Edinburgh: Athens of Britain
Edinburgh: Athens of Britain
Want to visit Scotland's stunning capital city? Here are some things to do in Edinburgh
13 Apr 2022

Want to visit Scotland's stunning capital city? There are many interesting things to do in Edinburgh. With stunning architecture, endless winding roads, and a stunning castle perched on a dormant volcano, there's no other place like it. Here are some things to do in Edinburgh:

1. Visit Edinburgh Castle

Perched atop Castle Rock overlooking the city, Edinburgh Castle houses important Scottish artifacts, such as the Honors of Scotland, which are Britain's oldest crown jewels. Explore the castle's vast grounds, take a guided tour with the castle's butlers, or listen to the audio guide, which is available in eight languages.

Clock Tower at Edinburgh Castle
Clock Tower at Edinburgh Castle

2. Shelter from the Rain at the National Museum of Scotland

Scotland is known for its unpredictable weather, and if you get caught in the rain, you might be wondering what to do in Edinburgh. Visit the National Museum of Scotland, one of Edinburgh's finest indoor attractions. And, best of all, entry is free. With over 20,000 unique artifacts to view, there's something for everyone, and fun for the whole family.

Tips: When the sun comes up, head to the rooftop terrace for a stunning view of Edinburgh Castle.

National Museum of Scotland
National Museum of Scotland

3. Hike at Arthur's Seat and Explore Holyrood Park

Perhaps one of the most iconic places to visit in Edinburgh is Arthur's Seat, located in Holyrood Park. This ancient volcano is located 251m above sea level and offers 360 degree views of Edinburgh and the Lothians. You can view the medieval remains of St Anthony's Chapel or feed the ducks and geese at Duddingston Loch.

The Long Expanse at
The Long Expanse at Arthur's Seat

4. Pamper the Eyes at the Scott Monument

Another important place to visit in Edinburgh is the Scott Monument. Built in 1832 to commemorate the death of one of Scotland's most beloved writers, Sir Walter Scott, this Gothic tower stands at the eastern end of Princes Street Gardens. This monument is the largest memorial to a writer in the world, standing at over 200 feet and decorated with engravings of characters from his novels. Climb the 287 steps to the top for panoramic views of the city. Inside the monument, you can also visit the Museum Room, which hosts exhibits about Scott's life and work.

Instagrammable Spots at the Scott Monument
Instagrammable Spots at the Scott Monument

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