First Time In Edinburgh
Replies: 18 - Last Post: Mar 6, 2013 2:01 PM Last Post By: PoppyG
Jan 31, 2013 3:28 AM
First Time In EdinburghHi
Myself and partner are travelling to Edinburgh for the 1st time in a month. We are looking for help of where to eat and visit etc. We know about the Castle etc but trying to find some hidden gems. Some friends mentioned Edinburgh has great festivals but are there any on in March? We are staying at Parliament House Hotel so kind of central I think but would you suggest renting a car to see more of Edinburgh or is transport good? I have also looked into the zoo but heard it is not as good in winter. Is this true?
Any help is great!
Jan 31, 2013 9:12 AM
1The main festival season in Edinburgh is August, you definitely do not need a car in Edinburgh as 90% of what you would likely to want to see is within a few minutes walk from the Royal Mile.
The main exceptions are the Botanical Gardens (23 or 27 bus), Zoo (anything heading to Cosrstophine) or the Royal Yacht Britannia (22 bus).
Feb 1, 2013 3:16 AM
2Is transport good ?
Feb 1, 2013 6:38 AM
3I would say the zoo is better in winter because it's not as busy, but it does get very cold because it's located on a hill. Wear appropriate shoes because some of the paths are very steep and there is quite a lot of walking. If you want to see the pandas you need to book a viewing slot in advance - this can be done on their website.
I don't think there are any festivals on in March but there will still be theatre and music performances happening - a quick google search should show you what's on.
Hidden gems - lots - but it depends on what you're in to.
Feb 1, 2013 7:31 AM
4The Science festival is on from March 23rd (to April 7th)
Feb 1, 2013 6:40 PM
Feb 3, 2013 5:48 PM
6":The List" gives listings of things going on in Edinburgh. It's a great place to start your search.
Feb 9, 2013 8:38 AM
7Chocolate Tree has amazing cakes, chocolates. IMO they are the best in Edinburgh!!
Also a newly opened place called Timberyard, They are not cheap but very good.
If you're after a quick and cheap bite, try Mosque Kitchen, they are on the South Bridge.
Feb 10, 2013 12:42 AM
8Absolute first thing to do for any visitor to Edinburgh should be one of the hop-on, hop-off bus tours. That will give you a good idea of where everything is and what it's about.
Even as someone who's familiar with Edinburgh I've learnt something new every time I've taken one.
Feb 10, 2013 4:25 AM
I went to Edinburgh last year for the first time as well and I found a wonderful little cafe. It's not in the center of the city, but it's a cute little place (furnished like the living room of an old lady, but in a very nice way ;) ) perfect for a little tea break with sandwiches or homemade cake. I actually stayed there for two hours drinking tea and reading the newspaper :)
It's down Regent Road, passing the Regent Road Bowling Club on the right :) and then you'll see the off-white coloured building. Afterwards you can go down Abbeymount, which will bring you to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Just-the-Ticket/203405199713629 or http://www.just-the-ticket.biz
Apart from that, what I did was to just walk around with a map, always choosing the street that looked most interesting. You'll always find great shops or places that way and the city is perfect to explore it that way!
Anyways, have fun!!
You'll love it there :)
Mar 3, 2013 6:07 AM
Mar 3, 2013 8:20 AM
11Tradfest is in April, fiddle festival in November, although you can hear trad musicians any night at Sandy Bell's.
All good zoos have their different strong points - Edinburgh is known for its penguins, its monkey house and its giant pandas. It's also one of the few places in Europe where you can see koalas.
Mar 3, 2013 8:40 AM
12And after Sandy Bells closes, the Royal Oak! One time I was there the small upstairs bar had several Americans (it must be in a guide book), one of whom was bewailing the talent on offer. She should have stuck around till later, when everyone who could negotiate the stairs was downstairs.
That was in my late youth/early middle age though. Long time ago.
Mar 3, 2013 8:54 AM
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