Capital of Scotland – Places of Interest

The capital of Scotland, there’s plenty to do in Edinburgh when you’re out and about.  Within easy walking distance of the apartment are many places of interest.  Click on the links to find out more!

There’s a handy World Heritage Map that can help you discover Edinburgh on foot, and some other great sources from the Edinburgh World Heritage charity.

Princes Street & Gardens

Princes Street is home many department stores and from it there are superb views of Edinburgh Castle.  The gardens are a delight in summer, and towards Christmas they are the site of the magical Christmas Market and fun fair.  There is always plenty to see and do.  You can also visit the Scott Monument and the Scottish National Gallery.

 

 

 

 

For great views of the Castle, Princes Street, the River Forth and Holyrood Castle, try a climb up Calton Hill.

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George Street, created as the major thoroughfare in Georgian Edinburgh, now contains many upmarket boutiques, as well as smart restaurants and bars, such as the Dome.

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Food and drink: Scotland’s best

We have lots of restaurants and bars nearby

PICKLES BAR, voted favourite Edinburgh restaurant in Tripadvisor, is a few minutes’ walk away.

NEW CHAPTER, also close by, is another top 10 tripadvisor restaurant.

THE MAGNUM is lovely for a relaxed lunch.

THE ARCHIPELAGO BAKERY, just round the corner, has beautiful artisanal fresh bread and provides delicious snacks and lunches.

 

 

Small Shops, Galleries and Antique stores

The New Town, and a short walk away, trendy Stockmarket, has a large choice of independent stores, art galleries and antique shops.  A fascinating place to stroll and browse!

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Unicorn Antiques
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Curioser and Curioser
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Torrance Gallery

Museums

As in most of Scotland, many museums in Edinburgh are free, although there may be a charge for special exhibitions.  Here are just a couple of them, all within walking distance:

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

national portrait gallery

ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY

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Theatre

Edinburgh boasts many fine theatres, with a variety of styles of presentation.  Nearest to Anthemion is the Edinburgh Playhouse, but the others are easily reached.

Edinburgh Playhouse

Botanic Gardens

A short stroll from Anthemion is Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden, an oasis in the city with stunning landscaped gardens and beautiful glasshouses.  You can have a snack there after you’ve had a walk around.

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Holyrood Palace and Abbey

An easy walk round the bottom of Calton Hill and along Calton Road to the Queen’s Edinburgh residence.  Free audio guide, but also guided tours of both the Palace and the Abbey.

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Fun Tours to other Places of Interest

There are a number of themed tours around the city that give a different perspective on Edinburgh, its life and its history

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GHOST AND HISTORY TOURS
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MORE GHOST TOURS!

city of the dead tours

EAT WALK EDINBURGH FOODIES TOURS
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HISTORIC EDINBURGH WALKING TOURS

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Edinburgh Zoo

Home of Scotland’s two pandas, and a fine group of penguins, Edinburgh Zoo is a great family day out.

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Click here to link to penguin cam!

 

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