I mentioned in a previous post that I’ve been wanting to explore more of my own country and somewhere I always enjoy visiting in particular, is Edinburgh. Although it’s the capital, it’s not somewhere I venture often unless I’ve got a concert to attend or for a spot of shopping.
Edinburgh has so much to offer including lots of great hotels such as The Balmoral and Tigerlily to mention a few. Another of the great attributes is the volume of activities which you can enjoy for free including The National Museum of Scotland, The People’s Story & the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Edinburgh Zoo is also a major attraction which I’ve yet to experience however I plan to visit during Spring or Summer when the weather is a bit more favourable and with my two year old nieces in tow.
The architecture is something I love about the city. It’s stunning, historic and at times gothic with so many stories and tales from each and every building or monument. It’s a quintessential part of the place and one of those key characteristics that regardless of when and where you visit, you’ll still get that same vibe. You could spend days getting to know the city, perhaps taking a guided tour or simply wandering aimlessly, stopping off for a cup of tea or coffee to warm up in between.The Dome is somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for a while but until now I’ve never had a chance to venture inside. At Christmas time it’s absolutely beautiful with all the lights and decorations giving all the festive feels. It’s equally as stunning all year round and has that ‘wow’ factor. We dropped by for a late breakfast after a longer than anticipated journey and that awkward ‘I’m not quite ready for lunch but I need something to eat now’ feeling. The Georgian Tea Room is beautiful and has a very grand aura to it. There are plenty of breakfast options available before the Afternoon Tea commences which I’ll hopefully get to enjoy another time.
After fuelling and heating up we headed out for a wander and to see what we could find. Princess Street and George Street are the main shopping areas with Multrees Walk the designer avenue if you like. The Royal Mile has more traditional shops where you might want to pick up a Scottish gift or souvenir as a reminder of your visit.We then stopped by John Knox House which is a striking building at the half way point of the Royal Mile. It’s also a World Heritage Site which I didn’t know before visiting. The house is one of the oldest in Edinburgh and I was curious to have a look inside and see the layout and character features of which there were many. Entry is £6 and while it won’t take you very long to explore, it is an interesting building.
After a lot of walking and exploring, we stopped by Amarone for lunch. It was a freezing cold day with temperatures remaining at 0° or below therefore the ultimate comfort food was required – pizza. Oh so delicious with a side of chips just to add to the calorie count. They also do really good cocktails and mocktails. The restaurant setting is stunning with the mega high ceilings and beautiful feature chandeliers.
Now on to a once hidden gem of the city which is becoming more well known by the day – Dean Village. You could easily be fooled into thinking you were in a German or Nordic town, the architecture is totally different from anywhere else in the city. Although mainly a residential area, it’s a lovely place to wander and take it all in at a slower and quieter pace compared to the hustle and bustle of the city.
This is a collaborative post & the spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own.