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places to visit in Edinburgh

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Found 20th Feb 2008
hi all
Going to Edinburgh second week in April just looking for any tips for places to visit

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Is there anything in particular that you're interested in?

There are some great museums in Edinburgh and most of them are free, however the Castle is a bit of a rip-off, last I heard it was over a tenner per person and unless you really want to see the Scottish Crown Jewels and Stone of Destiny then I wouldn't bother too much.

The Museum of Scotland and the Royal Museum are fantastic and well worth a visit to both, the nice thing about the Museum of Scotland is that it shows you how the landmass and the people who have lived in Scotland have changed. It starts from hundreds of millions of years when Scotland was actually on a separate landmass from England and Wales and follows how the moved closer across the Lapetus Ocean and explains why geologists know this. As you go up each floor you get closer to the present day, nice touch! Other things nearby include the Scotch Whisky Museum, the Camera Obscura, etc. If you're interested in fossils at all then Stan Wood's shop on the Grassmarket is worth a look, although he can be a bit expensive. In that same area there are plenty of nice shops and pubs to wile away some time in.

Also worthwhile (if the weather is nice) is a walk up onto the Salisbury Crags and Arthur's Seat which is an extinct volcanic plug that towers over the city and gives you great views of the surrounding area. You also get a bird's eye view of the Parliament building and Holyrood Palace from there. Most of the shops on the Royal Mile (road leading from the castle to the parliament are total tourist traps, although there are a couple of nice restaurants and tea-rooms nearer the bottom half of the road.

There's the Botanic Gardens which are worth a visit if you like that sort of thing and Edinburgh Zoo if you want, not been there in years so can't say what it's like. Near that end of town there's also Murrayfield stadium where the Scottish team play.

Another thing, if you're into wildlife, is maybe a trip to see Bass Rock where there's a huge Gannet population, it's been on Springwatch a couple of times in the past and you can get boats out or go to the observation posts on the mainland and watch the live camera feeds. Check opening times for this, though.

Forgot, there are lots of things like the Edinburgh Dungeons and the Mercat Tours where they take you into the catacombs under the Old Town and tell you about the history of it all, very interesting stuff.

mercattours.com/hom…asp

Is traffic really bad in Edinburgh? I heard stories that it is impossible to find a parking space in city center, so I shouldn't bother driving into it. Is this true?
Also, apart from the Zoo and the Castle - is there anything else for kids there?

I am going to Edinburgh tomorrow and it is going to be my first trip to Scotland How funny - I've been to pretty much all European countries but never went to Scotland before...

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Is traffic really bad in Edinburgh? I heard stories that it is impossible … Is traffic really bad in Edinburgh? I heard stories that it is impossible to find a parking space in city center, so I shouldn't bother driving into it. Is this true? Also, apart from the Zoo and the Castle - is there anything else for kids there? I am going to Edinburgh tomorrow and it is going to be my first trip to Scotland How funny - I've been to pretty much all European countries but never went to Scotland before...



cars are not allowed on princes street, which is the main shopping street. there are park and ride places where you can park and get a bus into the town center. finding a parking place is a nightmare in the center lol, and if you find one, they are not cheap.
another option is to go to ocean terminal first, see the royal yacht brittania, its free parking there, and then get yourself daysaver ticket on the bus into town. buses are very regular, and its only about £2.40 for a days unlimited travel

Thanks for the tip! My kids will be riding bus for the first time in their lives then

BTW, the Castle Terrace car park got 750 parking places - if I come to Edinburgh at 10 in the morning - still no chance to find space there?

PS. Insofar I am planning to go to the Castle, Whisky museum, Arthur Seat and Scottich Museum. Is there anything else?

And another question - are there any free parking spaces for alternative-fuel vehicles?

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BTW, the Castle Terrace car park got 750 parking places - if I come to … BTW, the Castle Terrace car park got 750 parking places - if I come to Edinburgh at 10 in the morning - still no chance to find space there?PS. Insofar I am planning to go to the Castle, Whisky museum, Arthur Seat and Scottich Museum. Is there anything else? :)And another question - are there any free parking spaces for alternative-fuel vehicles?



you might get parked, you might not. i wouldnt guarantee it. no discount on your parking either im afraid.

Thanks! Sorry can't give you rep anymore

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lol np

I can second that the Botanic Gardens are super if you enjoy lovely surroundings. Great place for kids to have a good run around as well.

There's Dynamic Earth too which is near the Parliament building, great place for kids!

dynamicearth.co.uk/ind…ome

Thanks!

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thanks for all the info should keep me busy
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