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Guidebook for Edinburgh

Sarah

Guidebook for Edinburgh

Parks & Nature
Beautiful gardens to the north of the city, well worth a visit if you have the time. The gardens themselves are huge, there are 10 incredibly intricate glasshouses (so it can be a good thing if it rains!) There are exhibitions, often events for kids and there is a restaurant/gift shop. Its free & you can get there on the number 8,23 or 27 bus. Post code EH3 5NZ for the west gate. +44(0)131 248 2909 for enquiries and to see if they have events on.
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Ройал Ботаник Гарден Эдинбург
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Beautiful gardens to the north of the city, well worth a visit if you have the time. The gardens themselves are huge, there are 10 incredibly intricate glasshouses (so it can be a good thing if it rains!) There are exhibitions, often events for kids and there is a restaurant/gift shop. Its free & you can get there on the number 8,23 or 27 bus. Post code EH3 5NZ for the west gate. +44(0)131 248 2909 for enquiries and to see if they have events on.
Sightseeing
A nighttime ghost walk - lots of fun and there will be surprises! Not one for the fainthearted! The tours have won lots of awards and take you to the underground vaults and some very historic parts of Edinburgh - knowledgeable tour guides and a fun trip (they have a few) book online at cityofthedeadtours.com or call +44(0)131 225 9044
City Of The Dead Tours
A nighttime ghost walk - lots of fun and there will be surprises! Not one for the fainthearted! The tours have won lots of awards and take you to the underground vaults and some very historic parts of Edinburgh - knowledgeable tour guides and a fun trip (they have a few) book online at cityofthedeadtours.com or call +44(0)131 225 9044
A narrow network of streets, once a busy part of the city that were sealed up during the Plague in order to contain the disease. There are characters dressed up, exhibits & they do tours every 15 mins which take an hour. It is open late in peak season & weekend & as its underground the time of day you visit isn't too important. April - Oct - 7 days a week – 10-9 (last tour) November - March: Sun to Thurs 10–5 Weekend 10-9 2017 Prices Adult £14.75 Senior (60+)£12.95 Student (with valid student ID)£12.95 Child (5 – 15 years)*£8.95 Family (2 Adult + 2 Children)£40.50 No under 5's and it can get super busy as its on the Royal Mile, so recommend booking. www.realmarykingsclose.com
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Mary King's Close
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A narrow network of streets, once a busy part of the city that were sealed up during the Plague in order to contain the disease. There are characters dressed up, exhibits & they do tours every 15 mins which take an hour. It is open late in peak season & weekend & as its underground the time of day you visit isn't too important. April - Oct - 7 days a week – 10-9 (last tour) November - March: Sun to Thurs 10–5 Weekend 10-9 2017 Prices Adult £14.75 Senior (60+)£12.95 Student (with valid student ID)£12.95 Child (5 – 15 years)*£8.95 Family (2 Adult + 2 Children)£40.50 No under 5's and it can get super busy as its on the Royal Mile, so recommend booking. www.realmarykingsclose.com
An obvious choice & a MUST SEE in Edinburgh! Its the same price to book there as it is online I think, but the queues can be crazy, so booking online can be handy & you can collect from self serve machines. You can experience a lot without paying to go in really as the views from the ramparts are incredible but the museums, the internal rooms, the exhibits and the Scottish National War Museum are all ticketed - they also offer an audio tour in 14 languages. Prices: Adult (16 - 59)£17.00 Child (5 - 15)£10.20 60 yrs+£13.60 Open 9.30-6pm April-end of Sept www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk
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Edinburgh Castle
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An obvious choice & a MUST SEE in Edinburgh! Its the same price to book there as it is online I think, but the queues can be crazy, so booking online can be handy & you can collect from self serve machines. You can experience a lot without paying to go in really as the views from the ramparts are incredible but the museums, the internal rooms, the exhibits and the Scottish National War Museum are all ticketed - they also offer an audio tour in 14 languages. Prices: Adult (16 - 59)£17.00 Child (5 - 15)£10.20 60 yrs+£13.60 Open 9.30-6pm April-end of Sept www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk
Edinburgh Zoo is huge, & a great day out in good weather or a little rain - there are several indoor areas. The penguins, the pandas and the Lions & Tigers are top attractions! You need to book a slot to see the pandas - this is separate from the tickets so if its on your list make sure to do that as it can be super busy & often sells out. Plenty of cafes but its very very expensive so pack some water & snacks if looking to save some money! Great city views The Zoo is open every day 9-6 April-Sept. Really easy to get to on Lothian Buses 12, X12, 26, 31, 100 (this is the Airport bus -Airlink) (check out the m-tickets app to make bus travel even easier) www.edinburghzoo.org.uk 0131 334 9171
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Edinburgh Zoo
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Edinburgh Zoo is huge, & a great day out in good weather or a little rain - there are several indoor areas. The penguins, the pandas and the Lions & Tigers are top attractions! You need to book a slot to see the pandas - this is separate from the tickets so if its on your list make sure to do that as it can be super busy & often sells out. Plenty of cafes but its very very expensive so pack some water & snacks if looking to save some money! Great city views The Zoo is open every day 9-6 April-Sept. Really easy to get to on Lothian Buses 12, X12, 26, 31, 100 (this is the Airport bus -Airlink) (check out the m-tickets app to make bus travel even easier) www.edinburghzoo.org.uk 0131 334 9171
The Queen's Airbnb! She is usually in residence for 'Holyrood week' at the end of June/early July. There is a big parade and lots of events on at the Palace at this time. Year round you can visit the ruins of Holyrood Abbey, Mary Queen of Scot's chamber, the state apartments and more. Its free to walk around the outside from the park where you can see the Abbey and to get in to the cafe where you can see the exterior of the palace. 9.30 - 6 until October, 60-90mins is recommended. Prices start at £7.50 for under 17yrs, 60+ £11.40, Adults £12.50. There are also family saver tickets & deals & audio guide is included. www.royalcollection.org.uk
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Palace of Holyrood
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The Queen's Airbnb! She is usually in residence for 'Holyrood week' at the end of June/early July. There is a big parade and lots of events on at the Palace at this time. Year round you can visit the ruins of Holyrood Abbey, Mary Queen of Scot's chamber, the state apartments and more. Its free to walk around the outside from the park where you can see the Abbey and to get in to the cafe where you can see the exterior of the palace. 9.30 - 6 until October, 60-90mins is recommended. Prices start at £7.50 for under 17yrs, 60+ £11.40, Adults £12.50. There are also family saver tickets & deals & audio guide is included. www.royalcollection.org.uk
Amazing optical illusions from the mirrors to rooms where one person at one end looks tiny and the other very tall, powerful telescopes, there are also digital exhibits, heat sensor cameras and lots of fun stuff to do - not edinburgh related (except the views) but a really fun attraction for adults and big kids alike! right next to the castle and great for a rainy day activity! Spread over 5 hrs they recommend 2hrs for a visit and it can be busy. Open every day 9am until 8 or 9pm Prices: Adult: £15.00Student (with ID): £13.00Senior: £13.00Child (5 - 15 years): £11.00 under 5's free
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Камера-обскура
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Amazing optical illusions from the mirrors to rooms where one person at one end looks tiny and the other very tall, powerful telescopes, there are also digital exhibits, heat sensor cameras and lots of fun stuff to do - not edinburgh related (except the views) but a really fun attraction for adults and big kids alike! right next to the castle and great for a rainy day activity! Spread over 5 hrs they recommend 2hrs for a visit and it can be busy. Open every day 9am until 8 or 9pm Prices: Adult: £15.00Student (with ID): £13.00Senior: £13.00Child (5 - 15 years): £11.00 under 5's free
Arts & Culture
Great for kids and adults - this is a 10 min walk from the flat through Holyrood Park or along the street way. This museum is amazing and very easy to take in - its not very touristy more educational although there are scottish exhibits - its interactive, has a lot of digital exhibits & all about our planet - its popular for school trips and days out. They have Scotland's only 360 degree full dome film centre & you can experience an earthquake visit the rainforest & dive the ocean in yellow submarine! Save 10% by booking online at www.dynamicearth.co.uk 0131 550 7800 online prices are Adults £13.50 / Child (4-15) £9.55 / Student & 60+ £11.70 open 10-5.30 last admission 90mins before close.
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Наша динамичная Земля
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Great for kids and adults - this is a 10 min walk from the flat through Holyrood Park or along the street way. This museum is amazing and very easy to take in - its not very touristy more educational although there are scottish exhibits - its interactive, has a lot of digital exhibits & all about our planet - its popular for school trips and days out. They have Scotland's only 360 degree full dome film centre & you can experience an earthquake visit the rainforest & dive the ocean in yellow submarine! Save 10% by booking online at www.dynamicearth.co.uk 0131 550 7800 online prices are Adults £13.50 / Child (4-15) £9.55 / Student & 60+ £11.70 open 10-5.30 last admission 90mins before close.
Food Scene
Popular in Edinburgh this is Scotland's oldest Indian restaurant. They do BYOB with free corkage and are open Sun-Thurs 12-10pm Fri & Sat until 11pm. call 0131 558 1947 to book
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Khushi's
10 Antigua St
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Popular in Edinburgh this is Scotland's oldest Indian restaurant. They do BYOB with free corkage and are open Sun-Thurs 12-10pm Fri & Sat until 11pm. call 0131 558 1947 to book
Incredible food, at prices you would expect should be waaaaay higher for what they serve. They have won so many awards consistently since opening and they have a private dining room you can book out, its very popular so book early, especially if a large group of you. They do a 2 course set lunch for £9.50 tues-sat which is amazing. (£11 for 3 courses!) Vegetarian & Vegan friendly they also serve bone marrow and some great meat dishes so caters to everyone. Lunch is 12-2.30 and dinner 5-10pm book online at www.biabistrot.co.uk or 0131 452 8453
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bia bistrot
19 Colinton Rd
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Incredible food, at prices you would expect should be waaaaay higher for what they serve. They have won so many awards consistently since opening and they have a private dining room you can book out, its very popular so book early, especially if a large group of you. They do a 2 course set lunch for £9.50 tues-sat which is amazing. (£11 for 3 courses!) Vegetarian & Vegan friendly they also serve bone marrow and some great meat dishes so caters to everyone. Lunch is 12-2.30 and dinner 5-10pm book online at www.biabistrot.co.uk or 0131 452 8453
Drinks & Nightlife
High end cocktails - quite an inconspicuous location fantastic drinks in here, be prepared to pay more than average, but the quality is high, sometimes a wait (as they are making cocktails!) but if you want to have a couple of really nice drinks maybe before or after dinner, this is the place for you
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Bramble Bar & Lounge
16A Queen St
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High end cocktails - quite an inconspicuous location fantastic drinks in here, be prepared to pay more than average, but the quality is high, sometimes a wait (as they are making cocktails!) but if you want to have a couple of really nice drinks maybe before or after dinner, this is the place for you
All about beer - no cocktails in here, huge craft beer selection, not many lagers. Great burgers & hotdogs, not a lot of vegetarian choices - its quite specialist but the beer is amazing so if beer and burgers is your thing you'll love it!
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The Hanging Bat
133 Lothian Rd
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All about beer - no cocktails in here, huge craft beer selection, not many lagers. Great burgers & hotdogs, not a lot of vegetarian choices - its quite specialist but the beer is amazing so if beer and burgers is your thing you'll love it!
Cocktails, Craft beers and Vegetarian friendly food (that can also have chicken/prawns added - so it caters for a wide range!) Caramelised Pear & Cashew salad is good with chicken, and they serve all the usual classic cocktails as well as a few unique concoctions of their own. Small beer garden at the back. Really well connected by public transport.
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The Blackbird
37-39 Leven St
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Cocktails, Craft beers and Vegetarian friendly food (that can also have chicken/prawns added - so it caters for a wide range!) Caramelised Pear & Cashew salad is good with chicken, and they serve all the usual classic cocktails as well as a few unique concoctions of their own. Small beer garden at the back. Really well connected by public transport.
Essentials
Super close to the flat this is a large supermarket with everything from food to clothes to electronics. You can get everything you may need here during your stay and it is one of the most cost effective options - it is next to two discount shops (Poundstretcher & BM) which sell canned/packed goods but not fresh fruit/meat etc. We charge for plastic bags in scotland so save 5p and help recycle by taking your own from the flat! Open everyday from 8am - 10pm (7am on Saturdays) you can buy alcohol there but only between 10am and 10pm (this is a Scotland wide restriction)
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Sainsbury's
9-10 Moray Park Terrace
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Super close to the flat this is a large supermarket with everything from food to clothes to electronics. You can get everything you may need here during your stay and it is one of the most cost effective options - it is next to two discount shops (Poundstretcher & BM) which sell canned/packed goods but not fresh fruit/meat etc. We charge for plastic bags in scotland so save 5p and help recycle by taking your own from the flat! Open everyday from 8am - 10pm (7am on Saturdays) you can buy alcohol there but only between 10am and 10pm (this is a Scotland wide restriction)