Heriot-Watt University

Things to do in Edinburgh | Heriot-Watt University

Set in 380 acres of green and leafy parkland, you’ll find plenty of space to think, play and relax at Heriot-Watt. Find out more about this business and industry focused university with our quick guide.

Since being established in 1821 as the world's first mechanics' institute, Heirot-Watt has expanded to include an extensive range of research degrees but has kept its focus on business and industry. As well as Edinburgh, the university has campuses in the Scottish Borders and Orkney, as well as Dubai and Malaysia to name just a few of its global locations. With over 30,000 students and over 116,000 alumni around the world in 190 countries, Heriot-Watt has plenty of famous alumni, including Muriel Spark and Irvine Welsh.

Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University

Eating and drinking

With plenty of places to eat and drink on and off campus, you won’t go hungry when visiting Heriot-Watt.

If you want to grab a bite to eat or a coffee, choose from Dewey’s, Da Vinci’s, The Piece or Elements. Fancy something more substantial? The Central offers everything from soup to street food or Café Brio serves up pints of beer to wash down its hearty meals.

Heading off campus? You’ll find plenty of options in Edinburgh city centre but if you don’t want to venture that far, why not try Riccarton Inn. This gastropub offers Scottish classics and bar favourites and is within walking distance of Curriehill station.

Getting to Heriot-Watt University

Within easy reach of Edinburgh, there are lots of transport options that will get you to Heriot-Watt University.

By car
The Heriot-Watt campus is well signposted if you’re coming from Edinburgh. With four car parks available to visitors, check the university website to see which is best for your visit.

By bus
There are plenty of bus routes running through the city centre to the university. Hop on the 25, X25, 34, 45 or 63, buy a day ticket for £4 and you’ll be on campus in around 40 minutes.

By train
Curriehill Station is one mile from the University. With frequent services to Waverley station, you’ll be on campus within 20 minutes if you travel by train.

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