Things to do in Edinburgh

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Things to Do in Edinburgh

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  • SiberianEmo
    Omsk, Russia75 contributions
    May in Edinburgh is renowned for its ephemeral weather. It might be sunny, yet chilly; it will be overcast, but you will sweat when wearing a jacket. The winds might be brutal, making all that hair product go to waste.
    Arthur's Seat is a highest point of the Holyrood Park. Even though it is a stone throw from the Holyroodhouse Palace, I would not recommend combing visits to those two together. The visit to the palace will take a few hours and will probably drain the energy. I would suggest visiting the Arthur's Seat earlier in the morning or after having a light lunch after you still have energy for a hike.
    There are many tributary trails, so for those who love to hike, will spend longer time exploring the park. There are also many view points and amazing flowers, so photographers will enjoy the outing.
    For those who love history, there are the ruins of ak old church. Explore those!
    The last part of the trail to the Arthur's Seat is a bit steep. If you are not an experienced hiker, stay on the main path, as the side routes are rocky, unmentioned, amd crumble under your feet. Also, wear athletic shoes (my addiction to Vans nearly ruined a new pair on the climb).
    Written 2 July 2022
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  • ChrisM239
    Burton, UK86 contributions
    This is a fascinating insight into life on the Royal Yacht Britannia and the history of the Royal Yachts in general.
    Each area you visit is maintained to a very high standard and the tour is well sign posted.
    There are hand held tour guides or you can scan QR codes with your smart phone to get the audible tour on your phone. I did this and it worked flawlessly and really added to the experience.
    The on-bard sweet shop is just amazing, can highly recommend some of their home made fudge!
    After the tour we visited the on-board cafe / restaurant and had tea and cake. Range and choice of both teas and cakes was very good, with a good range of sandwiches etc. available too if that's what you're looking for.
    Only slight disappointment was the fact that you couldn't see the yacht as a whole as you approached it because of the shopping centre that has been built. This isn't the fault of the team running the yacht though, hence why I'm still giving a 5 star rating.
    Written 1 July 2022
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  • cctkMiller
    Vancouver, WA280 contributions
    Unbelievable that such a museum of quality has so much free access. Some exhibits require purchase but there is so much to gather in without cost this would be a crime to miss this offering.
    Written 30 June 2022
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  • Dkervin
    North Kingstown, RI8 contributions
    Edinburgh was amazing. We are out most nights and when leaving the restaurant at 10:30PM it was still light out.

    The Castle tour was much more than we ever expected and so much history to learn about.

    A favorite for me was the Golf Tavern and the 36 hole pitch and putt course. They provided a Guinness, a club, putter and ball for £10.

    Wonderful
    Written 2 July 2022
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  • IrishRover
    Pittsburgh, PA2,652 contributions
    Buy your tickets in Advance!!!!. If you are a military buff there is no place better to explore the proud Heritage of the Scots. If you are a fan of the Crown the Scottish Crown Jewels are a must see as well as a little history of Mary Queen of Scots. Allow yourself at least 2hours and bring a good pair of walking shoes
    Written 1 July 2022
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  • PPJ
    Telford, UK170 contributions
    A really good range of illusions and exhibits, some purely visual and some interactive. The staff were really positive and friendly, particularly our host during the actual camera obscura display who was a joy. The view from the roof is incredible.
    Written 2 July 2022
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  • Paul Balmer
    12 contributions
    My adult son and I really enjoyed our visit on 6/10/22. Seeing the rooms/halls while listening to the audio guide was thoroughly enjoyable. I recommend purchasing tickets in advance...and maybe allow time for some tea in the Cafe :)
    Written 1 July 2022
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  • IrishRover
    Pittsburgh, PA2,652 contributions
    My advice is to start at the Castle and walk downhill to the Palace. The Royal Mile is a great Down Hill stroll through old town and a mix of eating, drinking, shopping and sightseeing. If you are in the city you will go.
    you will be overwilled by the amount of wool shops and toursit shops but in between those are some real jewels
    Written 1 July 2022
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  • PopcornMonkeyReviews
    West Yorkshire, UK3,705 contributions
    Really good food, excellent service, friendly staff, nice drinks and great decor and atmosphere, would recommend.
    Written 2 June 2022
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  • TacomaDawn
    Tacoma, WA164 contributions
    Good picture taking opportunities from the hill but the park is a bit run down. Felt safe there, pretty busy location.
    Written 2 July 2022
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  • 1TraveltheWorld
    Alice Springs, Australia12,101 contributions
    What can we say except, WOW!

    We have watched the show many times over the years but it is lame in comparison to the real thing.

    The ambiance, the volume, the audience participation...everything.

    We were here during the Edinburgh festival, so the streets were full but the lines to the concert which holds 8000 seats, moves extremely quickly with the help of the many police and military personel.

    We were lucky enough to have great weather throughout the show.

    Fireworks at the end of the show help make this one of the most memorable experiences you will have in a lifetime.
    Written 15 March 2022
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  • Claire W
    Edinburgh, UK22 contributions
    Came to the island via a boat tour. We were give just under 2 hours to explore. Loved exploring the island, tho didn’t see all of it due to not wanting to get attacked by seagulls. Saw the abby (which reopened while I was on the island), which was very interesting too see. There is a small museum and gift shop, which was nice to visit too. Absolutely loved visiting the island and highly recommend visiting.
    Written 24 June 2022
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  • JenAnnie
    Nottingham, UK464 contributions
    We have travelled from Northumberland today to Scotland. We are staying in Kirkcaldy. This is the 1st time I have ever been over the Forth Bridge. I thought it was amazing. Really enjoyed the experience.
    Written 24 June 2022
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  • POPSPOZ
    Lancaster, PA101 contributions
    My wife and I were on vacation in Edinburgh with a bus tour. We had free time and decided to see the botanical gardens. It was a great choice. Beautiful gardens with incredible trees, plants and flowers from around the world but also many native plants and trees. Very natural feel with nice walking paths. This is a must see place to enjoy peace and quiet. Staff members were very helpful and knowledgeable. Amazingly it was free admission.
    Written 30 June 2022
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  • Emily
    Saint Louis, MO2 contributions
    I went here because I'm an Outlander fan and this is a primary filming location for part of the show. Everyone from the gate attendant to the guides was extremely kind and helpful. This estate is beautiful and full of history. The guide, Jennifer, was so helpful and knowledgable on Outlander information, but she also gave me so much history about the estate itself. It was a great experience and I would recommend any Outlander fan to visit.
    Written 1 May 2022
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