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A charming city steeped in antiquity, Scotland's capital Edinburgh is a playground for creatives, dreamers, intellectuals and students which is well-versed in education and academia, making it the perfect stage for aspiring students in UK.

Along with having the cosmopolitan feel to it, the city has an equal blend of both European and Scottish culture in its diverse and safe, cultured and cobbled alleys, with enough student spots and entertainment to pack into your social calendar.

things to do in Edinburgh

1. Walking Tours around Edinburgh


For history buffs, walking through the medieval Old Town or exploring the Royal Mile will be an unforgettable journey through time. And those who seek, in addition, to relax and have fun, in bars and pubs with live music find the best place to end the day.

While the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh is located in a hilly realm, getting around the town is easy with the convenient and well-connected transportation network. With most of the Universities in Edinburgh located reasonably close to the city centre as well as the central city student accommodation, the students could quickly get to the university by foot or by cycling or could even opt for the regular bus services.

Apart from this, if you want to venture out to the city's hot spots or simply want to explore the new city, hop into the city's tram or go for a comfortable coach journey which connects Edinburgh to the other significant cities in Scotland. And if travelling in public transport is a no-no for you, do not worry! Edinburgh also has the right amount of private transportation options out there for you, including private Taxies and Uber.

2. Restaurants in Edinburgh


The food scene in Edinburgh is as diverse as its population. Right from fine dining to budget-friendly street food to fried mars bars, the city has something or the other to cater as per different tastes. So treat yourself or your friends and family at the wide range of international as well as local eateries which serves plenty of vegetarian, vegan and non-vegetarian options located all across the city.

Some of the top picks among the lot includes:
  • Ting Thai Caravan
  • Lovercrumbs
  • Three Birds & Apiary
  • Cafe Piccante
  • Mother India's
  • Oink
Also, Edinburgh hosts a few of the prominent food festivals- like the Edinburgh Vegan Festival, Foodies Festival and the Edinburgh Food Festival, which takes place throughout the year.

3. Shopping in Edinburgh


Apart from being famous for its eating and music scenes, the town is also known for its famous shopping streets. For some high-end shopping brands and shops, head out to George Street and Princes Street, which occasionally offers student discounts for university students. Looking for something more vintage and out-of-the-box?

Then you should definitely check out Armstrongs, a local vintage store which offers a variety of retro dresses, cowboy boots, cool denim, something more customizable and antique! Apart from this, the city also has some great second-hand shops options, which have a vast range of quality and affordable items out for sale.

4. Ultimate Clubs and Bars in Edinburgh


Loaded with rave vibes and plenty of booze deals; The Bongo Club, Sneaky Pete's, Cabaret Voltaire, The Liquid Room, and Opium are all best choices for a night free of redundant whistles. Want to enjoy spellbinding live music while drinking your heart out in a cosy environment? Then the Jazz Bar surely has to be your destination.

A gem in itself, Sandy Bell's is an alluring pub which is particularly famous for its traditional Scottish music along with serving an impressive range of real malts and ales. And for someone who likes to dress up, head out to the New Town area and George Street which has the city’s finest clubs including Opal Lounge, Why Not, Lola Lo and Lulu.

5. Free things to do in Edinburgh


Getting to do something, that too without spending lavishly is hands down the best feeling of all. And the city of Edinburgh sure has a way to spoil you with a wide variety of choices. A paradise of art, the Scottish National Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern art is somewhere an art-lover can escape the reality into the artistic world.

For someone who is into history, The National Museum of Scotland is a place where novelty, history and anthropology collide.

Edinburgh Castle, situated on the top of a volcanic rock known as Castle Rock, in the heart of the English city, is one of the most visited places in Scotland. It was, over time, a royal residence, fortress and prison. The Royal Mile is the backbone of the Old City. Flanked by the homes of the Scottish nobles, it extends from the esplanade of the Castle to the Holyroodhouse Palace.

On this street also stands St. Giles, the Edinburgh cathedral, built in the fifteenth century and the only medieval church in the city. Old Edinburgh is a city of secrets, mysteries and ghosts. After touring every corner of Edinburgh, you can spend a few days exploring Dublin, capital of Ireland, the city founded by the Vikings that went through a stormy past to enjoy a modern and vibrant present.

6. Where to Stay in Edinburgh


Edinburgh is a tourist as well as a student-friendly town which has a lot of accommodation options spread across the city. So if you are a student at the university or a tourist, do not panic about finding somewhere to live. The city offers a range of PBSA as well as short term accommodation options for someone who wishes to stay in the city for a shorter duration.

Although the city of Edinburgh is entitled as the most desirable city in the world, there are few neighbourhoods in the city which are particularly famous as the best place to live in which includes Leith, Old Town, City Centre, Lothian Road, Morningside and Mayfield.

As for the best areas to stay in Edinburgh, if your priority is to sleep in the center, start looking for accommodation in Old Town and New Town, the two most important neighborhoods of the city. In addition to the Old Town and the New Town, there are other neighborhoods a little further away, such as Leith, Fountainbridge or Newington, which are very well connected to the center by bus and also offer a good selection of accommodation.

Edinburgh is a very tourist city, so it will not be difficult to find accommodation for all budgets from B&B and pensions to luxury hotels or hostels with shared rooms. The offer is very extensive throughout the year, although, if you travel in August to visit the Edinburgh Festival or Christmas.

In the supermarkets of Scotland, like Tesco or Sainsbury's, they sell many meals prepared for a few pounds. Lothian buses cover the entire city and surroundings. Is it possible to travel to Edinburgh in winter? Yes, it is possible and, with a good coat, it is not so much! In fact, more than the temperatures, what can pose a challenge for tourism at that time are the few hours of light.
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9 comments:

  1. Edinburgh is such a beautiful city, we've been there many years ago! These tips are great, thanks!

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  2. Oh my goodness, this looks like a dream getaway! Though I've never yet been to Edinburgh myself, I'd love to visit one day.

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  3. Cool article. I have been to Edinburgh and I really love the place. Nature is at its best along with the architectural beauty.

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  4. I love Edinburgh and have been on a few occassions. This post bought back some fond memories. The Castle is definitely a must to visit. I also enjoyed the splendour of Holyroodhouse Palace.

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  5. There is so many great things to do in Edinburgh. Thank you for sharing x

    Laura
    https://pinkfrenzymissl.blogspot.com/

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  6. Edinburgh sounds like a wonderful place to visit with the family. Museums and walking tours are exactly my thing. :)

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  7. I would love going there. Anytime I can take a journey through time as I get to visit a place is just the most amazing thing to me. I would love to see the castle.

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  8. I have never been there but it sounds like a nice destination getaway during this Holidays.

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  9. Oh I really to visit Edinburgh someday, it looks like a great place to explore.

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