One of the things I love about Edinburgh is its colourful past. The streets of the Old Town are just teeming with fascinating stories, some a little *ahem*grisly at times, but these tales are definitely worth seeking out while you are in Edinburgh. One of the best places to see these stories come to life is at the Edinburgh Dungeon, just behind Waverley Station on Market Street.
The Dominion is a cinema in the heart of Morningside. Tucked away down one of the side streets off the main road, this mighty art deco building sits quite grandly in the otherwise unremarkable street. And it’s pretty special.
It’s true that a lot of visitors come to Scotland through their love of Scotch whisky, and this is particularly evident in Edinburgh, which is the first port of call for most tourists north of the border. Despite not having any distilleries here, there is plenty to satisfy the discerning whisky lover in the city, and one of the most popular attractions on this front is The Scotch Whisky Experience.
The Omni Centre is one of Edinburgh’s biggest entertainment complexes , with huge range of chain restaurants, bars, a gym and a cinema. It enjoys a fantastic location, right bang in the city centre, and its ample parking makes it a firm favourite with locals on the evenings and weekends.
Right in the very heart of the city, you’ll find one of Scotland’s largest and finest collections of art in the Scottish National Gallery. A complex of three different buildings seamlessly interconnected, this wide collection consists of ever-changing exhibitions in the Royal Academy, and permanent works from the great names of European art like Monet, Raphael, Titian and Rembrandt.
One of my favourite places to spend a day is Our Dynamic Earth, beside the Scottish Parliament at the bottom of the Royal Mile. This newly refurbished attraction vividly tells the tale of the planet’s long history, and is a brilliant place to explore for both young and old.
Ideally located at the back of Waverley Station you’ll find The Fruitmarket Gallery, which is a small hub that includes a cafe, bookshop and an exhibition space which showcases the best work by artists from Scotland and beyond.
Edinburgh is chock full of free museums and exhibits, but one of my all-time favourites has to be the Museum of Childhood. I went on my very first visit back when I was 10 years old, and have been back countless times since. Usually, it’s the first place I go when I am playing host to visitors who have never been to Edinburgh before.