Official Guide to Edinburgh
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Weekend Breaks

A contemporary cultural capital, weekend breaks provide you with a fantastic opportunity to explore the city’s history and heritage

Weekend Breaks in Edinburgh

Why not start your weekend break with a morning visit to Edinburgh Castle, Scotland’s top visitor attraction.  From there it’s a short walk to the modern home of the Scottish Parliament and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, taking in the sights of the historic old town and Royal Mile along the way.

If you are not sure where to begin your tour of the city, why not hire the service of a tour guide? The Scottish Tourist Guides Association is the professional membership body for fully trained and accredited tourist guides in Scotland and can provide bespoke tours for families, businesses or educational groups. They can literally go that extra mile and help you with many aspects of your trip including transport, accommodation, attractions, food, shops and facilities - the perfect solution to make the most of your short breaks.

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Outdoors

Botanics Palm House

If you prefer the great outdoors, Edinburgh’s beautiful Royal Botanic Garden is the perfect location for a leisurely afternoon stroll or short walk through the gorgeous grounds.  For those feeling more energetic, a walk up Arthur’s Seat will reward you with stunning views of the city, Fife and the Pentlands.

Princes Street, George Street and Multrees Walk provide the opportunity for some retail therapy whilst the Grassmarket, Old Town and West End offer a wealth of small, individual boutiques, gift shops and specialist stores along with cafes, restaurants and bars for a light bite or fine dining experience. Edinburgh's districts of Bruntsfield, Morningside, Southside and Stockbridge also boast a variety of independent shops and eateries particularly enjoyable for a weekend browse.

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Top Visitor Attractions

The Royal Yacht Britannia Marc Millar

A host of top visitor attractions can be explored on the outskirts of the city centre.  Why not pay a visit to Edinburgh Zoo and say hello to our world famous pandas - very popular, particularly at weekends.  Step aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia docked at Leith or step inside Rosslyn Chapel, featured in the blockbuster movie and novel, the Da Vinci Code. 

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The End of a Perfect Weekend

Tower Restaurant

Edinburgh has more restaurants per head than any UK city outside London and a wide range of trendy clubs and sophisticated bars in which you can enjoy a traditional Scottish tipple or a freshly mixed cocktail. Alternatively you could catch a play at one of the city’s arts venues, dance the night away at a traditional ceilidh or explore the ghostly ruins of Edinburgh’s old town on an evening tour. 

Other quick links to help you make the most of weekend breaks in Edinburgh include:

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