Things to do in Edinburgh
The City of Edinburgh is one of the greatest cities to live in, with so many cultural and historical attractions, beautiful scenery and places to visit, we have listed the best places to go.
Voted by students, the University of Edinburgh won the award for City Life (WhatUni Student choice awards 2019).
There is so much to always do and explore in Edinburgh - either on your own or with others and most of the best attractions are free.
One of the more popular and busy tourist streets in the city, leading to so many other great places to see in Edinburgh, including Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood House.
Located in the city of Edinburgh, this is a fully accessible building. You can visit and enter the debating chamber, receive a free tour and check out the unique modern architecture.
Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland from its position on the Castle Rock. You can get tickets to explore inside the castle (and take advantage of the guided tours) or simply walk around the outside taking in panoramic views of the city below.
The Scott Monument is a Victorian Gothic monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It is right in the centre of the New Town and you can pay to climb all the way to the top where you'll discover stunning views of the city.
Royal Botanical Garden
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is a scientific centre for the study of plants, their diversity and conservation, as well as a popular tourist attraction. It is free to enter if you want to wander around the grounds and there are tours and events year-round.
Best places to get outdoors
Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crags
A popular hike for students with a stunning 360-degree view of the entire city at the end - this is definitely worth a visit. Rumour has it that it is good luck for first years in climb this mountain in their first week....
This is the central park of Edinburgh that is the hub for barbeques, sports, and sun. Perfect for those summer evenings and picnics with friends, a great place to relax, and close by to the University of Edinburgh central campus.
Calton Hill is a mix of bustling commercial areas and quiet residential streets. The hill itself, with its city views, is home to the Collective contemporary art gallery and the unfinished National Monument.
Come rain or shine, Edinburgh has many local beaches to check out. One of these is Portobello beach, a popular choice for students and easy to get to by bus.