A City Under a City, Mary’s King’s Close Museum
This one can be very easy to miss, seeing as it’s underground!
Right off the Royal Mile, The Real Mary King’s Close is an eery step back in time to a city under a city! Experience over 400 years of history where you’ll discover streets frozen in time, stories from your character guide and a bucketload of myths and legends.
And once you’re done, you can enjoy a delicious coffee and ice cream in nearby The Royal Exchange Coffee house.
Discover Art & History at the Palace of Holyroodhouse
At one end of the Royal Mile is the King’s official residence when in Scotland – the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Absolutely captivating, you’ll feel like a right royal fly on the wall with some of the incredible history and art associated with the palace. There’s:
- Mary, Queen of Scots
- Bonnie Prince Charlie
- State apartments
- Palace Gardens
- The Great Gallery
- The Throne Room
- And a vast collection of treasures and artwork
Check out more here.
Nature at Its Finest at Holyrood Park – a Green Gem in the City!
Straight outside of our monarch’s Scottish home away from home, you can step away from the hustle and bustle of city life by exploring the beautiful and calm, Holyrood Park!
You’ll find Salisbury Crags, 2000-year-old forts, the medieval St Anthony’s Chapel, and the ancient volcano, Arthur’s Seat – which gives incredible views of the city.
The park is also full of a diverse range of flora and birdlife, with Duddingston Loch a freshwater loch with a vast array of our flying friends that you can see.
Expect a chilled out, green zone where you can take loads of stunning photos.
A Citywide View of Edinburgh from Calton Hill
Visited Holyrood Park and, amazingly, your camera still has room for more cinematic photography?
Then on your journey back into the city why not stop at Calton Hill?
Stunning pretty much in any weather, we’d recommend catching the view at sunset where the panoramic shot of Edinburgh below is, quite simply, nothing short of gorgeous.
Get Away from the Hustle and Bustle in Trendy Stockbridge
Here’s a trendy area for you to take in. The plus point is it still packs that same quirky, artistic, cool Edinburgh punch, but gets you away from the hectic city centre.
It’s the area of Stockbridge!
Stuffed with fun and hip shops, bars, restaurants and stunning architecture (a standout is the cosy St Vincent’s Chapel), the leafy suburb is where you go if you want a hefty dose of cool and beauty (check out Circus Lane for the ultimate feel-good walk).
On Sundays, you’ll also find the outdoor Stockbridge Market, which is jam-packed with stalls offering wares from artists, makers, and some of the best street food around, like stringy, melty cheese arancini and paella which had people queueing around the block.
A Night Out along Leith Walk
You’ve finished your day strolling around Edinburgh and now, quite honestly, you’re ready for a fun night out and social with your group.
Enter stage left, Leith Walk. Fantastically full of stylish bars and restaurants, it also gets you away from the main drag too.
Stay up until the Early Hours at the Subway Cowgate
It’s past midnight and you still want more bang for your buck?
Subway Cowgate has got you covered. Tucked under the George IV Bridge, away from the main drag, it’s a proper party venue and one definitely for you to end the night at.