Old Nov 4th, 2001, 07:40 PM
Posts: n/a

I am thinking of visiting Edinburgh during my trip to the UK. How long s recommended for this city and what are the 'must sees' or must dos'? Any tips appreciated!!
Old Nov 4th, 2001, 08:49 PM
Posts: n/a

Did you know that Fodors publishes books about places like Edinburgh and that you can make your own miniguide, culled from those books, at this very website?

In case you really didn't know that, try this:

http://fodors.com/miniguides/[email protected]

Old Nov 4th, 2001, 09:08 PM
Posts: n/a
Hi Cathy,
I just got back from Edinburgh and absolutely loved it! It's a breathtaking city. I was there for 4 days. I arrived by train at Waverley Station from London's Kings Cross Station. FYI--if you decide to take the train call ahead from home for tickets, it will save you a lot of money.
Here are some of the things I did that I would highly recommend, and that just about every visitor sees:
1. Edinburgh Castle
2. Holyrood Palace
3. Calton Hill
4. The National Gallery
5. St. Giles Cathedral
6. Royal Museum/Museum of Scotland
7. John Knox's House
8. Georgian House
9. The Writer's Museum
10. The wonderful walking tours of the city: great ghost tours and literary pub tour.
11. The Royal Botanic Garden
12. The Grassmarket area

The main thing to do in Edinburgh is WALK. Just walk everywhere. I must have walked 10 miles a day there, and mostly in loops and circles. It was wonderful. For major shopping areas, there is Princes Street and the Royal mile.
I stayed at Castle View Guest House (www.castleviewgh.co.uk), which I highly recommend. It was lovely.

I hope you go and have a great time!
Old Nov 5th, 2001, 03:44 AM
Tony Hughes
Posts: n/a
I would turn the question around and say 'Why are you thinking of visiting Edinburgh?'. There must be something of appeal that you already know for you to want to visit it, after all it's rare to visit somewhere on a simple whim.

Avoid Grassmarket, it's old but crammed with student pubs. Unless you are a student I suppose.
Old Nov 5th, 2001, 06:06 AM
Posts: n/a
We visited Edinburgh last Easter.
I endorse Vanessa's recommendation to the letter. It's a wonderful city.
Go and enjoy!
Old Nov 5th, 2001, 08:59 AM
Posts: n/a
Great City! Vanessa's suggestions are right on. Be sure to spend some time in the Georgian section of the City as well. Many good restaurants, Indian, Asian, Italian (The Patio is fun and very good), etc. Try the Shore out on the Estuary. Great food. Nice atmosphere on the water. Reservations essential. Staurt House is another nice B&B. Edinburgh is one of our favorite Cities.
Old Nov 5th, 2001, 04:31 PM
Posts: n/a
We spent two weeks this fall in London (only one day) then York, then the Yorkshire Dales (wonderful little town called Reeth near Richmond), then Durham, then Alnwick and finally Edinburgh. Ended by taking the train directly back to London King's Cross. If you commit to a certain train and book second class on a certain date and time, it's very reasonable. Wonderful part of England/Scotland. Deacon Brodie's pub on the Royal Mile is super. Also, don't miss the Scotch Heritage Museum near the Castle which includes great history of whisky and tastings too. Edinburgh's a perfect walking city. Holyrood Palace is lovely and you can spend hours at Edinburgh Castle.
Old Nov 6th, 2001, 09:22 PM
Posts: n/a
THANK YOU everyone for your ideas and advice.... much appreciated!!! THANK YOU all.
Old Nov 8th, 2001, 03:18 PM
Posts: n/a
Cathy, there is a really useful guide to the best of Edinburgh at:


Other useful sites include:


I would recommend the Castle; the Botanic Gardens; and a walk up Arthurs Seat for the views - if the weather is clear.

Old Nov 13th, 2001, 08:43 AM
Posts: n/a
There was an article in the Independent newspaper (UK) a while back - titled the 50 best things to see and do in Edinburgh. Anyway, the article is at: http://travel.independent.co.uk/dest...sp?story=56312 (Cut and paste the whole url).

They recommended:

Best getaways
Royal Botanic Gardens
Portobello Beach
Arthur's Seat
Princes Street Gardens
Short-Hole Course In The Meadows
Calton Hill
Water Of Leith
Dean Cemetery
The Commonwealth Pool

Best pubs & bars
Port O' Leith
The Blue Moon Caf?
The Pond
Dizzy Lizzy's
Caf? Royal
City Cafe
The Cask And Barrel

Best restaurants
The Witchery
Brattisani's Fish And Chip Restaurant
The Tower
The Apartment
La Potiniere
The Tapas Tree
Restaurant Martin Wishart

Best shops
Jane Davidson
Joseph Bonnar
Wm Armstrong & Sons
Robert Cresser's Brush Shop
Valvona & Crolla
Just Junk
The Cook's Bookshop

Best tourist attractions
Dynamic Earth
Camera Obscura
Mary King's Close
National Museum Of Scotland Discovery Centre
Roslin Chapel
The Royal Yacht Britannia
Edinburgh Zoo
The Royal Mile
The National Galleries
The Forth Railway Bridge


Old Nov 14th, 2001, 01:01 AM
Posts: n/a

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 09:29 AM.