Places to explore this Summer in Edinburgh
Edinburgh is a beautiful city in all seasons and summer is no different.
There are loads of places to keep you busy over the break and I'm here to share with you 5 amazing spots...
First stop, Edinburgh Zoo!
Edinburgh Zoo is situated 3 miles to the west of Edinburgh city and is set in 82 acres of gorgeous sloping parkland. Once you arrive there you will not be short of things to do because this zoo has over 1000 endangered and rare animals.
But if that wasn’t enough already you can experience a busy programme of educational events and activities like keeper talks and hands-on animal encounters. After your busy day, don't forget to pop into the gift shop either!
Next up...Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle has played a pivotal role in Scottish history and is now Scotland’s most atmospheric and popular tourist attractions and it's in walking distance from the city centre.
To delve into the castles full glory be sure to check out all of the different activities and events going on all around the castle. In particular, the famous ‘One O’clock Gun’ where you can watch and listen to the 25 pounder signal at 1pm!
After your day of adventuring be sure to make your way to ‘Queen Ann Building’ which has beautiful tea rooms waiting for you.
Let's Go to Portobello Promenade
It wouldn't be summer without a trip to the beach and Portobello is stunning, to say the least.
Its beautiful golden sands are great for taking a stroll down or catching some rays (if you're lucky). Packing a picnic is a good idea but if you prefer to eat out, Portobello’s got you sorted. St Andrews restaurant is famous for its fish and chips - the perfect treat for walking down the promenade.
Off to The Meadows, We Go!
Nothing beats a FREE day out and in the south of the city centre, we have The Meadows. A perfect venue for a full day fun, especially when you're on a budget.
Many people like to use the park for exercise, particularly running. But if you fancy trying something new, they have a tennis courts, croquet and a cricket pitch. If the weather's good, take some food and make use of the BBQ areas.
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Last But Not Least, George Street
Whether you’re in need of some retail therapy or fancy a cocktail, George Street has dozens of designer shops and stylish bars.
There a plenty of places to eat out too - if you fancy some Scottish cuisine, then give the ‘Cannonball Restaurant and Bar’ a try, with stunning views of Edinburgh Castle, you get dinner and a view.
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