Scotland’s capital city has plenty to keep you entertained. With so many great attractions, quality restaurants and famous landmarks it’s hard to know where to begin your visit! Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
See the city’s sights
The open top, hop-on-hop-off buses of the City Sightseeing Edinburgh Tour are a great way to get your bearings and get to grips with Edinburgh’s old and new towns. Be sure to hop off the bus at the Edinburgh Dungeons to take a light-hearted look at the darkest parts of Scotland’s history. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the live actors, shows and hair-raising rides!
Centuries of history and miles of views at Edinburgh Castle
The bus also takes passengers to another essential stop on your itinerary – the striking Edinburgh Castle. This impressive landmark dates back centuries and sits atop a dormant volcano, giving it spectacular views across the city.
Don’t wait in line when you’re short on time
You might only be in Edinburgh for a day trip, so don’t waste any time queuing for tickets – enjoy the convenience of the Edinburgh Pass to make your visit as smooth as possible. The pass includes airport transfers, access to top attractions including the Edinburgh Dungeon, Edinburgh Zoo and Dynamic Earth, plus great savings and special offers including discounts on the hop-on-hop-off buses.
A splash of retail therapy
For visiting shopaholics, Edinburgh has a huge variety of stores if you’re in need of some retail therapy. After visiting Edinburgh Castle, head down the hill to Princes Street where well-known brands are mixed with famous department stores such as Jenners. Just a few minutes’ walk from Princes Street is George Street, with its blend of stylish shops selling clothes, accessories and luxury goods, alongside sophisticated bars and restaurants.
Sample some local cuisine
If it’s more traditional food you’re looking for, there are plenty of Scottish favourites to choose from. Visit a fish and chip shop to try that quintessential British dinner, and sample a deep-fried Mars bar if you’re looking for a unique – and supremely indulgent – dessert, or savour some delicious steak pie at one of Edinburgh’s plentiful pubs.
Braver visitors shouldn’t miss the chance to taste some authentic haggis, the national dish of Scotland. A savoury pudding made of sheep’s heart, liver and lungs with onion, oatmeal and flavourings, haggis is ideal for the experimental types among us looking for something a little different! Haggis is an important part of the traditional Scottish Burns Supper and is served with a glass of Scotch whisky.
Visitors can follow up their haggis lunch with a trip to the fantastic Scotch Whisky Experience and enjoy an interactive, immersive tour through a replica Scotch distillery.
Stay on track with huge savings on rail tickets
If you’re visiting elsewhere in the UK, why not make time for a trip to Edinburgh too? The city has great transport links and is well served by air, bus and rail, with regular express train services departing from London Euston and London Kings Cross at least once per hour. If you plan to make more than one rail journey, consider a BritRail Pass. Exclusively available to overseas visitors, the GB BritRail Flexi Pass offers flexible train travel across Britain, or get around Scotland with the BritRail Scottish Freedom Pass. The two passes have one thing in common, however – both offer huge savings on normal ticket prices.
Edinburgh looks forward to welcoming you soon!