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Think you know Edinburgh? Here is a complete Edinburgh travel guide

    Your ultimate Edinburgh travel guide to all of the best places to see, do and eat while there.

    I have recently just come back from the most lovely trip to Edinburgh. I spent 3 days over there exploring some of the most beautiful places the city has to offer. It was my very first time there and the city completely surprised any of the expectations I had. Below I have outlined some of my favourite things that I saw and did while I was there for you to add to you Edinburgh itinerary.

    Where to stay in edinburgh…

    We stayed in Yotel on Queen st which was only a 5 minute walk from Princes st and 20 minutes from Edinburgh Castle. This hotel itself feels like you have stepped into a spaceship of sorts with self check in and check out being done at mission control on computers, staff being called crew and rooms being called cabins. The hotel offers a 24 hr gym, meeting rooms and cinema. The rooms are deigned to be compact and compact they are. Most of the rooms are around 170 square feet and not all of them have a window so if this is something you require be sure to request this before check in. We were lucky enough to be upgraded to one of their bigger rooms which offered a more comfortable space. Again it had no window but there is plenty of artificial lights.

    Things to do…

    The Real Mary Kings close

    Located underneath the Edinburgh city chambers lies Mary’s Kings Close a warren of hidden closes where people used to live and work from the 17th century.

    The guided tour takes you under the city chambers to discover the underground close and the secrets that lie beneath. This tour is so much fun and something I would highly recommend adding to your list of things to do while in Edinburgh. What makes this tour even better is that you will be guided around by an ‘actual’ resident of the close, hearing all of the stories of what life was like back in the 17th century.

    Edinburgh Castle

    Towering over Edinburghs city lies on of the most popular tourist attractions and one I would definitely recommend visiting. Edinburgh Castle holds a long rich history dating all the way back to 1103. The castle stands tall on an ancient volcano and has served as a military station, prison and most famously a royal residence. One of the most famous residents of the castle was Mary Queen of Scots who lived between both here and the Palace of Holyrood.

    Harry Potter Locations

    There are so many incredible places within the city of Edinburgh which inspired JK Rowling when writing the famous books.

    Victoria Street- This colourful street is said to be the inspiration for the magical Diagon Alley.

    Harry Potter Shops- There is no surprise that a city like Edinburgh, known for its Harry Potter charm has so many shops dedicated to the books and films. You will almost find a shop dedicated to the Harry Potter series on every street in the old town full of Potter merchandise.

    The Elephant House Cafe- Here is where JK Rowling spent most of her time writing. You can visit the cafe yourself to enjoy a drink or bite to eat in the very place where Harry Potter was written.

    Edinburgh’s Old Town

    The Old Town is the very heart of Edinburgh’s city and is home to some of the most historical and significant landmarks. In my opinion this is one of my favoruite parts of Edinburgh and also one of the most beauitful places. The Old Town has beautiful gothic architecture.

    Princes Street

    If shopping is more your thing then wandering around the Old Town then I would highly recommend taking a visit to Princes Street. The street stretches around 1.2km as is full with some great shops. Princes Street is also one of the most popular spots during Christmas as its full of twinkling fairy lights and markets.

    Places to eat & drink…


    If you’re looking for both an aesthetic and great cafe then I would highly recommend heading to the Milkman. The view on to Cockburn street alone is beautiful but they are also known for having some of the best hot chocolate in the city.

    Mary’s Milk Bar

    If you are looking for something a little more sweet then Mary’s Milk Bar is exactly that. This is one of the most popular ice cream shops in the city for a reason, their homemade geltao’s come in many different flavours and they are so incredibly good!

    Burgers and Beers GrillHouse

    We found this place one day wandering hungry and just wanted to something to fill us up and it was the best choice! The burgers here really good but also very unique, what I mean by that is that you can order a cheese burger which has pasta in it… it sounds interesting but it weirdly works and tastes really good. One thing I would say is that because it is on the royal mile it can be a little over priced and the burgers don’t come with chips.

    Bella Italia

    A delicious authentic Italian restaurant with two different restaurants around the city. This is the perfect place to go if you are just looking for something quick and simple. Their pizzas and pasta are both extremely tasty at a great price.

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