Where To Go in Edinburgh?

#1
I've booked 4 nights at a hotel in Edinburgh with the missus and unsure of where to go (because I'm spectacular when it comes to planning). Have been online pottering about looking at stuff but wondered if anybody could give us any advice. I've never really been in Edinburgh much before so have no idea in regards to night life etc.

Just looking for pubs or clubs and maybe somewhere to get a meal during the day. Or anything at all, actually. I've been looking at theatre stuff too...

Recommendations?
 
#2
Grass Market (just under the castle) full of great studenty wine bars or Rose Street, full of boozers. Ensign Ewart on the Promenade just outside the castle gates...................
Speak to any of the Jocks that work for Scottish Heritage at the castle (a vague recollection of the Black Watch I think) and they will steer you right, Leith is now very proper and poash but just ask.....................................................................
Be prepared to spend some dosh though, I used to work in the City and Central London and I paid my FIRST £3 pint in Edinburgh in 1998. (But I blame the Yank tourists)
 

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Top of the Royal Mile is the whisky Museum.

Museum of Childhood is just a wee bit down from it.

For proper Ghurka type curries try the The Khukuri Restaurant, Edinburgh
 
#8
Day trip to Dunbar and the coastal area is worth it. Dont stay in Edinburgh throughout it has some really nice outlying day trips as well.
 
#9
The Jolly Judge,James Court,Lawnmarket.
It's a very small but cosy pub hidden in a narrow close,not far from the Castle.


Others are; World's End
Ensign Ewart
Deacon Brodies
Flannigans (for the Oirish)
 
#10
Cheers folks, done a bit of looking around. This has been really helpful!

We'll definitely have a scout of some of your suggestions and see what's what.

@Joe_Private we're at the Haymarket Premier Inn (not romantic but have staff discount)

How's the driving in the city these days? Last I was up it was a nightmare thanks to the building of the tram system.
 
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I always seem to end up in the Standing Order (entrances on rose st and george st) ...it's a spoons so the grub isn't spectacular at all but it does the job when your on a shopping excursion. I'm headed to Edinburgh in April to go to the playhouse theatre so I'll be keeping an eye on this thread too for new ideas :)

You gotta go up arthurs seat before you leave too...it's usually bloody windy up there but the views are pretty worth it :)

Avoid CC blooms nightclub like the plague - dingy horrendous place (don't ask me why I was in a gay club in the first place I was too drunk to know any better!)

Edinburgh Dungeon? Royal Yacht Brittania? Edinburgh is a nice easy city to find your way about as well which is always a bonus.

If you are intersted in art there's the scottish national gallery off princes street... would give it a miss if you don't like art though!
 
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Oh! Just remembered... I had a pretty good time the last night I was in City nightclub - I was there as part of the British Unis Skiing Clubs annual dryslope meet up so the club wasn't full of it's usual clientele and I can't be too sure how it is on an ordinary night but it seemed all right to me!
 

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I always seem to end up in the Standing Order (entrances on rose st and george st) ...it's a spoons so the grub isn't spectacular at all but it does the job when your on a shopping excursion. I'm headed to Edinburgh in April to go to the playhouse theatre so I'll be keeping an eye on this thread too for new ideas :)

You gotta go up arthurs seat before you leave too...it's usually bloody windy up there but the views are pretty worth it :)

Avoid CC blooms nightclub like the plague - dingy horrendous place (don't ask me why I was in a gay club in the first place I was too drunk to know any better!)

Edinburgh Dungeon? Royal Yacht Brittania? Edinburgh is a nice easy city to find your way about as well which is always a bonus.

If you are intersted in art there's the scottish national gallery off princes street... would give it a miss if you don't like art though!
If you do like art, there's also the Gallery of Modern Art, both this and SNG are free, thee used to be a free minbus that linked them but not sure if this is still running.
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Also Scottish National Museum is worth a wee look, and if around that area then Greyfriars Kirkyard is a nice wee side visit, if you know the story of Greyfriars Bobby.

And to counteract any feeling sabout that, then this little known museum is well worth a look.
Surgeons' Hall Museum, Edinburgh - Home
 
#16
You gotta go up arthurs seat before you leave too...it's usually bloody windy up there but the views are pretty worth it :)
I was there 2 weeks ago. It was well worth it! Sunshine on Leith ! :)

 

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#17
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Embra is great for tourists and there are dozens of places to visit so don't think you will get anything like everything in - very expensive too. Take one of the open top bus tours, if you get here on one of the dry days :) They are not cheap but they do get you round Edinburgh and you get to see what a beautiful village it is.

Driving in Edinburgh is a 'mare, whatever you do don't end up on Princes Street as that is PNG to cars - buses n taxis only. There used to be a large car park - well waste ground - beside the hotel you are staying in, but with all the work going on for the trams (another Edinburgh joke just to catch out tourists and locals alike) it may not be in use any more. The hotel should be able to let you know, if the hotel does not have dedicated car parking of its own. Parking in Edinburgh is also very expensive - you beginning to see a pattern here?

Ryries pub in Haymarket is worth a visit, good old fashioned pub with a local clientèle and also a through crowd as it is beside the train station. The Scots Guards club is just opposite the station and I believe they welcome squaddies and ex servicemen, might be worth dropping in. Again, just down from your hotel.

Hope you have a great stay in our wonderful Capital city.
 
#18
Castle (obviously) Take your ID card for free entry.
Mary King's Close

What hotel, and when?
Seconded.

Also try Hectors in Stockbridge for food. Very nice pub/bar.

Also do a ghost walk on the royal mile, they are fab :eek:)
Thirded.

My wife and I went on it a few years ago. Very interesting.

Also you could try the Oxford Bar, in Young Street, you may bump into the author Ian Rankin (wrote the Rebus novels).
 
#19
Cheers folks, done a bit of looking around. This has been really helpful!

We'll definitely have a scout of some of your suggestions and see what's what.

@Joe_Private we're at the Haymarket Premier Inn (not romantic but have staff discount)

How's the driving in the city these days? Last I was up it was a nightmare thanks to the building of the tram system.
About to get much, much worse, I'm afraid; a major refit of Gas Pipes in Queensferry Street, just next to the West End, Princes St and Lothian Road is going to cause absolute fcuking chaos.

As for pubs/places to eat, I'd also recommend the Hunter's Tryst, although it's off the beaten track. But the fact that it's far from the centre of Edinburgh means it's usually a little quieter. A nice, cozy little place with good food.

If you fancy a day trip, Rosslyn Chapel is a short drive from Edinburgh and well worth a visit.
 
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