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Edinburgh City Breaks

When it comes to sightseeing, city breaks to Edinburgh simply can’t be beaten. Plus, there aren’t many cities which offer what this one does: Large outdoor spaces right in the heart of the city? Check. Fun festivals? Check. You really do have the luxury of experiencing it all during one exciting retreat. Scotland’s bustling capital is a favourite staycation spot amongst avid travellers. This isn’t just because of the cheery bagpipe players or its unique national dish (haggis), but thanks to its proud, colourful architecture, stunning monuments and historical importance. It’s also a melting pot of different cultures, including film, which you can learn about for yourself by following the Edinburgh Film Map!

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A City Bursting with Greenery

When venturing on a city break, you want to feel a part of the booming atmosphere and electric nightlife, while uncovering popular tourist attractions. However, after a day or two, you’re bound to crave the countryside. Not to worry, you’ll get the best of both worlds if you escape to this dreamy destination. It’s the glorious (and highly accessible) number of green settings which make Edinburgh so special. Once you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped, why not pack up a picnic to tuck into at the Meadows? This grassy scene can be found just to the south of the city centre and is the perfect place to relax, following a busy afternoon seeing the sights.


Historical Treasures

Edinburgh is a magical metropolis brimming with iconic landmarks, all of which contribute to the story of its rich past. Walking enthusiasts will be thrilled to hear that they can climb up to Arthur’s Seat. When you reach the top, you can peacefully sit back and embrace the panoramic views of the land beneath you. Pretty cool, right? Edinburgh Castle is another history hotspot, known for its former regal residency and striking exterior. You can even see this fortress from afar, so make sure you look out for it in the distance as you stroll down Princes Street.


Tasty Treats Far and Wide

In Scotland’s capital, you’ll find countless cafes and restaurants which will take your taste buds on a flavour-filled adventure. Head over to Mimi’s Bakehouse for their award-winning Beforenoon Tea - a modern twist on afternoon tea, which makes for a delicious dining experience. It includes a choice of bacon or egg butties accompanied by morning muffins, granola pots and dulce de leche waffles. Which delights you receive just depends on the branch you choose to dine at. Some of the eateries here are pined after by famous stars we know and love, too. Take Social Bite: a quirky sandwich shop chain (which donates its profits to homeless people), that was once visited by George Clooney.


Seek Out Edinburgh Old Town

Edinburgh Old Town (alongside the New Town) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you’ll see why when exploring the beauty of this exquisite area during your travels. Wander down the Royal Mile, which is a sequence of classic cobbled streets stretching from the castle to the palace. You can admire the historic buildings that are situated here, as well as perusing the string of local shops which sit around every corner. Or, if you’re looking to join the locals for a pint, venture along the Grassmarket and enjoy a spectacular pub crawl like no other.