018
    • Our favorite statue 08/10/2018
    • Greyfriars Bobby
    Address:
    Candlemaker Row
    Edinburgh EH1 2QE
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 510 7555
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
    Other:
  • Garfunkel's
    Restaurants (American, British)
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    JamzyW Says:

    If you want a little lunch after your visit to the Castle, and your walk down the Royal Mile, for a very nice place to stop for a light lunch this place is ideal. But, do not go into the main restaurant, look next door where it says - The Coffee House, of Garfunkels - Head in here, for lovely Coffee / Cake / Sandwiches & baguettes at very reasonable prices. I have listed a variety of places to eat, depending on your tastes, and the locations are based around the tourist attractions listed. This is the 1st of 8 eating & drinking options.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Head upstairs to sit, and try to get a table over-looking the Royal Mile, so you can people watch while eating lunch.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Get the Breakfast 27/04/2016
    • visit this place for breakfast every time i come to Edinburgh 25/02/2016
    • Garfunkel's
    Address:
    130 High Street
    Edinburgh
    Edinburgh EH1 1QS
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 220 4445
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Patisserie Valerie Northbridge
    Restaurants (Cafe, European)
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    JamzyW Says:

    A Beautiful Patisserie, which you can visit during your walk down the Royal Mile - If indulgent cakes, and pastries are your thing, then you will love this artisans delight. I have listed a variety of places to eat, depending on your tastes, and the locations are based around the tourist attractions listed. This is the 2nd of 8 eating & drinking options..

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Walk to the rear and take a table, it often has a bottle necks of people at the counter.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #527 of 2,079 restaurants in Edinburgh
    • Amazing Macaroons 15/10/2018
    • No feel good factor 14/10/2018
    • Patisserie Valerie Northbridge
    Address:
    25 North Bridge
    Edinburgh EH1 1SB
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 557 1533
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun
    8:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    Mon - Sat
    8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Deacon Brodie's Tavern
    Bars & Clubs
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    JamzyW Says:

    Deacon Brodie's is a great place to sample Scottish Cuisine & Scottish Ales, if you want to try 'Our' cuisine. It is on your walk down the Royal Mile on the left, and it is worth a visit if you want a more substantial Lunch, or dinner. I have listed a variety of places to eat, depending on your tastes, and the locations are based around the tourist attractions listed. This is the 3rd of 8 eating & drinking options..

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Plenty Seating Upstairs - Don't be fooled by the busy downstairs area.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 217 Nightlife in Edinburgh
    • A Old Edinburgh Pub 12/10/2018
    • Great pub 09/10/2018
    • Deacon Brodie's Tavern
    Address:
    435 Lawnmarket
    Edinburgh EH1 2NT
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 225 6531
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
    Other:
  • The Fiddlers Arms
    Restaurants (Bar, British, Pub, Scottish)
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    JamzyW Says:

    This takes a 5 minute walk from the Royal Mile to this place. It is very well laid out, it serves very nice food, and many scottish choices but a bit more refined than others in this area of the grassmarket. I have listed a variety of places to eat, depending on your tastes, and the locations are based around the tourist attractions listed. This is the 4th of 8 eating & drinking options.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • If this place is for you, take the steps immediately to the right of the castle esplanade for a short cut.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #495 of 2,079 restaurants in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Bar Offering wide range of drink and fabulous food 16/10/2018
    • Great breakfast 14/10/2018
    • The Fiddlers Arms
    Address:
    11-13 Grassmarket
    Edinburgh EH1 2HY
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 229 0327
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
    Other:
  • Edinburgh Old Town
    Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
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    JamzyW Says:

    This area is the Original Edinburgh, which has many lanes, and streets leading of in all directions from the Royal Mile, do not be afraid to explore it is a lovely area to walk around and safe generally. Much to see and explore in this part of town.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Give yourself some time to walk around and explore, don't be afraid Edinburgh is a safe city.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 395 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stayed in the Old Town. 18/10/2018
    • A delightful area in which to stay 18/10/2018
    • Edinburgh Old Town
    Address:
    Old town
    Edinburgh EH1
    Scotland
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • The Balmoral Bar
    Restaurants
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    JamzyW Says:

    The Balmoral Hotel is one of the more expensive hotels in Edinburgh - However, the Balmoral Bar is actually very reasonably priced for drinks / snacks etc - It's convenient location at the end of Princes Street is well placed for most activities, it is also nice for a time-out, as it's pleasant surroundings and peaceful ambience are a welcome break during any tour of the city. I have listed a variety of places to eat, depending on your tastes, and the locations are based around the tourist attractions listed. This is the 5th of 8 eating & drinking options.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Go in the door to the left of the Main Hotel door, and it's table service, so take a seat and wait for your service arriving.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Comfy area 02/04/2018
    • Coffee & Cake 09/02/2018
    • The Balmoral Bar
    Address:
    1 Princes Street
    The Balmoral Hotel
    Edinburgh EH2 2EQ
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 524 7099
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
    Other:
  • Tigerlily Restaurant & Bar
    Restaurants (Fusion)
    JamzyW Says:

    A very nice and upmarket Cocktail Bar. Can be costly, but the drinks served are worth the wait, and use premium ingredients. Can be busy at the weekend, but never bustling due to the more adult crowd in this place. Food is nice and well crafted - Costly, but if yout on holiday, it may be worth your while trying this place out. I have listed a variety of places to eat, depending on your tastes, and the locations are based around the tourist attractions listed. This is the 6th of 8 eating & drinking options.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Friday Nights, there are reduced priced cocktails, which are well worth it.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #485 of 2,079 restaurants in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Family and friends for daughters 21st Birthday 15/10/2018
    • Fantastic and stylish 10/10/2018
    • Tigerlily Restaurant & Bar
    Address:
    125 George Street
    Edinburgh EH2 4JN
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 225 5005
    Price range:
    US$51 - US$205
    Other:
  • Princes Street Gardens
    Gardens, Parks
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    JamzyW Says:

    These Gardens are a real Jewel in Edinburgh. When the weather is approriately warm head across Princes Street and into the gardens, for a stroll, a sit on a bench to watch the world go by, or even an ice-cream. These gardens are where the locals go as you will see. Despite it's busy nature, walk away from the crowds as there are many hidden spots where you can relax on your own if you so wish.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a path, that leads over the railline, if you follow it to the right up under the castle rock, it leads you to the castle esplanade. It's steep so take that into account.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 395 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely Walk 18/10/2018
    • Beautiful 18/10/2018
    • Princes Street Gardens
    Address:
    Princes Street
    Edinburgh EH2 4BA
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 529 7921
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
    Other:
  • Scottish National Gallery
    Art Museums
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    JamzyW Says:

    The National Gallery is an awesome place to spend some time, so long as your interested in Art. Although if the weather is bad, this is a nice place to retreat too. Plenty too see, from all various centuries. It's free to enter although donations are welcome.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • If it's raining, and your not sure what to do - head here - you'll love it.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 395 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Such an amazing atmosphere 17/10/2018
    • Another stunning Edinburgh building 17/10/2018
    • Scottish National Gallery
    Address:
    The Mound
    Edinburgh EH2 2EL
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 624 6200
    Hours:
    Thu
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Fri - Wed
    10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Caffe Centro
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    JamzyW Says:

    Italian food served here, by Italians. Large portions which will fill up the hungriest of travellers, but real quality products also. The staff are all nice and friendly, and the prices are very reasonable for it's location and in fact - for those light eaters, a lot of dishes can be shared as they are big. This is the 7th of 8 eating & drinking options.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • After eating, head downstairs to Madogs for a few cocktails, it's a great place for a few drinks.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #490 of 2,079 restaurants in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great food, great service! 18/10/2018
    • Great food, fair price, brilliant service 17/10/2018
    • Caffe Centro
    Address:
    38 George Street
    Edinburgh EH2 2LE
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 225 3419
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Princes Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    JamzyW Says:

    The Real Centre of Edinburgh, everything else either revolves around this street or leads to it, one way or another. For shopping, architecture, food, drinks, tourist, arts, gardens - this is the one street you will see on many occasions throughout your visit. It's also free, no cost to walk along the street and admire the views.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • If your not shopping, walk along the opposite side of the road from the buildings- there are far better views of the castle and it is less busy.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #73 of 395 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great shopping 09/10/2018
    • Boring shopping 02/10/2018
    • Princes Street
    Address:
    53 Princes Street
    Edinburgh EH2 2DG
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 510 7575
    Other:
  • Scott Monument
    Monuments & Statues
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    JamzyW Says:

    Huge Momument situation between Princes street, and Princes street gardens - Hard to miss! - If your not scared of Heights, and hae a bit of energy it's worth the long walk up the steps to get some amazing viewes over the centre of Edinburgh.

    Good for
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Go early in day, or late as its busy! Also, it is rather cramped, and exposed at the top so, if any issues with Vertigo or claustrophia avoid this one.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 395 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A visit to Edinburgh 18/10/2018
    • Nice surprise 13/10/2018
    • Scott Monument
    Address:
    Princes Street
    Edinburgh EH2 2EJ
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 529 4068
    Other:
  • New Town
    Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
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    JamzyW Says:

    The New Town is a wonderful area to walk around and expore. The main streets of Princes street & George street are not the only streets worth seeing, a lot of little lanes, and quieter streets are within 5minuts of walking in this vicinity. Lots of lovely architecture, and also Plenty restaurants, and bars, and cafes... and even a few hidden gardens etc for relaxation.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Don't go north of Queen Street after dark, as you may get lost, as it turns into a maze beyond Queen street very quickly.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 395 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • New Town 16/10/2018
    • Walking in the New Town 15/10/2018
    • New Town
    Other:
  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
    Art Galleries, Gardens, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    JamzyW Says:

    These Gardens are amazing for anyone interested in gardens / flowers - The total area of these gardens are very big. Within the giant green houses there are areas which have different habitats in seperate rooms and at different temperatures so that you experience what grows in various parts of the world, and the habitats that they grow in. This is a gem of a place, where you can stroll around enjoying nature at its best.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you like walking, Walk down to the Gardens, but get bus or taxi back up.. As its uphill all the way on return :)
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 395 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wow 17/10/2018
    • Beautiful relaxing Autumnal stroll 16/10/2018
    • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
    Address:
    20 Inverleith Row
    Edinburgh EH3 5LR
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 552 7171
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • The Scottish Parliament
    Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Historic Sites
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    JamzyW Says:

    The Scottish Parliament might not be everyone's idea of a Tourist attraction - certainly not the Politicians who frequent this place - but the building itself is well worth having a look. From above, you will see a model of how it looks like upturned boats, in an old ship yard, perhaps a throw back to scotlands maritime history. But, the debating chamber is impressive, and there is a nice cafe also in the building. It is also right opposite Holyrood Palace, so if you have ventured down the Royal Mile, and you have the time visit both.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Check when debating times are on, and if it interests you sit quietly and listen to the Politicians trying to run a country.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #68 of 395 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • weird looking building 17/10/2018
    • A Design Travesty 14/10/2018
    • The Scottish Parliament
    Address:
    Horse Wynd / Canongate, Royal MIle
    Edinburgh EH99 1SP
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 348 5200
    Hours:
    Mon
    10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Tue - Thu
    9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Portobello Beach
    Beaches
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    JamzyW Says:

    Portobello Beach does take a bit of effort to get too, but it is a very impressive and clean beach - worht the effort if you enjoy the beach and its a hot day. There are plenty cafes etc within a very close area, Portobello High street with plenty cafes / delis is only 100metres from the beach and generally where the transport brings you to and from the city centre.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Pick a sunny day, and if possible go during the week to get a quiet time on the beach.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 395 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dog heaven 07/10/2018
    • Edinburgh's chilly beach 24/09/2018
    • Portobello Beach
    Address:
    Promenade
    We Like To Come And Spend The whole Day There
    Edinburgh EH15 2DX
    Scotland
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites, Castles
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    JamzyW Says:

    Holyrood palace is really worth a visit in Edinburgh if you have the time. The buidings architecture is amazing, and the gardens are also beautiful and well looked after. Also if you are interested in History, this place is awesome with so much to see and to learn about, a real insight into royal life.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Head here mid week to avoid crowds if possible, go on a tour to learn a lot.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 395 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Canaletto exhibition plus visit to Palace 17/10/2018
    • THE gates and doors - oh my! 17/10/2018
    • Palace of Holyroodhouse
    Phone:
    +44 303 123 7324
    Other:
  • Holyrood Park
    Castles, Parks
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    JamzyW Says:

    This Park is lovely, and has so many areas you can walk around and enjoy some time in the fresh air. In summer months there is often an Ice-cream van for those who enjoy that. The park is large, and has walks for all abilities. This is a place full of locals, and tourists alike.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If your visiting the palace or the parliament incorporate a walk around this park if the weather is suitable.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 395 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Place to walk 17/10/2018
    • Whew! 16/10/2018
    • Holyrood Park
    Address:
    1 Holyrood Park
    Edinburgh EH16 5BT
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 510 7555
    Other:
  • Arthur's Seat
    Geologic Formations
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    JamzyW Says:

    Arthur seat looks over Edinburgh, and is not anymore than a 90minute walk from Princes Street to the top if you know your way and have a degree of fitness. For the effort you will be rewarded with great views over Edinburgh, and the Firth of Forth. If you don't want to walk all the way, take a bus to Holyrood Park, and your wall will be 45mins to the top maximum.

    Good for
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This place is busy, so head there early to avoid a hill top swarming with people at times.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 395 things to do in Edinburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing view 18/10/2018
    • Breathtaking ..... literally !! 18/10/2018
    • Arthur's Seat
    Address:
    Queen's Drive
    Edinburgh EH8 8HG
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 510 7555
    Other:
  • Hawes Inn Restaurant
    Restaurants (Bar, European, British, Pub, Scottish)
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    JamzyW Says:

    A nice, clean and friendly restaurant with great food and drinks, plus the bonus of its location adjacent to the Forth Rail & Road Bridge - you can have a walk around the water front, take some photos of the 2 existing bridges, and also watch the 3rd bridge rising through its construction until completion in 2016. - Once you have taken your photos etc, head to the Hawes a pub with great history, and a history that goes from Robert Louis Stevenson, to the Battle of Britain. This is the 8th of 8 eating & drinking options.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Buses can be taken from Princes street to South Queensferry, or a train ride to Dalmeny, and a walk down here.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 34 restaurants in South Queensferry
    • Lovely little Jaunt out. 16/10/2018
    • Monday lunch 15/10/2018
    • Hawes Inn Restaurant
    Address:
    7 Newhalls Road
    South Queensferry, Edinburgh EH30 9TA
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 131 331 1990
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    Mon - Fri
    12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Other:
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