Things to do in Edinburgh
Walk the Royal Mile
From Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse via the Scottish Parliament Building, walking Edinburgh’s Royal Mile end to end is a whistle-stop tour of Scottish history.
The Real Mary King’s Close
Underneath the Royal Mile lies The Real Mary King’s Close - a fascinating subterranean network of medieval alleys. Find out from Mary King what life here was like in the 17th-century.
The Scottish Storytelling Centre
Enjoy an all-round programme of theatre, exhibitions, music, family activities and festivals such as TradFest and the Scottish International Storytelling Festival.
With the help of seasoned actors, this 80-minute experience delves into the bloody, gruesome and ghostly side of Scotland’s past. Robust constitution preferable.
Test your eyesight with five floors of optical illusions and mind-bending wonkiness that have been simultaneously confusing and amazing people since 1853. You quite literally won’t believe your eyes.
The Scotch Whisky Experience
Find out how Scotland’s finest export is made, and check out the world’s largest selection of Scotch. Adults get to sample a wee dram, and kids can binge on Irn Bru. If you’re staying at one of our Edinburgh business hotels, better save this one until after work.
Edinburgh events calendar
Tributes to Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns, are held on his birthday – the 25th January – every year. Join a Burns Supper, attend a ceilidh or simply raise a toast with a dram or two of whisky.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The Fringe attracts fantastic performers and enthusiastic audiences from all around the world. The programme is released every spring – but book your hotel well in advance.
Edinburgh International Film Festival
Catch documentaries, dramas and more by the most promising new talent in international cinema at the world’s longest film festival, spanning twelve days at the end of every June.