Edinburgh | Things to do

Things to do in Edinburgh

If you’ve got the energy, Edinburgh’s got the goods. We’re talking castle, palace, zoo, parks, gardens and vaults, plus museums, galleries and theatres galore. Or, is it all about the shops? Homage to the whisky? A festive visit to their traditional Christmas markets? Whatever your metaphoric tipple, you’ll find a host of things to do in Edinburgh.

Comedy and theatre

Edinburgh is the city that has a month-long celebration of theatre, comedy, dance, spoken word and music from around the world every year. 
But when Edinburgh Festival is over, the city’s theatres, concert halls and events spaces keep on hosting and producing top-class performances.

Shopping

From local handicrafts to Louis Vuitton handbags, you’ll find it all in Edinburgh. You can expect names you’ll have heard of - Harvey Nichols, John Lewis, Urban Outfitters - and ones you definitely won’t have. And all with the added novelty of shopping amongst some of the UK’s most enchanting streets and buildings.

Museums and galleries

As the Scottish capital, Edinburgh is full of national museums and galleries. Many of these are run by National Galleries of Scotland and National Museums Scotland.
As well as being an important part of Scotland’s history and culture, lots of them boast world-class collections or have won awards. 
 

Sightseeing

Edinburgh’s sights and attractions are as varied as they are exciting. Covering history, politics, royalty, the natural world and more. If you’re not sure where to start, head for the Royal Mile. It’s bookended by two of the city’s headline attractions - Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood House - with others along the way.

Looking for a hotel in Edinburgh?

Whether it's the city centre, next to Edinburgh Castle, or Princes Street, or on the outskirts of town, we have the right hotel for you. Flying in for a business trip and we've hotels next to Edinburgh Airport. And if you're looking for a family-friendly hotel for a weekend break we have those aswell.