21 Things to Do in Edinburgh

Summer has arrived to Edinburgh!

Come explore the wonders of the Scottish capital, enjoy all the exciting events and insightful places. We promise you won’t have a boring moment. The City Suites has selected a list of must-see and must-do activities for our guests to enjoy the best of Edinburgh.

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Every year, thousands of performers take hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events. A beautiful time of the year where Edinburgh is filled with creativity, music, joy and laughter!

Bravehearts Revenge
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The Edinburgh Dungeon brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages, scenes and rides in a truly unique and exciting walk through experience that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel. It’s hilarious fun and the right amount of scary. Experience their new show called Braveheart’s Revenge where you can learn more about Scotland’s history and the famous William Wallace, known as Braveheart. A sorry tale of treachery and bloodshed featuring Scotland’s most fearsome warrior!

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The Edinburgh Castle invites you on a journey to the past. It is home to Scotland’s Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny, which are displayed in the Crown Room and are surrounded by a very special exhibition. Located on the very top of Royal Mile, here you can get the must-buy Scottish souvenir and also be swept away by some beautiful views over Edinburgh city. A truly insightful place to visit and learn about Scottish history.

arthurs seat
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Arthur’s Seat is the main peak of the group of hills in Edinburgh. It is situated just to the east of the city centre. The hill rises above the city to a height of 250.5m, it provides excellent views of the city and beyond, is relatively easy to climb, and is popular for hillwalking. This is a wonderful adventure for the family or anyone who truly wants to experience one of the most majestic natural beauties of Edinburgh. After all, it is not every day you can hike an extinct volcano full of mysteries and history!

Palace of Holyroodhouse – Exterior
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Explore the palace’s close associations with some of Scotland’s most well-known historic figures such as Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie, and learn how today it is used by The Queen when carrying out official engagements in Scotland. It is located at the end of Royal Mile and is one of the most popular attractions in Scotland. Let yourself be submerge by the royal history through art, design and architecture from the interiors and exterior splendour of the Holyrood Palace.

Scotch Whisky Experience
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A five-star visitor attraction at the top of the renown Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, where you can be inspired by the joys of Scotch whisky. Get to know their wonderful whisky and tasting tours, where you can go on a journey of different whisky tastes, smells, textures and history. An intriguing and fun experience that illustrates well the reason why this complex amber drink is so popular in Scottish lands. Did you know that Whisky in Gaelic reads ‘uisge beathe’, which means ‘water of life’!

Meadows Edinburgh
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The Meadows is a beautiful public park in Edinburgh, Scotland located in the middle of the city.  It consists largely of open grassland crossed by tree-lined paths, but also has a children’s playground, a croquet club, tennis courts and recreational sport pitches. During the summer the Meadows is pleasantly invaded by a delicious smell of BBQs, music, sports and joyful people enjoying the Scottish sun.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
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The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a scientific centre for the study of plants, their diversity and conservation, as well as a popular tourist attraction. You can take your family for a picnic while discovering and enjoying the best of nature. This is the second oldest garden in Britain, embedding an outstanding plant collection, many trails and a beautiful greenhouse, known as Palm House, representing the status symbols from the Victorian British era.

Edinburgh Zoo Giant Panda
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Edinburgh Zoo is Edinburgh’s second biggest tourist attraction after Edinburgh Castle. The zoo is a massive 82 acres of land, bringing in 600 thousand visitors a year showing why it’s such a well-known attraction in Edinburgh. It was the first zoo in the world to breed penguins and did you know its main attraction is the Giant Panda? This is the perfect choice for a lovely fun day with the family and friends!

Panda and Sons
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Panda & Sons opened in November 2013 by Panda and his family. This bar is well disguised as an old barbershop where you can find a secret door inside, leading you to a creative and cozy bar environment. The foundation of the bar was built on the idea of a place where everyone would feel welcome. We invite you to try their extensive wine list, creative cocktails and wide range of craft. You won’t be disappointed!

royal mile
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If you seek a medieval experience, the famous Royal Mile is the place to go and explore. It’s an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and pubs that runs all the way through the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, with Edinburgh Castle at its head and the Palace of Holyrood house at its foot.

scotland national museum
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This is an exceptional museum and the most visited attraction in Scotland. Learn about their fantastic collection of original exhibits, historical and scientific facts and insightful activities for all ages.

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The Scottish National Gallery displays some of the greatest art in the world, including masterpieces by Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Constable, Turner, Monet, Van Gogh and Gauguin, amongst many others. The most comprehensive part of the collection covers the history of Scottish painting – all the major names, including Ramsay, Raeburn, Willkie and McTaggart, are represented.

calton hill
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Enjoy Calton Hill’s sweeping views! Based at St. Andrew’s House, on the steep southern slope of the hill; with the Scottish Parliament Building, and other notable buildings, for example Holyrood Palace, lying near the foot of the hill. Here you can also find several other iconic monuments and buildings such as the Nelson Monument, the Dugald Stewart Monument the old Royal High School, the Robert Burns Monument, the Political Martyrs’ Monument and the City Observatory.

Leith Walk Shore
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Leith Walk is one of the longest streets in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is the main road connecting the port area of Leith to the centre of the city. Explore this vibrant place and find a wide range of multicultural restaurants and bars from all over the world

Roya Yacht Britannia Western Harbour
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The Royal Yacht Britannia was home to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the world. It’s a place that will make you travel in time, rich in history and permanently docked in our waters at Port of Leith.

The Light House
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If you fancy fresh and local food The Light House is the place to go. With seasonally inspired dishes changing every day, here you can enjoy fresh seafood, fantastic cuts of meat and gorgeous vegetarian food while appreciating the wonderful views overlooking the picturesque Newhaven Harbour. The Light House is the right place to go if you want to enjoy an outstanding cuisine experience, or a cozy romantic dinner under the warm coloured fairy-lights and lovely sea themed decorations.

Fishmarket Newhaven
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The Fishmarket is a new seafood venture from Ondine’s Chef Patron, Roy Brett and Gary Welch, owner of Welch Fishmongers. Situated on Newhaven Harbour where boats have landed fish since the 16th century, the refurbishment of the original fish market building has taken over a year and extensive investment. There is both a traditional fish and chip counter and a 50-cover restaurant with a champagne bar where dishes on offer include Crispy Crab Claws from Scrabster and Grilled Tobermory Langoustines, Oysters and the Grand ‘Fruits of the Sea’. The Fishmarket has seen Newhaven become a must visit destination for the freshest fish and chips with incredible views across the Forth.

ocean terminal
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Ocean Terminal is a shopping center located in Leith in Edinburgh, it has The Royal Yacht Britannia docked by it. Ocean Terminal has a selection of restaurants and shops inside with even a fully equipped gym. It’s located just around the corner from our apartments. Here you can find the usual suspects such as French Connection, Gap and Superdry.

Leith Shore Edinburgh
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The Shore is the perfect place to go for a walk by the canal and discover the many great cafes, restaurants and bars. Explore and enjoy the pleasant views of Scotland’s coastline while enjoying a meal or a drink by the water.