When you think of Edinburgh, what springs to mind?
The Fringe Festival? The Royal Mile? Scottish parliament? Or the world-famous Edinburgh Castle?
You’d be forgiven for believing Edinburgh was an expensive tourist trap location, but there’s more to the capital city of Scotland than meets the eye.
Edinburgh (Gaelic: Gaelic: Dun Eideann) has 32 council regions and is home to The Palace of Holyroodhouse, the National Museum of Scotland, and the annual General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, among other things.
With a population of over 500,000 and a GDP of $32.5b USD, only London can rival it’s status and reputation across the UK.
Read more in our Edinburgh city essentials guide.
Take a look at our run down of the top 4 Edinburgh iconic destinations, for those here either for work, pleasure, or indeed, alcohol recovery.
Going back to 2006, the National Museum is located in Chambers Street, and exhibits include natural history, science, and human cultural pieces.
A £47mil GBP project saw it being massively revamped and remodelled, and it now boasts 16 new galleries including not-before-seen pieces in geology, archaeology, and others.
Museum Of Scotland
The Scottish Parliament building exists within the Unesco World Heritage site in central Edinburgh.
Costing over £400million, it opened in 2004 and was designed with a strong sense of Scotland’s identity built into the building, it’s shape, and presence even.
Complex in it’s architecture, it consists of a complex of e.g. MSP buildings, debating chambers, and a garden lobby.
The building met with mixed response upon opening however boasted 250,000 visits in the first 6 months. This is one not to miss on your itinerary.
Scottish Parliament Building
Dynamic Earth in Holyrood Road functions as both an attraction and conference location.
Exhibits focus on evolutionary concepts of geology, astronomy, the earth, and it’s history.
The centre claims to provide the interactive journey of our Earth, judge for yourself:
Lesser-known city destination the Stockbridge market, is an area in perhaps one of the more expensive areas in town, although it boasts some of the best eateries and dining available.
The Sunday market here started in 2011 and runs from 10am-5pm and showcases a series of local food traders, artwork and crafts and independent traders providing the feel of the ‘real’ Edinburgh.