Edinburgh City Break

View of Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street, Arthur’s Seat, The Royal Mile, no wonder Edinburgh is the UK number 2 favourite destination (Trip advisor travellers choice 2014).






Day One of your Edinburgh City Break

Arrive at your chosen hotel, dump your bags quickly and stride out to make the most of the capital of Scotland. A good starting point is the City Sightseeing Tour. A 24 hour ticket enables you to use this as your means of transport for the rest of the day and tomorrow as well. The tour is an hour and runs every 20-30 minutes. An excellent way to see all the sights, get into the holiday spirit, and tour the city streets with a commentary so you don’t miss anything.

shutterstock_180862946 Edinburgh arthurs seatshutterstock_121657249 Arthurs SeatIf you are feeling energetic then get off the bus at the Palace of Holyrood house and climb the stone path to the top of Arthurs Seat, 251m        above sea level! If there is time then do visit the Palace of Holyrood house, last admissions at 4:30pm it is open until 6pm between April October

Finally – explore the Old Town and experience the witchery murder and mystery tour.  These start from 7pm and last 75-80 minutes. Full details and how to book are on the Cadies and Witchery Tours website.



Day Two of your Edinburgh City Break

Start off with Edinburgh Castle. There is a lot to see and so allow 3 hours at least. The walk there will take in the Royal Mile and once there you have exploring to do, the view to enjoy as well as Scotland’s crown jewels, the military museums, the national war memorial.

Near to the castle is the Scotch Whisky Experience where you can see how whisky is made as well as sampling for yourself.

For the rest of the afternoon, perhaps some browsing in the New Town taking in the Princes Street and George street shops and the Princes Street gardens.  Nearby are the Royal Scottish Academy and the National Gallery of Scotland.

Day Three of your Edinburgh City Break

If you have time before you leave then head over to the National Museum of Scotland, or explore the Royal Botanic garden.  Alternatively explore Leith waterfront and visit the Royal Yacht Britannia.  Bus numbers 16, 11, 10 will take you there from bus stop PC in Princes Street.


Getting There:

By Train is your best option, the Edinburgh Waverley Station is right in the city centre. Sign up to my mailing list for a free e-book that demonstrates how to get the cheapest train fares.

If you want to come by car then the parking options at Premier In are covered below.

Where to Stay for your Edinburgh City Break:

There are 3 central Premier Inn Hotels to choose from, all very reasonably priced with the very best rates can be obtained on Sunday and Monday overnight stays. All are very well placed to enjoy all of the attractions in Edinburgh.

  • Edinburgh City Haymarket Premier Inn is a few minutes’ walk from Haymarket train station. Trains run very frequently from Waverley station and it is just one stop to Haymarket. Onsite parking is available at the hotel (first come first served) at £8.00 per day.

For easy access by road and for bargain rates from £35 per night and free parking then the Premier Inn at Edinburgh Park (The Gyle) and Edinburgh East offer very good value and are on excellent bus routes into Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh East Premier Inn is within walking distance of Holyrood park and Arthurs seat. A 44 bus will take you to the centre of Edinburgh.

A number 22 bus stop is 10 minutes walk from the Gyle Hotel, and the Edinburgh Zoo is only 3.5 miles away.

Lothian buses have an excellent journey planner to help you find bus routes, bus stops etc.

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  1. I am actually off to edinburgh tomorrow for the day so will take some of your tips on board and feed back. We were originally between the zoo (to see the pandas) or the castle but didn’t know about a lot of the places you highlight so more ideas, especially going to pay arthurs seat, thanks.

  2. We went at Christmas and absolutely loved it, if you visit at this time of year make sure you visit the Dome – the most festive place I’ve ever seen!

  3. I’ve been to Edinburgh a few times over the years. The view from the Castle is is great and there’s nothing like taking a leisurely stroll down the Royal Mile. I agree with you about arriving by train, too. You couldn’t get much closer to the city centre than that. Actually, the rail journey to Edinburgh from the south is fab by itself, you get to see the Northumberland coast and cross the Tyne Bridge too!


  1. Frank Borris says:

    Frank Borris

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