Things to do in Edinburgh in 2022

Edinburgh is one hell of a place. So much history, and so much to see – all in a compact city of around 540,000! From the magnificent Edinburgh Castle and the stunning Old Town to the famous Royal Mile and the world’s largest arts festival, this gorgeous city truly has something for everyone. 

With the pandemic finally winding down, this year is the perfect time to visit. If you have the urge to taste the delights of this wonderful city, then read on to discover some of the best things to do in “Auld Reekie” this year and check out airbnb management edinburgh for some great places to stay.

Arthur’s Seat

If you want the most panoramic views of Edinburgh, then a walk up to the top of Arthur’s Seat is a must. Standing 250 metres above sea level, Arthur’s Seat is an extinct volcano (how many cities can boast that?) and is the highest point of a group of grassy volcanic hills lying in Holyrood Park.  It was once a hill fort, and as legend has it, it was named after King Arthur. Was this stunning location once Camelot? No one knows for sure – but an easy hike to the summit will reward you with spectacular views over Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Castle

You can’t visit Edinburgh and not see the castle. It’s world-famous and is the most-visited tourist attraction in the city for good reason. It has a long and complex history. The castle dates back to the 12th century and has dominated the Edinburgh skyline ever since. It has been a Royal residence, a garrison and even a prison! Like Arthur’s Seat, the castle sits on an extinct volcano, and the imposing fortress beautifully encapsulates the history of the city.  Today, the castle houses the Crown Jewels of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny and the famous One O’Clock Gun. If you’re in Edinburgh in August, make sure you do not miss the stunning Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, hosted at this amazing castle.

Old Town

 This is Edinburgh’s oldest neighbourhood, sitting under the watchful eye of the magnificent castle. If you’re looking for history, you’ll find it here – ancient buildings, cobbled roads, relics, museums, and excellent pubs and restaurants too! There’s a distinct medieval feel to everything, and it is so easy to drift away to an old world of steep side streets and dank labyrinths! Take the centuries-old rout from the Castle to Holyrood Palace and truly immerse yourself in the history of this city. It’s a great place to explore and you’ll find excellent souvenir shops all set to the tune of bagpipes. Visit in August and take in all the best the Edinburgh Festival has to offer, and if nightlife is your thing, you’ll find amazing clubs to dance and drink the night away.

Palace Of Holyroodhouse

Dripping in history, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of The Queen in Scotland. Even if you don’t get to see Her Majesty there, you can soak in the long and bloody past of this beautiful building. Dating back to the 12th century and located right across the street from the Scottish Parliament, you can learn of the palace’s association with famous historic figures like Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie. This beautiful palace is open throughout the year – do not miss it!

National museum of Scotland

If you’re a history afficionado, the National Museum of Scotland must not be missed. Situated in Chambers Street in the heart of the Old Town, there is something for everyone to see here. All aspects of the fascinating history of Scotland are covered – royalty, culture, engineering, technology, inventions and so much more. And if the weather is kind, check out the fantastic views on display on the rooftop terrace.

Getting around 

Edinburgh is a compact city – many of the best attractions are easily accessed on foot. If walking isn’t your thing, you’ll be glad to know the city is well served with great bus and tram links – and taxis are also plentiful!

Final thoughts

This is just the tip of the iceberg of the best things to do in this amazing city. However long you are in Edinburgh, you’ll find something to suit every budget and every taste. Drink it all in and enjoy your visit, and you’ll learn that once is never enough!

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