Top 10 Things to Do in Edinburgh
There are so many things that I wish someone had told me about before I visited Edinburgh for the first time, and that I had to discover on my own on different trips to Scotland. Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities that I have ever seen in my life. The weather, the people, the architecture and the beauty and richness of its culture.
Here are top 10 things to do in Edinburgh
Royal Botanic Garden
If you are a fan of nature this will be your haven during your stay in Edinburgh. You can find any plant or flower whether rare or common there. In a city where students’ learning process is part of the local plan, the Royal Botanic Gardens was developed originally for students, you can still find interactive activities for kids in the main building.In fact, some of the dates there date all the way back to the dinosaur age.
The Scottish National Gallery
One of the main attractions in Scotland, specifically right in the heart of Edinburgh. It hosts a wide range of sculpture, paintings, and furniture that dates back to the French Impressionism or Italian Renaissance. Paintings and artworks by artists such as Claude Monet, Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, and Renoir are available there. Finally, the entry is generally free.
National Museum of Scotland
As an art lover, there is so much to see in Edinburgh. The national museum offers a look at the history of Scotland as well as exhibitions of international interest. It is a very informative walk you will have in this Museum as you can learn all about Scotland from different points in history, also there are displays on other major old cultures such as Egypt and Japan.
As an adventurous person, Edinburgh has a place for you. Arthur’s seat is a dormant volcano, 300 million years since it last erupted. It is an interesting place, yet it also offers a more interesting view of everything in Edinburgh. Don’t forget your camera.
The Scottish Parliament
Because politics is central to every country, especially to the citizens, the parliament is open to the public, actually there are free guided tours. The building is a beautiful monument, a masterpiece by the brilliant Enric Miralles. Yet, since it opened in 2004 it created a controversy because it went over-budget.
ST. Giles’s Cathedral
This cathedral has served a crucial role in Scottish religion as Presbyterianism’ mother church since it was built in 1120. From it, John Knox led the Scottish Reformation. Walking in this church gives you chills as you feel that you walking through history, beautiful traces of every epoch it went through are still there for the memory.
At the east end of Princes Street, you find this hill that provides you with an ideal view of Edinburgh’s most lovely sights. It also can serve as an amazing place to have a good Sunday picnic with friends and family while still looking at the Castle, New Town, and Holyrood. At the top of the hill, you will find Nelson’s monument which also offers a better perspective on the beautiful city.
National Gallery Of Modern Art
Originally a school built in the 19th century, now a stunning neo-classical building that serves as one of the main destination in Edinburgh. In this museum, you will find works by Picasso, the main symbol of modern art, Braque, Matisse, Andy Warhol and Ben Nicholson amongst others. The permanent collection is free, while some international or special exhibitions have, sometimes, an entry fee.
Go on a Shopping spree on Victoria Street
You can find several things to buy and discover here, especially from local culture.
Talk to local people, they are really nice people. Scottish people, in general, are one of the nicest and most hospitable people I have ever met. You can easily engage in a conversation with people in a bar or a pub.
Edinburgh is an under-rated destination, there are so many things to do and see in this city. I, for example, have visited so many cities around the globe and has not yet found a city that can offer you a diversity of choices including art, politics, culture, natural landscapes, adventure, and warmth.