If you’re planning on spending Christmas in the UK, then Edinburgh has been voted one of the best cities in the world to enjoy a winter break. And while Edinburgh may seem small compared to other cities, in terms of unique Edinburgh attractions per square mile, it’s top of the table.
The city is packed with amazing things to do. So unless you’re planning on making your stay a permanent one, you’re going to struggle to see even half of what’s on offer. To help you get the most out of Edinburgh attractions, we’ve put together a list of the top things to do in Edinburgh.
Greyfriars Bobby Statue
This wee dog has had a vice-like grip on the hearts of the British public since the late 19th century. Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye terrier who stood vigil at his master’s grave for years until his own death. In life he was dearly loved by the people of Edinburgh. In the intervening years he has done little to diminish that. His fierce loyalty has inspired books and even a movie by Walt Disney! A life-size statue was erected in recognition of his love for his master at the corner of Candlemaker Row and the George IV Bridge.
Over the past few years, it has become “tradition” for visitors to rub wee Bobby’s nose for good luck. Tour guides made this story up to encourage engagement, but it’s a load of old toot. Unfortunately, it has resulted in Bobby’s nose has lost its colour. This has resulted in the statue previously being taken away for repairs. So please, if you are going to visit him and his grave, then don’t touch the nose. He might bite!
National Gallery Of Scotland Complex
The Scottish National Gallery and the adjoining Royal Scottish Academy form a complex in the heart of Edinburgh city. Situated just off Princes Street, the galleries are Edinburgh attractions in their own right. They house a magnificent collection of both classical and contemporary art. The complex is comprised of distinct buildings, linked via an underground tunnel. Both are the designs of the renowned architect William Playfair. Also, the complex includes the Scottish Café & Restaurant, which boasts spectacular views of Princes Street Gardens.
The Royal Botanic Garden
This magnificent 70 acre garden is the second oldest of its kind in Britain. It is home to a herbarium, Britain’s biggest palm house, a tropical house, a terraced moorland garden and many other delights. The Royal Botanic Gardens also host many exhibitions. You can learn more about the beautiful species on display, and join a guided tour of the gardens. For instance, some tours take you through many of the edible plants that grace the UK’s countryside. If you are going on a camping trip, then that might come in useful!
Our Dynamic Earth: Edinburgh’s Science Centre
Our Dynamic Earth is an amazing multimedia journey back 500 million years through Earth’s history. It’s located at the foot of Arthur’s seat near Holyrood Park. The science centre is housed in an ultra-modern tent-like structure and invites guests to take part in a series of interactive exhibits. State of the art technology brings it all to life with an amazing 360 degree full dome film theatre.