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Edinburgh in Winter

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Edinburgh in Winter

What are good things to do in Edinburgh in the rainy winter?

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Drink hot chocolate in Jenners

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Edinburgh in winter ?

This year we got stranded there in December because the airport was closed -SNOW !

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We just got back from a weeks stay (jan 26-feb 1) and the weather was great. We even had a sunny day with blue sky and puffy white clouds! It got cold toward the end, but never had any rain. I was surprised that there were still quite a few tourists, especially on the weekend. All attractions were open, and the only downside is that pretty much everything closed by 4 pm., so you have to start early and don't dawdle! Plenty to see and do!!

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It's not always rainy - you get lovely cold crisp days too. If you get one of those climb Arthurs Seat - great views.

If it is rainy a long lunch in David Bann and a good film. Edinburgh has some good wee cinemas - the Filmhouse & Cameo as well as the big screens.

Visit Holyrood Palace - or the Museum of Scotland - it doesn't matter about the weather there.

Go shopping in some of Edinburghs unique shops, ranging from Hamilton & Inches to Cadenheads whiskies to the hat shop in the Grassmarket.

Take the train across to Glasgow and visit one of it's great museums or galleries - Kelvingrove, the Burrell, House for an Art Lover, or the Tenement House.

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You will never run out of things to do inside in Edinburgh. There are plenty of Museums, galleries and other historic buildings to visit. The Museum of Scotland in Chambers Street takes hours to go around and you can always treat yourself to lunch in the Tower Restaurant at the top which has great views of the Castle. Down the High Street you have the Museum of Childhood, John Knox's House and then at the bottom you could go to the Scottish Parliament. Tours of the Parliament are not very expensive. Queens gallery straight accross the road from there and Holyrood Palace behind it.

A unique attraction (if you can call it that) is Mary King Close. this is an old street that was walled up during the Great Plague and then built upon. Only recenty rediscovered. You access it through the City Chambers. You need to book to go.

There are 2 reasonably sized art galleries in the middle of princes street (Edinburgh's main street) and you can now go from one to the other via the basement without having to come outside and get wet.

Go and isit the Royal yacht Britannia down in leith. Ocean Terminal is there too so you can while away a bit of time shopping as well.

And finally, there is no shortage of cosy pubs to while away some time.

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"the only downside is that pretty much everything closed by 4 pm."

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You are more likely to get rain in Summer than Winter!! Tons to do - museums/art galleries/pubs/restaurants/cinema. Walks along the Water of Leith or Botanic Gardens or just around the Old Town or New Town.

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