Add a bit of culture to your trip by visiting the Natural Galleries of Scotland. Housed in three sites across Edinburgh city, these galleries display some of the best art in the world. For a bit of historical content, book tickets to go and visit the Edinburgh Castle, where you can see beautiful views from the top of the volcanic castle rock it sits on.
For those who favour designer brands, head towards the Lothians where you’ll find a substantial designer labels and unique trends among the shops. Princes Street to George Street offer shopping centres to the designer outlet village. To view the city as a whole, book tickets for one of the bus tours where you’ll see and learn about the horrible histories of old and new town Edinburgh and its heritage.
For familiar surroundings and a chill out evening, visit the Cineworld or Odeon cinema to watch a newly released film. Alternatively for a social drink in a surrounding, which commemorates old Edinburgh, try out the Frankenstein Pub if you dare. For those who wish to party the night away, head to The Liquid Room or The Bongo Club – Edinburgh’s popular club destinations.
For short city breaks on a budget, look no further than the Dunstane Hotels. Two inviting hotel buildings with gorgeous interiors offer their visitors the sufficient necessities in the perfect heart of the Edinburgh city. Perfect for city breaks, girl's weekends or a lad’s getaway.
If you love nature take a trip to the Royal Botanic Gardens near Edinburgh, which is a world-renowned scientific centre for the study of plants. If betting is your game, then Musselburgh Racecourse is your field. Purchase tickets to watch the Flat and Natural Hunt Horse Racing during June. Alternatively enjoy a relaxing spa experience at Balmoral Health Spa.
If you’re partial to the taste of whisky, look no further than The Scotch Whisky Experience. Right beside the Edinburgh castle, you’ll get to try out and learn about the making of Scottish Whisky through the ages. If you want to explore by yourselves, how about hiring a bike or joining an organized bike ride to view the sites around the city.
The Festival Theatre in Edinburgh is the perfect place if you want to relax and enjoy some shows. From ballet, opera and musicals, this theatre offers a real treat all year round. If you’re looking for a place to have a social drink, try out The Voodoo Rooms Bar, with it’s uniquely traditional décor. If you want a giggle, head to The Stand Comedy Club for live stand-up shows 7 nights a week.
If you’re looking for a great getaway for two, the Scotsman Hotel in Edinburgh is perfect for your trip. With chic surroundings, gorgeously modernized four-poster beds and antique style furniture, you’ll really enjoy the champagne treats that are on offer.
For picturesque views of what nature has to offer, visit Arthur’s Seat – the highest hill in Edinburgh. For a secluded tour, try out the Gilmerton Cove, which is a series of hand carved passageways and chambers underground. Alternatively, visit Edinburgh’s historic port at the Royal Yacht Britannia.
If action and adventure strike you best, try out the Xtreme Karting in Edinburgh. If you want to test out your abseiling skills, head towards the Alien Rock rock climbing centre of Scotland. Alternatively if you fancy a bit of outdoor dry slope skiing, head to the Midlothian Council’s Snowsports Centre where you can book lessons for any level.
Edinburgh is a very social city so what best than visiting a festival from the eclectic events there are to choose from. If you’re a film buff, the International Film Festival is held every June. If reading is your passion, get involved with the International Book Festival in August or try a bit of theatre at the Fringe Festival – also in August.
For some detailed architecture, take a trip to see one of the cathedrals Edinburgh has to offer: St Mary’s RC Cathedral and St Giles Church of Scotland Cathedral offer fine art and workmanship throughout each building. If you’re interested in the Royal Family, book tickets to the Palace of Holyroodhouse – the official residence in Scotland for Her Majesty the Queen.
Introduce your children to Edinburgh’s great nature at the Edinburgh Zoo where you can visit the Giant Pandas and Penguin Cam. If you enjoy scenic views, the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions offer picturesque views of Edinburgh’s skyline, with fun attractions for the children.
If you’re a fan of the supernatural and enjoy a bit of history, why not take a Ghost tour. The Auld Reekie Tours are Edinburgh’s underground vaults where you’ll learn about Edinburgh’s historic dark side. Alternatively let the girls go off shopping down Princes Street while the boys head off to Merchants of Edinburgh Club to play a round of golf.
For a lovely restaurant with a family orientated atmosphere, why not head to the Vittoria Restaurant, which offers a variety of Italian made food in a trendy setting. If you want a live entertainment, head over to the King’s Theatre where you’ll catch some of Scotland’s best Pantomime. Alternatively give the kids a great film to watch downtime at the Cineword cinema.
Searching for a child friendly hotel? Look no further than Apex Hotels. Apex is an international hotel with a 4 star rating in the city centre, offering family hotel rooms. Children also stay and eat for free with the children’s menu.