Must-Do Things for First-Time Visitors in Edinburgh

This capital city of Scotland is the second-largest financial center in the United Kingdom. The city houses historical and cultural attractions making it the second most popular tourist destination that has attracted more than millions of visitors from across the globe year after year. There are numerous archaeological structures such as the Palace of Holyrood house, Scottish National Gallery, University of Edinburg, and the UNESCO world heritage site; old town and the new town of Edinburg besides other structures.

Edinburgh is referred to as the Athens of the North too. Pay a visit to its archeological structures like Castle Rock, surgeons’ Hall, National monument, etc.

Take a look at some of the best things you should indulge in while staying in the City:-

1) Climb up the Arthur’s Seat

This is one of the best places for having a panoramic view of Edinburgh. This extinct volcano part can be hiked up in 30 minutes.

2) Explore Blackness Castle

Blackness Castle

This is a perfect archaeological structure that can be dated back to the 15th century. Located from the 35-minute distance from the city center it is a perfect destination to have time spent away from city life hassles.

3) Enjoy City View from Calton Hill

If you think you can’t make up for the way to Arthur’s seat, be at Calton Hill close to Balmoral hotel. This is the perfect spot to have a panoramic view of the city, especially during the sunset hours.

4) Georgian House Museum

This museum depicts the history of Edinburgh’s riches lifestyle during the 18th and 19th centuries. It has porcelain, silver, art wares and furniture from that period. Have a look at beautiful chandeliers which give a peek into the luxurious lifestyle of Edinburgh’s rich.

5) The Palace of Holyrood

This is the official home to the queen when she is in Scotland. While she is in Edinburgh she pays a visit to this palace which can be explored to have a look into royal life. Make sure to visit the chamber of Mary Queen of Scots who used to live in the palace between the years 1561-1567.

6) Enjoy Scottish Ballet

Enjoy being a part of the festivity celebrated in its Edinburgh festival theatre located in the heart of the city. This original building can be dated back to the 19th century and is currently home to Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera.

The theatre is believed to be haunted by the popular illusionist ‘The Great Lafayette’ who was accidentally perished during the fire within the building.

7) Spend Time around Scott Monument

This is one of the most impressive monuments that should be visited in the city of Edinburgh Earth for its unique perspective Staircases will help you climb up the monument.

8) Scottish National Gallery

This is a Greek-style complex in the City which is one of the best and must-visit places in Edinburgh (if you are an art lover). Make sure to check out the artist rooms that have a collection of Scottish art and real-to-life artifacts.

9) Enjoy a Stroll on Royal Mile

This is one of the best fast times to do in Edinburgh. It will take 15 minutes to see the oldest building in Edinburgh located in this passage. If you are in Edinburgh during summer make sure to be a part of the French festival.

10) Leith

This place is ideal if you are a water lover. This is a waterfront setting where you can spend the evening with drinks and great exotic dishes because Edinburgh has some fantastic restaurants. 

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