5 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Edinburgh

Are you putting together a post-lockdown trip wish list? One of our favourite places to visit in the UK is the magical city of Edinburgh. Here are five reasons why you need to visit Edinburgh this Autumn.

Castles, restaurants and galleries galore. It is impossible to get bored in Edinburgh. The Capital’s true character however can’t be measured by its attractions alone. It is measured by the feeling you get there. The kindness and warmth of its people, as well as the calm and tranquillity of it, are tucked in green spaces.

“This is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.” Alexander McCall Smith 

Just take one trip to Edinburgh and you will witness how much this quote from Alexander McCall Smith, an Edinburgh based Author. Captures the magic and spirit of the city in words.

With a stunning skyline from wherever you look, it’s so simple to understand why so many poets, artists, writers and people of note over the years were inspired by this city.

Hopefully, we will convince you to fall in love with Edinburgh too!

1. You love history

Edinburgh Castle Blue Sky
Edinburgh Castle is always watching over the city. Photo by @shayleholliephotography

Location: Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, UK – View on map

We know that this is going to sound predictable, bear with us! We truly believe that Edinburgh Castle is something everyone should see. The views are incredible, and we find out something new and interesting every time we go. It’s so historically important. As one of the oldest castles in the UK, it is believed to have been occupied since the Bronze age. The castle, sitting on top of an extinct volcano is the biggest tourist attraction in all of Scotland. The panoramic views are not to be missed.

2. You’re a Harry Potter fan

The Elephant house cafe
“Harry found the [tea]… seemed to burn away a little of the fear fluttering in his chest.” J.K. Rowling Photo by @shayleholliephotography
Location: The Elephant House, 21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN – View on map

The Elephant House has established itself as one of the best tea and coffee houses in Edinburgh. Pull up a chair in the famous place of inspiration to writers such as J.K. Rowling, who sat writing much of her early novels in the back room overlooking Edinburgh Castle.

When you’re finished if you want to continue the search for magic or inspiration you’ll find Mr Potter and other familiar names on gravestones at Edinburgh’s Greyfriars’s Kirkyard. It’s literally just steps from The Elephant House where Rowling penned the first book.

3. You want to spot the UK’s only Giant Pandas

Penguin Parade Edinburgh zoo
Penguin Parade! Photo by @shayleholliephotography

Location: 134 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh – View on map

For the animal mad or families in need of a day out. Set amongst 82 acres of gorgeous sloping parkland. Edinburgh Zoo is situated three miles to the west of Edinburgh city centre. This beautifully well-kept zoo is home of the Penguin Parade and the UK’s only Giant Pandas. Meet their amazing animals and learn about their wildlife conservation work to protect species in Scotland and around the world.

4. You admire the weird and wonderful

Camera Obscura
Image by Wolfgang Claussen from Pixabay

Location: Camera Obscura and World of Illusions Edinburgh, Castlehill, The Royal Mile, EH1 2ND – View on map

For the lovers of illusions and all things weird and wonderful. Give the magical world of Camera Obscura a visit. You’ll leave feeling well and truly amazed. (In my case also a little bit dizzy!)

Home to the ‘Great Telescope’ since taking over in 1977, Camera Obscura continued the work that Maria Short and Patrick Geddes started. They collaborate with artists, inventors and technical wizards – to plunge you into a world of wonder and delight.

5. You enjoy a fright

Ghost Bus Tour Edinburgh
Image by David Drummond from Pixabay

Halloween is quickly approaching and if you love nothing more than being scared out of your mind. Edinburgh is for you! There are SO many different tours you could choose from. From exploring the underground vaults late-night terror tour to comedy horror shows – Edinburgh ghost tour by bus! Check out this website and have a look for one that would suit you. Is there anything cooler than a ghost tour in this hauntingly beautiful city? It’s going straight onto our list this Autumn.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our five reasons you need to visit Edinburgh article. Hopefully, we’ve given you some inspiration to take a trip this Autumn. If we have, or you’ve ever been to Edinburgh and want to share your experiences with us then leave us a message in the comments below. We love to hear your stories!

Header photo credit: Arno Senoner on Unsplash

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