Back in January, me and my boyfriend took a trip to Edinburgh. We took the train early in the morning and left late the following day. We stayed in a really good hotel at a budget price and had the best time. In this post, I’m going to be showing you the best things to see when visiting Edinburgh and I’m also going to be telling you where we stayed.
For a little bit of background, we took a train from Stoke-on-Trent to Edinburgh which took around 4 hours and had two changes. In my opinion, I didn’t think this was to bad. Edinburgh has been a place on my bucket list for the longest time so I am so happy we finally got to visit, it definitely did not disappoint.
Calton Hill, Edinburgh EH7 5AA
One of the first places we went to when we arrived in Edinburgh was Calton Hill, this was very recommended when I was looking for things to do in Edinburgh. We came up here multiple times on our trip just because the view is beautiful. I am a sucker for a good view point so I’d highly recommend coming up here and taking in the view for yourself. It is a very short walk from the centre and it very easy to find.
Arthur’s seat, Edinburgh EH8 8AZ
If you only do one thing while you are in Edinburgh, Arthur’s seat is the number one thing to do. I’d say this is a fairly easy hike and I don’t think you need to have experience to complete this. The views from the top were amazing and it was definitely worth the walk. Just an FYI, wear comfortable shoes, this will make the walk so much easier. I’d also recommend bringing some food on the walk and have a picnic at the top, there are worse views you could eat a picnic in front of.
Edinburgh castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG
Another highly recommended place to visit was Edinburgh castle. We didn’t actually go in, however, we did go up to it and there was another beautiful view from the top. If you are planning a trip to Edinburgh and want to go in the castle, I’d recommend you booking your tickets online as it is so much cheaper. The online prices are £17.50 for adults, £14 for concessions and £10.50 for a child. You can purchase tickets through this link.
Edinburgh Old Town
Edinburgh old town is on the way to Edinburgh castle and it is both beautiful in the day and at night. This is definitely the place to go if you want to learn about Scotland culture. There are so many bars and independent shops that I’d really recommend. This is also the place where the Royal Mile is. It does get very lively in the evening so if you are there for a couple days, I’d recommend going to Edinburgh old town in the evening.
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1JF
Another thing that was highly recommended to visit was the National Museum of Scotland. This was such a beautiful museum and I loved visiting here. I’m also a massive fan of the artist Vincent Van Gogh and they had some of his art displayed which I found really cool. It is also free entry so you can’t really pass that up.
St Giles Cathedral, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RE
I can’t go to a new city if I don’t visit their cathedral. This cathedral is beautiful and I’d highly recommend giving this one a visit. The cathedral is a walk on the way up to the castle so I’d highly recommend giving this a visit when you are on your way.
Where did I stay?
I thought I’d also let you know where we stayed while we were in Edinburgh as we stayed in a really budget friendly hotel. We stayed in a very central location, we stayed in a Travelodge Edinburgh Central Princes street and it was only £28 a night which is so good for a central location. Here is a link if you are looking for a hotel.
They are my top recommendations for visiting Edinburgh. I really hope you find this post helpful and have found some new things to add to your list.
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