Many people that travel to Britain make a point of heading to Edinburgh. Why? Well, it’s a city rich in culture, heritage and history and there are countless attractions to go and visit. There’s also an abundance of affordable hotels in Edinburgh near to all the major sites, which makes it even more of an appealing prospect for tourists.
Here are our top five must-do things in the Scottish capital.
1. Climb to the top of Nelson’s Monument
The two most obvious attractions in Edinburgh are Edinburgh Castle and Nelson’s Monument, simply because you can’t miss them. So, let’s kick-off our whirlwind tour of the city with Nelson’s Monument, which is close to George Hotel Edinburgh and other central hotels and hostels. It was built to commemorate Admiral Horatio Nelson, has 217 steps in total and offers pretty neat views from the top.
2. Learn all about Scottish culture
The National Museums Scotland is made up of several museums, some of which are based in Edinburgh, including the National War Museum and National Museum of Scotland. The latter is free to enter, which is an added bonus. People of all ages can discover all about a range of different subjects at the National Museum of Scotland, from art and design to the natural world.
3. See the daily gun salute at Edinburgh Castle
A trip to Edinburgh Castle when in Edinburgh really is a must for many reasons, including the stunning vista of the city that you’ll get if you make your way to the top. There’s a free guided tour if you’re a bit of a culture vulture and most days there’s a gun salute at 1pm that’s well worth witnessing.
4. Take a stroll down The Royal Mile
Most major cities have iconic streets. In London, for example, the likes of Regent Street and Oxford Street are known the world over. Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is still pretty special. It’s a hive of activity and is crammed with interesting buildings and clusters of bars, eateries and shops.
5. Visit a dormant volcano
No, that’s not a misprint, Edinburgh does have a dormant volcano within its boundaries and is thought to be the only city in the world that can lay claim to such an honour. Arthur’s Seat can be found in the group of hills that surround the Scottish capital and offers the chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre and take in the surrounding areas.
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